Jack Hayward-Slattery

By |

Trainee Rigger

Jack joined RigPro in 2022 and started his apprenticeship in 2023. He has been sailing since he was 11 years old and competed in the Optimist and Starling race circuit.

Jack races aboard multiple keelboats in the Auckland regattas and has competed in numerous coastal races around New Zealand. He has coached dinghy sailing at Glendowie Boating Club for many seasons. Like most of our staff he has a strong passion for the sea.

Tom Brown

By |

Operations Manager

Tom joined RigPro in 2023. Tom is a second-generation yacht rigger from Falmouth, England so consequently started his apprenticeship as soon as he could walk.
He has over 12 years’ experience in the industry from racing classics and Superyachts to managing large rigging projects.
Tom has managed prestigious projects such as Hetairos, Kamaxitha, Halekai, Vijonara and Adix but is equally at home aloft working on smaller race boats.

He has a long-standing history working alongside the International RigPro team so joining our team was an easy transition.
Tom is our hands on manager leading our team of riggers in New Zealand.

Aaron Pennell

By |

Composite Sparmaker and Senior Rigger

Aaron joined RigPro in 2022. He has 24 years of mast building experience at both Marten Spars and Southern Spars and has been involved in the build of hundreds of masts from laminating to final fit out. He is a first-class composite specialist, with his skills for laminate repairs being requested in all corners of the world. When he’s not working on masts, he likes to ride in Moto cross events and restore his 1962 Mini.

Peter Gamble

By |

Trainee Rigger

Peter joined RigPro in May 2022.
He left school at 17 to work as a deckhand on Superyachts, aboard the Southern Spars rigged Georgia.
He was watchkeeper aboard Thalia and the Mate aboard My Star.
He has been sailing for 11 years both racing and cruising.
He has raced competitively in, Starling dinghies, Flying Dutchman as well as the 29er class.
He is a keen kite surfer and enjoys offroad rallying in his 4 x 4 truck.

Patrick Morgan

By |

Trainee Rigger/Assistant Project Manager

Pat joined RigPro in September 2022.
Pat has been sailing since he was 8 years old starting in Optimists and progressing through the P Class and Starling fleets into the 29er Class where he represented New Zealand multiple times in the World Championships placing in the top 10.
He now competes in the 49er class with his twin brother and placed 3rd in the Junior Worlds in 2022.
When he’s not practicing in the 49er or coaching other dinghy sailors, he races aboard various keel boats in the Waitemata.
He graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Finance and Supply chain management.

Andrew Cooke

By |

Senior Rigger

Andrew joined RigPro in 2019

He has over 26 years of experience in the rigging and engineering industries.

He has previously  owned his own stainless engineering company and has constructed multiple motor boats.

He is a very experienced keelboat racer and has competed in everything from Elliot 5.9s  through to an Orma 60 Trimaran. He currently races aboard a TP52 out of Auckland.

He has 30,000 nm of  bluewater cruising and racing experience under his belt.

Gavin Ninnes

By |

Trainee Rigger

Gavin joined RigPro in 2020

He is a keen skiff sailor and is currently competing in the 49er skiff regattas.

He trialled for the 49er Olympic team in 2020 but was pipped to the line by Burling and Tuke.

Prior to that he owned a 29er dinghy and competed in international regattas.

Gavin coaches sailing at  Pt Chevalier Yacht Club  and the  French Bay Yacht Club


Alex Mitchell-Barker

By |

Trainee Rigger

Alex joined RigPro in 2019

He has 3 years of experience in the rigging industry.

He is a competitive foiling skiff sailor and is the 2020 NZ Wasp champion.

He is building his own carbon fibre foiling Moth so he can compete at  the next level.


Greg Yeo

By |

General Manager RPNZ

Greg joined RigPro in 2019.

He has a total of 30 years of multi-industry operations and Project management experience including; Marine Project management, Commercial Building construction, Lean Manufacturing and Value engineering.

During his time in the commercial industry he was the Senior Project Manager for Tawera Group which completed multiple construction builds and fit outs for high end luxury apartments and commercial office and retail fit outs.

For 4 years he was the Project Co-ordinator at Alloy Yachts during which time his responsibilities included the builds of two of the finest Dubois 44m Sloops, Imagine followed by the mighty Encore.

He spent 16 years as a professional yachtsman on yachts as diverse as offshore racing catamarans to J Class yachts with mast and running rigging as his specialty and has over 120,000 nm of bluewater sailing experience.

Nigel Hawke

By |

Project Manager

Nigel joined RigPro in 2006

He has over 30 years of experience in the yachting industry.

Shortly after leaving school he worked on boats from 30 feet to 70 feet. He then worked at Southern Spars gaining an in-depth and extensive knowledge across all areas of production including components, spreaders, booms and mast assembly

Nigel is responsible for refits of superyacht rigs and new builds, including complex carbon modifications and repairs.

Nigel manages the RigPro NZ apprenticeship program and assists the next generation of young riggers to develop their full potential as professional riggers.