ANTHONY BISHOP - Managing Director

Anthony Bishop comes from a Sales and Marketing background, but in September 2016 when he saw Team Windcraft was for sale, a spark ignited in him that couldn’t be put out- his passion for design, boats, sailing and the Windcraft brand pulled him towards the company.

He was already a satisfied Windcraft customer, owning both a Dehler 38 and Axopar 28, and he loved the family run nature of the business and the passion of the team.

Anthony has always had a passion for good design. He recognises the function, but is truly thrilled by the form, describing Solaris boats as “pieces of artwork”.

Now as the owner of Team Windcraft, Anthony is looking forward to taking the brand to the next level.

For the life of the relationship with Windcraft customers, Anthony wants to continue to offer the right combination of meticulous service, setting expectations early, understanding their needs and showing them how to get the best from their boat.

“…when you have the best boats available combined with such a great team who simply love what they do then I suspect that infectious pull I experienced will be felt by many more boat owners too”.

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ALLAN BRIDGE - General Manager

Allan Bridge is Team Windcraft’s General Manager. As a commercial skipper and successful marine business operator in his own right Allan brings a wealth of industry knowledge and corporate experience to Windcraft.

Allan is also in charge of systems at Windcraft and making sure sales and after-sales work in harmony. He ensures the smooth running of Team Windcraft.

He and his team are responsible for making sure your yacht is put together to Windcraft’s exacting standards. Every yacht has to pass through Windcraft’s quality control system before handover and Allan is meticulous in his attention to every detail.

Allan comes alive when talking about the water and the challenges it brings. When surfing or sailing, the weather makes sure no two days are the same- “…that what I enjoy, the ever changing environment of the ocean”.

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MARY BICKLEY - Brand Manager for Hanse and Moody

Mary Bickley joined the Windcraft team in 2004 and has seen the company grow from strength to strength. As Brand Manager for Hanse, Mary’s genuine love for the boats she sells and the customers she engages with is undeniable.

A six month cruise up the east coast of Australia with her family before starting at Windcraft, is the highlight of Mary’s sailing career. This was the achievement of a long held dream and has proved invaluable in helping prospective Hanse owners realise their own dreams.

Mary patiently works with her customers at their own pace, making their dreams a reality. She wants her customers to feel like part of the Windcraft family and the sailing community,

Mary’s passion for sailing “makes her feel good”. This makes her job easy as customers pick up on what one referred to as her ‘infectious enthusiasm’.

“…Mary stands at the forefront of everything Windcraft sets out to do – build great partnerships with their customers”.

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RIC HAWKINS - Brand Manager for Solaris and Dehler

Ric has been sailing since he was 8 and skippered his first yacht as a professional when he was just 15.

His passion is performance sailing and he has been involved in a number of regattas in Australia and also overseas including the U S, France, Italy, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Denmark and England. Along with racing, Ric spent 10 years as a yacht broker.

He has been Team Windcraft’s Technical Sailing Advisor since 2008 and in 2015 became Brand manager for Solaris and Dehler.

Ric Hawkins never looks at working in the boating industry as a job… it’s doing what he loves.

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NICK JONES - Branch Manager, Melbourne

Nick Jones is the branch manager at Windcraft’s Melbourne office.

Nick started sailing as a teenager, racing with his dad. He progressed from pulling spare ropes on a Cavalier 350 SL, a Northshore 38 and a Farr 12-20 to doing a couple of seasons on the foredeck of a Northshore 369.

The pull of the outdoors, the ocean and the freedom offered by boats led Nick to pursue a career in the boating industry, starting out at Pittwater Yacht Charter.

Nick aims to work by 2 main principles:

“…Firstly… if you can see a way to do something better… then do it better. And secondly… there are no problems… only solutions”.

Read more about Nick’s role as Melbourne Branch Manager.

DOMINIC LOWE - Branch Manager, New Zealand

Dominic Lowe began his sailing career at the tender age of 5. He had no choice as he was surrounded by boat enthused family and friends! So the seed was sown and the draw of the ocean would constantly be there. There aren’t many ways to get out on the water that he hasn’t tried, owning various vessels over the years. These included wakeboards, surfboards, kayaks and yachts.

He owned his own boat at age 21 – a marine ply old style bilge keeler. After hours of dedication, blood, sweat and tears it was up to speed and became the first of many boats he subsequently bought and sold. Dominic began his career in sales at age 19. At 21 he united his passion for the ocean, his wealth of boating knowledge and his natural ease with people into a career in the marine industry with his first position at a brokerage.

He spent a few years cutting his teeth in the industry before adventure called and Dom became an offshore navigator on a seismic research vessel. He rotated 6-8 weeks at sea and on land in various locations around the globe.

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PETER HRONES - Big Boat Consultant

What drives a young Australian to spend 18 months travelling around Europe, USA, Canada and Africa in a campervan visiting 22 boat building factories? For Peter Hrones the driving force is passion. Passion for performance, great design and build quality. Once Peter starts talking about boats his face breaks into a smile and his eyes shine. Here’s a man who clearly loves his work. It all started when a very young Peter and his dad built a Sabot sailing dinghy.

They customised the little boat to fit into the cockpit of their 22ft Timpenny trailer sailor – (it had to be a Timpenny because Peter’s mum loved the self-tacking headsail)…more about how Peter’s passion for top yacht design led him to the Hanse Group.

Read more about Peter here.

SUE ROGAN - Office Manager - Sydney

Sue Rogan joined Windcraft in 2011 as the Office Manager. Her varied tasks include looking after customers, organising contracts and helping out with insurance.

Sue loves the beautiful natural environment of the Pittwater area.

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SUE WHITLOCK - Accounts Manager

Sue joined Windcraft in 2014, drawn by her love of boats, her exposure to the industry and the like-minded people involved.

A qualified management accountant, Sue has 20 years experience in accountancy roles in various industries in the UK and Australia.

Her role at the Windcraft Group is huge- she  manages Team Windcraft in Australia and New Zealand. She ensures the accuracy and smooth running of the entire accounts process.

Sue enjoys the variety of her role, and is motivated by the challenge to improve processes and systems.

With an urban upbringing, Sue feels lucky to have the opportunity to work in such a beautiful location, and finds the light and the water energising.

Along with four other colleagues, Sue is a member of the Soling team, competing on Wednesday nights.

Carole Noffke - Office Manager - New Zealand

Carole is the friendly face you’ll see in the New Zealand office. She’s a highly skilled Office Manager with over 20 years experience in accounting, administration, human resources and client relations.

It’s the friendships and the camaraderie of the yachting community that Carole says she enjoys the most.

Meeting the boat owners is a pleasure for Carole, she likes their enthusiasm and excitement when they come to see their new boat arrive.

Read more about Carole here.

 

LISA SPRAY - Accounts Support

Lisa works at Windcraft two days a week in Accounts Support, processing and reconciling invoices. She enjoys the systematic and satisfying nature of her work.

Lisa has a varied career background from working in the airline industry and customer service, to roles in office management.

Working part time gives Lisa an enviable work life balance, sharing her time between Windcraft and her family.

Lisa joined Team Windcraft in late 2015 and very quickly began enjoying working with “great people” and understandably loves the beautiful surrounds of the Bayview office.

She says she is proud to work for a company with a “reputation for professionalism, honesty and efficiency”.

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