Our People

A business is only as good as its people and that's why at Stabicraft we only have the best.

PAUL ADAMS

FOUNDER/
BRAND AMBASSADOR

Tradesman, turned boat builder, turned businessman. In 2007, Paul Adams was named a member of the NZ Order of Merit for his services to business. The honour is a fitting tribute for the man who in 1987 pioneered positive buoyancy aluminium boats, transforming New Zealand's marine industry. "We pride ourselves on making a boat that enables our clients to embark on adventures with the confidence that, even in the worst conditions, they will get home".

DAVID GLEN

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

David has a wide range of business and industry experiences, having spend 10+ years in the marine industry before spending 5 years heading up a leading agritech business in Dunedin. David is very pleased to be back in the marine sector and looking forward to working with the Stabi team to chart a course for exciting growth and expansion in the medium term.

Coming from the ‘City of Sails’ David has been sailing since he was a ‘nipper’ and has raced dinghies and keel-boats in many parts of the world. He now enjoys racing Rainbow, an 1898 classic yacht, that he restored on the Waitemata. You can take the boy out of Auckland, but not the Waitemata out of the boy! David looks forward to developing his fishing skills while familiarising himself with Stabicraft performance and safety.

TIM PROOT

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

Tim is a natural when it comes to getting teams operating at full capacity. Using the power of lean thinking to drive daily improvements, Tim creates an environment where people love what they do, do it well and are highly engaged.

The ins and outs, he learned hands-on, while managing just-in-time suppliers to car makers like Volvo, Mercedes and BMW. The following decade, Tim helped other multinationals to start, improve and stay on top of their manufacturing and supply chain activities.

Current adventure? Growing Stabicraft from great to awesome. With confidence. 

DANIEL UPPERTON

CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER

Daniel graduated from Massey University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Design degree. “Ever since starting my design degree I have wanted to work at Stabicraft, they are one of the world-leading aluminium boat manufacturers".

Daniel manages Sales, Marketing, and the New Product Development teams from the Stabicraft office in Auckland. "Stabicraft is experiencing phenomenal growth at present, in multiple markets, it is an exciting time to be a part of such an innovative company”.

OWEN MILLER

MANUFACTURING SUPPORT MANAGER

Owen is one of the few staff at Stabicraft that has worked over 20 years at the company. Owen supports the manufacturing staff, not only being on the tools but teaching apprentices the trade that have helped make Stabicraft into a brand that is recognised for quality manufacturing.

BROOK McPHERSON

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Brook is a born and bred Southlander and an experienced Chartered Accountant who started his career in 2003. A BCom from Otago University and CA Qualification coupled with his experience in manufacturing businesses, financial acumen, and systems experience puts him in good stead to take on this challenging role.

Brook has a dedicated and passionate team working with him on growing and developing the Stabicraft business.

When not working towards fulfilling the potential of the Stabicraft Group, a young family and being a dedicated Volunteer Firefighter of 20+ years keeps Brook on his toes.

SEAN McCOLL

DEALER RELATIONSHIP MANAGER

Sean McColl knows Stabicraft Marine inside and out having signed on as young man in 1994. Together Sean McColl and Stabicraft Marine have come a long way but one thing hasn't changed, although he now he has a day-skipper ticket Sean still doesn't own a boat - and with access to a showroom full of the latest models who could restrict themselves to just one?

TONY KEAY

DEALER RELATIONSHIP MANAGER

Born and bred in the north Tony and the family moved about as far as you can in NZ to join the team at Stabicraft as a Dealer Relationship Manager.

"I love being on the water and fishing with the family, I can't wait to experience what Southland has to offer"

Tony has a real passion for brands that you can trust and have set the benchmark in their field which is what attracted Tony south - plus the lure of a great Blue Cod.

MICHAEL STENTON

MANUFACTURING DESIGN MANAGER

Mike Stenton is a design guru for Stabicraft and one of the main reasons why these vessels are such great performers. For Mike, good design is simple, clean and functional.

With a keen passion for classic cars, Mike's latest project is a '66 Thunderbird.

LISA MENZIES

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE CHAMPION

Lisa is a born and bred Southlander and mother of two. Her background is mainly clerical and she has also spent time as a Probation Officer which she found very rewarding and challenging.

She is the contact point for all our dealers and provides support to the Sales and Marketing staff.

Lisa is also part of a large and dedicated group of Hospice Southland volunteers.

STEPHEN GILBERT

LOGISTICS & CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER

Steve is in charge of making sure your boats are finished to our exacting standards and shipped out on schedule. Steve started out managing the cutting and folding of every part through the factory so knows the entire manufacturing process thoroughly.

With Mel and Brad both supporting Steve you can ensure your boat will be well taken care of.

SIMON SWALE

PLANNING MANAGER

You can take a man out of the South, but you can't take the South out of the man! Born and bred in Winton, Southland, Simon is a southern man as passionate about Stabicraft and what our brand stands for as he is about life.

With an innate enthusiasm for anything to do with people, boats and fishing, coupled with more than just a little technical know-how, Simon is perfectly suited to managing the challenging role of production planning. "When you are producing hundreds of boats a year the planning has to be extremely precise but fluid at the same time"