As one of the founding members of FPS, Gary Allen has played a key role in the set up and on-going development of FPS. While Gary is a director of FPS he is also the person responsible for technical sales and service.
Gary started his career as a fitter and turner for Nalder and Biddle on the port where he was also actively involved with diesel engine overhauls and new installations before moving into full-time hydraulics.
Gary’s knowledge and expertise, from system maintenance to system design, is supported by four decades of experience specialising in the hydraulic industry. Gary actively participates and keeps abreast of the latest hydraulic and electronic innovations and trends both here in New Zealand and overseas.
Gary has an on-going commitment to innovation and excellence ensuring FPS remains a leader in the industry.
Chris Gray, FPS’s Sales Manager, is responsible for the compressed air/pneumatics side of the business as well as the mobile hose and hydraulic technicians in Nelson and Blenheim. Chris is a fitter/turner by trade and trained in Nelson as a compressed air/pneumatics specialist prior to going to Scotland for two years. During his time in Scotland he worked as a mobile compressed air/pneumatic specialist, servicing a wide range of compressors and air equipment all over the country. That experience, combined with his ‘do it once, do it right’ attitude give FPS an effective and results driven pneumatic/compressed air division and mobile hose and hydraulic technician team.
Owen Little is the Sales Engineer at FPS. Owen started his career as a fitter and turner before moving into hydraulics. Since then Owen has spent 25 years specialising in hydraulics, with ten of those years working for Vickers/Eaton Hydraulics as a sales engineer for large projects in power generation, white wear press lines, the marine industry and mobile machines. Owen has since worked for Scarlett Technologies in Christchurch and Hydac NZ before starting with FPS in 2011. Owen’s previous employment with Vickers/Eaton has also given him a good grounding in the electronics side of hydraulics.
Brent “Brownie” Brown started his career as a heavy automotive engineer working in the field on a wide variety of mobile machinery both in New Zealand and in the Australian mines for 15 years. Brownie moved into hydraulics, attending various training programmes along the way, and has been actively involved in the hydraulics industry since 1999. Since 2010, Brownie has taken on a lead role at FPS as Workshop Manager.
Craig Wray stepped up from being FPS' workshop manager to run the Systemcare division of FPS in 2017. He joined FPS in 2014 after spending six years at Carter Holt Harvey’s Nelson sawmill, overseeing their maintenance work. He was trained as a fitter turner, completed a four-year apprenticeship with Alliance Group, and spent his 25-year career in various engineering roles, including going to sea as an engineer on fishing vessels. Craig’s knowledge in the marine and sawmill industries adds strength to FPS’s capability.
Craig Griffith has been with FPS since 2003 as a hydraulic and hose technician serving the Motueka area where he was born and raised. He trained at Nelson Polytech (now NMIT) to be an automotive mechanic and followed that with a three-year apprenticeship. After several years as an automotive mechanic, he moved to FPS to get into the hydraulics field and he’s learned on the job from the FPS experts ever since. Craig enjoys helping customers and applying his practical experience to solving their problems.
Alec Yeomans has been a hose and hydraulic technician for FPS since 2009. He is a qualified mechanical engineer trained at Stockport College of further education in Manchester, UK. He spent 15 years working for a company in the UK doing plant maintenance and new project work. He then moved to Nelson and worked as a workshop manager for a large local construction company before he joined FPS.
Nelson-born Andrew Hunter found his way to FPS via a career path spanning many years in engineering industries. His skills as a fitter and turner were fine-tuned at local engineering firm Kernohan, while previously he was a marine engineer at sea for eight years and has several years’ experience in the hydraulics industry in Australia as a machinist, where he repaired cylinders.
He enjoys his role at FPS as workshop foreman, quoting new work and making sure all jobs run smoothly and on time.
Doug Hitchcock started his career as a fitter and turner serving his time at Nalder and Biddle on the port before becoming a water sider. There he underwent training to be able to operate various heavy equipment, including ships’ cranes. This experience proved to be invaluable for Doug when he eventually returned to engineering. He spent time in the forestry and marine sectors before taking up his position as onsite foreman for FPS. He has attended various hydraulic training courses and is responsible for the company’s day to day marine work at Port Nelson.
Jan Smith has served FPS as Finance Manager since 2009. She’s responsible for the financial and management accounting, banking, finance, payroll, insurance, and all tax related requirements. She’s a CA and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand with a BCA Bachelor’s Degree from Victoria University. After working for accountancy firms in Nelson and London, she settled in Wellington. She returned to Nelson when she started her family and now works part-time at FPS, maintaining a career and family life in Nelson.
Karen Orr has seen a lot of change in her years with FPS as its Office Manager. When Karen first started as Accounts Administrator in 2003, she was the only administrative staff member, only the Nelson office existed, and the staff numbers were half what they are now. Today there are four administrators, FPS has expanded into Blenheim and the West Coast, and the number of jobs and staff continue to multiply. Karen is responsible for invoicing, debtors, creditors, and the administrative aspects of job costing. With training from Nelson Polytech (now NMIT) and previous administrative positions at Nelson engineering firms, Karen’s career experience serves FPS well. Born in Nelson, she also has good knowledge of the fishing industry as a former owner of a fishing company.
Sarah recently became a full-time staff member having worked part-time for over five years. On top of general administration duties, Sarah is responsible for job costings, processing and timesheets. Sarah has a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in management and accounting from NMIT and has previously worked for a chartered accountant.
Hose and Hydraulic Technician - Marlborough
As a qualified fitter and turner, Karl brings a wealth of experience to FPS. Utilising his marine engineering ticket Karl, for the past five years, has been working on fishing boats, deep sea trawlers and mussel boats in New Zealand and Australia. Previously he spent 20 years in the mining industry working as a plant mechanic and hydraulic technician throughout Africa, Hong Kong, Russia and Australia. Originally from Havelock, Karl is pleased to be home contracting to FPS and running his mussel farms.
Having previously been employed as a hose technician for FPS in Havelock, Jamie returned to FPS in 2020 to service the Blenheim and Renwick region working closely with viticulture, agriculture and food processing businesses. Jamie has extensive experience in these industries having had his own agriculture contracting company in Australia and in Marlborough, before rejoining FPS he worked as a winery engineer in Blenheim.
When he’s not at work, Jamie likes getting out in his boat to try to catch the big one or working on his cars, one of which he hopes to be a hybrid hotrod one day.
Navarre Harbour started with FPS in 2015 in a counter sales role before transitioning into a Hose and Hydraulic Technician role servicing Richmond and Motueka. Navarre’s extensive product knowledge and high level of customer service make him the perfect fit in our ‘hosie’ team.
Adam first joined FPS in 2010 where he was employed as a hydraulic technician. In 2012 he embarked on a four-year adventure working with hydraulics in Western Australia. We were pleased to welcome Adam back in late 2016 as a cylinder technician, where he lends his expertise in the custom design, build and rebuild of cylinders. He has extensive experience within the industry having also worked in Auckland before his time in Australia.
Prior to moving to Nelson, Jared worked as an aircraft engineer in Christchurch for six years. He joined FPS in June 2016 to take on the role of Systemcare Technician having previously been a welder at Port Nelson.
Compressed Air/Pneumatics and Vacuum Technician,
and Health and Safety Administrator
Peter Waugh joined FPS in April 2018 after 23 years with an engineering firm where he was a tradesman, a leading hand and then worked up to workshop manager.
Throughout his career he gained practical experience with health and safety implementation and management, he brought this experience to FPS.
His split role at FPS includes organising health and safety inductions and ensuring the company meets its Site Wise certification each year. The other half of his time is spent in the compressed air/pneumatics division servicing air compressors and vacuum equipment.
After training in his early days in Hamilton, Peter’s had a long engineering career and is pleased to be working now at FPS where he’s taking on new challenges.
Compressed Air/Pneumatics and Vacuum Technician
An industrial spray painter for 15 years before starting with FPS in the front counter sales team, Randyl’s engineering ability meant he quickly transitioned to a role in FPS’s compressed air/pneumatics division. Servicing air compressors and vacuum equipment, Randyl enjoys the variety of the work across different industries. A born and bred Nelsonian, Randyl likes hitting the region’s mountain bike trails on weekends, and, working on his race car when time permits.
Machine Shop Supervisor
Stuart, Machine Shop Supervisor, joined FPS in 2016 where he oversees all the workshop machinery and equipment. He manufactures barrel ram shafts and specialist parts for breakdown and new builds. Having worked for Carter Holt Harvey for 23 years, and several more years with a local engineering firm, Stuart's experience is an asset to FPS.
Mike recently graduated to fully qualified hydraulic technician after nearly five years with FPS completing his apprenticeship in mechanical trade engineering.
He completed his pre-trade in mechanical engineering at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and gained work experience with various local engineering firms. Mike enjoys being part of the expert team at FPS.
Brian immigrated from the Phillippines in 2012 to join the FPS team as a hydraulic technician. He specialises in assembling felling heads for the forestry industry and marine tube repairs. Brian has a background in mechanical engineering, having worked for a tyre manufacturer, and was a service manager of injection moulding machines.
Sam has been on our team of qualified hydraulic technicians since 2009, servicing hydraulic equipment for clients in Nelson and Blenheim. Prior to joining us, Sam was employed for several years at a Christchurch hydraulics company where he gained a sound knowledge of products and their application as their sales technician.
In Germany, Stephan Loos worked for leading engineering companies as a hydraulic technician for over ten years before immigrating to New Zealand in 2014. Since then, he's been working with the hydraulic technician team at FPS and enjoys both the mobile and industrial applications of working for FPS' customers in Nelson.
Jansen Caguicla started his career in the Philippines as a mechanical technician and moved into the hydraulics field in 2010. Working in Saudi Arabia for Saudi Iron and Steel Company, he built hydraulic equipment, large hydraulic bending machines, cylinders, and gearboxes. He moved to Saudi Gulf Hydraulic company for six years, working on mobile plant drill rigs and excavators until 2018, when he came to New Zealand. Jansen loves the climate and the landscape in Nelson. He spends his free time trading in the Philippine stock market and reading, this when he’s not doing breakdown, repair, and service work on any and all machinery for FPS.
Fabrication Specialist, Nick Carston, joined FPS in 2000. He previously worked as a fabricator for a Nelson engineering firm and was employed as a leading hand in the marine engineering industry for five years.
Before joining FPS in July, James held a logistics support role at Reliance Engineering where he was responsible for the day-to-day running of the store. With 20 years experience in retail (both in New Zealand and Australia) James is a natural at offering a friendly, professional service to customers and has quickly learned all about the products FPS stock - making sure customers get the right equipment to get the job done.
When he’s not at work, you’ll often find him out training with the Army Reserves.
As part of FPS’s friendly counter sales team, Sam helps customers find the right solution to fit their business needs. Joining FPS in 2019, Sam has come from the automotive trade, where he was parts and service advisor at a Hyundai dealership for six years. Sam finds the customised engineering work FPS does exciting and loves seeing the end result, particularly on some of the bigger builds. In his spare time, Sam keeps himself busy fishing, tramping, reading and riding motorbikes.
As a front counter sales team member, Ernie enjoys fielding a variety of enquiries from customers across different industries. Ernie’s been working in hydraulic trade sales since 2015 and previously was a storeman in a plumbing supplies outlet. Originally hailing from the United States, in 2003 Ernie moved to Nelson, where he likes to go hiking and boating and enjoys photography.
Patrick Valentine moved into hydraulics in early 2018 after working in the automotive industry for five years, diagnosing and fault finding with heavy trucks and trailers. He studied at NMIT as a diesel mechanic and is now finding hydraulics more satisfying. Currently he’s interested in forestry and he’s keen to learn and look after marine and heavy machinery too, as they all offer a good variety of hydraulic challenges to tackle. Patrick looks forward to being a good hydraulics all-rounder.
Apprentice Hydraulic Technician
Daniel is apprentice hydraulic technician with FPS, where he's gaining a solid grounding in all aspects of FPS services. He successfully completed his pre-trade in heavy diesel last year at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. Daniel has had quite the career change having been employed for nine years by a large coffee company as an account manager and barista trainer.
Apprentice Hydraulic Technician
Having worked part-time at FPS for three years during the school holidays, Braden moved naturally into the position of FPS’s resident apprentice in December 2017 after leaving high school. He now works full-time across all areas of the business.
The talented 17-year-old is relishing the hands-on experience and expertise he’s getting from his senior colleagues in the FPS workshop, which offers a broad range of engineering services. Braden has been set on being an engineer ever since he can remember, following in his father Chris Gray’s footsteps, who works at FPS as a sales manager.
Workshop Hydraulic Technician (Trainee)
Starting in 2018 in the front counter sales team to learn the nuts and bolts of the business, James was then promoted to trainee hydraulic technician. Learning something new every day in his varied role is what James likes most about working at FPS, as well as being hands-on with machinery. Before joining the company, he worked in car sales and managed Mag and Turbo Tyre and Service Centre for six years. In his spare time, James likes hunting, fishing and rally car racing.