Key Contacts

Meet the team

CEO
Alex Vailings

“Ginge” has been a key innovative figure in the history of New Zealand's skiff sailing development and is well known by those at the top of international sailing. Starting out as a fitter and turner he quickly combined his sailing experience, strong knowledge of material properties and a drive to innovate to develop C-Tech’s reputation as a company that manufactures superior, high-quality composite products. Alex can be found most weekends ripping down Auckland’s Waitemata harbour on the back of a skiff.

CIO
Lyn Holland

Lyn has been with C-Tech since 2001 when she merged her own software company with C-Tech. She is a keen sailor and has a background in software development, librarianship and administration systems. C-Tech is heavy on data and details, Lyn keeps C-Tech’s data management up-to-date with the rapidly evolving IT landscape.

COO
Chris Kitchen

Chris has a background in mechanical engineering, marketing and business management. Prior to joining C-Tech in 2014, Chris spent 10 years building Weta Marine with his father from a garage project to a successful international business that has manufactured and sold over 1,000 composite sailing boats around the world. He is an accomplished sailor and is currently involved with kite foil racing in New Zealand.

Mast Sales | tim.willetts@c-tech.co.nz
Tim Willetts

Tim has over 30 years’ experience specialising in composite masts. He has held key positions at both Southern Spars and Hall Spars and has owned a large range of boats. Along with his knowledge, he brings to C-Tech innovation and passion to deliver the best solution to customers. On weekends Tim will be out on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf either catching large fish or racing his Zephyr sailing dinghy.

Batten Sales | alastair.campbell@c-tech.co.nz
Alastair Campbell

Alastair joined C-Tech in 2016. He is a keen sailor and brings industry experience and sailing miles to the batten sales team. Al is always keen to take on a challenge and push what is possible. In his spare time you will find him up against the elements whether it be climbing mountains, ocean racing or mountain biking.

Design | riley.dean@c-tech.co.nz
Riley Dean

Riley joined C-Tech in 2021 after working in multiple America’s Cup campaigns with Oracle and American Magic. He brings a wealth of experience and passion to our design team. Riley has also been heavily involved in the development and design of the Bieker Moth. He is a fizz master and water sport fanatic. Most weekends you will find him either sailing his moth, surfing, kite/wing foiling, cruising the gulf or making his favourite cheesecake.

Logistics | jim.fitzsimons@c-tech.co.nz
Jim Fitzsimons

Jim has been with C-Tech for over 10 years and is an expert in shipping long, slender fragile packages from NZ to the world within tight timelines. Prior to working at C-Tech Jim was a technical sales engineer at Airtech supplying composite equipment to the european aerospace industry.