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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Murray is a diesel mechanic by trade with over twenty years' experience working in the mining and machinery industries. Murray has been with FPS since 2011 and applies his knowledge to ram, hydraulic and pump repair work.
Compressed Air/Pneumatics and Vacuum Technician
John Bailey is FPS’s Compressed Air/Pneumatics and Vacuum Technician. He has been with FPS since 2009 as a hose and hydraulic technician focusing on customers in the marine industry. John trained as a marine technician with the New Zealand Navy before starting his career in the fishing industry as a marine engineer. He then worked for a marine engineering company for 14 years before his move to FPS. John has also been a commercial diver.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since July, he has been enjoying his new role at FPS as workshop foreman, quoting new work and making sure all jobs run smoothly and on time.
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.
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.
Hose and Hydraulic Technician - Richmond/Tahuna
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Navarre Harbour started with FPS in 2015. He comes from a storage logistics background and has good experience in inventory control and customer service. Navarre has extensive product knowledge and enjoys helping customers find the right equipment for every job.
Daniel is nearing the end of his first year as apprentice hydraulic technician with FPS, where he's gained 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.