Gibbs Military Amphibians


Alan Gibbs, Founder and Chairman

Alan GibbsGibbs is one of New Zealand’s most successful entrepreneurs. In his early days he studied engineering and economics and became a New Zealand diplomat in London.

On his return to New Zealand in the 1960’s he went into manufacturing and has manufactured a very wide range of products (bricks, brassieres, television sets, stoves, refrigeration). He has run his own merchant bank defending companies against hostile takeovers and undertaking takeovers of his own. He was a half owner of New Zealand’s largest car dealership chain. He put together the management buy-out of the country’s biggest publicly listed freight, courier and security company and retained a fifty per cent share in it. He was a driving force behind the introduction of Sky, the only pay television service in New Zealand.

His biggest project was to co lead the syndicate that purchased New Zealand Telecom and to undertake its complete restructuring resulting in an enormous increase in productivity, much reduced prices for the consumer and a share price that quadrupled in five years.

He has also undertaken projects for the New Zealand Government to advise on restructuring the public hospital system and to restructure and privatise the massive government owned forestry sector.

Since 1999 he has been resident in the United Kingdom and lives in London on the Thames.


Neil Jenkins, Managing Director

Neil JenkinsJenkins has a background firmly rooted in engineering and business management. He distinguished himself working for British Aerospace on the high-performance Tornado fighter-jet and the Advanced Tactical Fighter project. Whilst at British Aerospace, Neil was a Principal Engineer and Project Manager on the Eurosat, Immarsat and L-Sat satellite projects along with the Hughes Aircraft Company, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a variety of European Aerospace companies.

Beyond aerospace, Jenkins was a Senior Research Engineer at Leyland Vehicles plc, working on a number of advanced vehicle projects and concepts. He was also Business Unit Manager of Pilkington Bros. Plc where he was heavily involved with a variety of defence vehicle projects.

In 1989, Jenkins established Loades Design, a vehicle design company, as part of Loades plc where he managed projects such as design, engineering, tooling and manufacture of vehicles such as the Jaguar XJ220, Aston Martin DB7 Cabriolet, MGRV8, RR Limousines and concepts for DAF Trucks, JCB and Military 4WD vehicles.

In 1994, Jenkins established his own company specialising in lightweight vehicle technology, Krafthaus. Customers included Pininfarina, Rolls Royce, Rover (MG), Land Rover and Norsk Hydro. He merged his business with Gibbs Technologies in 1999.

Neil Jenkins is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a member of the Society of Engineers.


Mike Giles, Chief Engineer

Mike GilesGiles spent eighteen years at Jaguar, joining as a Project Engineer in 1974 and rising to Chief Engineer of Vehicle Services and was responsible for a very wide range of vehicle projects, vehicle and system testing and engineering solutions for Jaguar models. Ultimately he was directly technically responsible for fourteen major vehicle programmes.

In 1992, he left Jaguar to become Head of Vehicle Technology for GKN Technology and two years later moved to LDV and as technical director he led a joint venture with Daewoo for a completely new range of developments, managing a team of over a hundred engineers and projects worth up to £55 million.

Giles joined Gibbs Technologies in the year 2000.


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