Giovanni Belgrano
M.Sc. - Director, Engineer

Italian born, married with two children, studied in the UK at Cranfield College of Aeronautics, researching Composite materials and structures. Giovanni joined SP Systems on the Isle of Wight in 1983 and with his passion and ideas, was quickly developing new structures and better materials.

His experience, accumulated over 20 years in the field of composite racing yachts (Il Moro, Prada2000, Stealth, Kingfisher) is at the leading edge of technology.

As Principal Engineer, he directed the engineering of over 200 prestigious projects designed and built all around the world. 

Giovanni’s structural designs have been key in achieving a number of milestones:

  • First composite maxi racing yacht
  • First high performance cruising yacht
  • Offshore record holders
  • Nautor’s Swan production lines in carbon technology
  • Shipman50 European boat of the year 2004 (first production carbon cruising yacht)
  • RNLI Rescue launches: developed in high-tech composites in 1986: six models, over 200 in service.
  • ETF500 High-speed Eurostar, Pininfarina designed train locomotive front

Since joining Emirates Team New Zealand in 2004, Giovanni has been working with Andy and Adam on set-up of design procedures, load cases, design by FEA throughout campaign, detail stressing to aeronautical standards, composite process control procedures, on-site technical support throughout the building of NZL84 and NZL92, proof-testing, deflection testing and load monitoring and structure NDT checks during preparation and racing.

Andy Kensington
BE (mech) Hons - Director, Engineer

BE (mech) Hons - Director, Engineer

Qualified with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from Auckland University, Andy is one of the founding partners of Pure Design & Engineering.

Andy has been involved in sailing since childhood and been involved in the marine industry since graduation.

After a six month stint working as a boatbuilder at Marten Marine Industries, Andy joined High Modulus, a leading composite materials technology company, where he worked as a Composite Engineer.

Andy joined Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering based in Newport Beach California in 2000. Here he worked on a number of multihull projects including the maxi Catamaran “Playstation”

Since joining Team New Zealand/ Emirates Team New Zealand in 2001 Andy has been involved in the structural design of the America’s Cup Class racing yachts. In recent years he has been involved in the FE Analysis of their structures.

Andy has built a number of his own boats including the 9m carbon fibre trimaran “Frantic Drift” which was built over three years in the mid 90’s; it is currently racing in Auckland. Currently he owns a 10.5m catamaran for cruising with the family.

Adam Greenwood
Director, Drafting & 3d Modelling


Initially trained in the architectural field, Adam has over 20 years experience as a draftsman / 3d modeler in the marine industry, 15 of those years with High Modulus where he produced plans for more than 300 projects.

Working for Team New Zealand through the 2003 and 2007 America's Cups, and the 2011 Volvo70 campaign, creating construction drawings, 3d computer models, and providing on-site build assistance.

Dedicated 3d modelling projects include working with Yachting Developments modelling the structure, and entire equipment & systems layouts for the Dubois 121' super yacht "Bliss", and for the refit of the classic J-Class "Endeavour".

Martin Bivoit
MSc (Eng) Hons - Design Engineer


Martin joined Pure as a Design Engineer in January 2010. Born in Britanny, France, Martin graduated from Cranfield University in the UK with a MSc in Structures Crashworthiness and Impact.

Before joining PURE, Martin worked for Javier Soto Acebal Naval Architects in Buenos Aires and with High Modulus in Auckland developing composite structural designs for various successful race yachts and superyachts.

Keen sailor and kitesurfer, Martin spends his spare time on and in the water, chasing the wind around Auckland or participating in the local racing events.

Minkyo Seo
BAT (Marine) - Design Draftsman


MK studied Bachelor of Marine Engineering at Auckland Unitec graduating in 2009.MK joined Pure Design & Engineering in January 2010 working with the engineers to produce construction drawings.

MK was born in South Korea, and moved to New Zealand in 2001, he is a keen windsurfer, and baseball player.

Arran Bird
BE (Mech) Hons - Design Engineer

Arran graduated from the University of Auckland in a mechanical engineering degree in 2000 and after a short stint in production machinery design, joined the marine industry working as a structural composite engineer on projects ranging from small production runabouts through to offshore racing yachts.

Arran worked with America’s Cup team Desafio Español during the 32nd America’s Cup in Valencia, and following his return to New Zealand, joined world leading superyacht builders Alloy Yachts working as part of their sailing hardware design team.

Arran is a keen sailor, and takes every opportunity possible to get out sailing with his friends on Auckland harbour.

Blair McLay
BAT (Marine) - Design Draftsman

Blair graduated with a Bachelor in Marine Technology from Unitec and joined Pure in 2011. His role at Pure is to work with project engineers to produce construction drawings.

Blair also has a background in top level dinghy racing winning several NZ titles, and was the World Youth Laser Radial Champion in 2005. Blair has a passion for innovative boats and enjoys designing, building & testing them in his spare time.

Andrew Corkery
ME (Mech) Hons - Engineer

Andrew joined Pure in late 2011. He graduated from the University of Auckland in 2009 after studying at the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials.

Andrew has spent a short time at Cookson Marine assisting in the construction of high performance racing hulls for the TP circuit and ocean racing. He also has a back ground in heavy industrial engineering and spent two years in product development in the medical device industry.

An enthusiastic outdoorsman, Andrew has competed in many off-road endurance races and spends his time either on the water surfing or exploring the remote areas of the country.

John Little - ME (Mech) Hons - Engineer

John graduated from the University of Auckland in 2010 after completing his post-graduate degree at the Center for Advanced Composite Materials.

Out of University John worked for an Auckland based engineering firm undertaking work on a wide range of marine focused projects, from composite race yachts to steel work boats.

John is also a keen sailor and currently competes in the 18 footer class both in Auckland and Internationally. He also enjoys kite surfing, mountain biking and Stand-up Paddle Boarding. 

Daryl Senn - ME (Mech) Hons - Engineer

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Daryl graduated from University of Auckland with a Mechanical Engineering degree in 1994.

Following university he managed a workshop in Auckland building three composite light sport aircraft.

He then joined High Modulus NZ to engineer composite yachts & powerboats for 12 years, being involved in many projects from sewage tanks to superyacht rigs.  Some of his favourite projects were the early larger canting keel racing yachts such as the Andrews Magnitude 80' & Elliott 100' Maximus, also the Soto Acebal Wally 100' Alexia, assisting Emirates Team New Zealand in 2007 and the Sarin 130' sportsfisher Mea Culpa.

In 2009 he started with Advanced Aerospace to design & manufacture B777 & B787 aircraft interior components, also managed the design and build of the carbon fibre shell doors for the superyacht 'White Pearl' launched in 2015.  He returned to yacht engineering with PURE in January 2015.

Daryl has sailed his whole life in a variety of yachts both large & small. His first love is A-class cats having designed and built his own example, but for now high performance sailing is shelved in favour of a Mistral father & son dinghy to introduce the kids to yachting.

Kye Woo Lee (Tiger) - BAT (Marine) - Draftsman


"Since I was young boy, I liked to draw cartoon and it made me to choose Industrial Design as my major in Uni."

Born in Korea, Tiger first came to New Zealand to learn English in 2004.  After going back to Korea for a short period, he returned to New Zealand in 2010 and studied for a Certificate of Boat Building and Bachelor of Marine Technology at Unitec. 
After graduating in 2015 he joined PURE.

"I like fishing, kayaking, sailing and swimming.  I started surfing last month and really enjoying it."

Tom Allen

Completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland in 2013. His research looked at how flexible composite hull panel responds during hull slamming. Since graduating he has continued working at the Center for Advanced Composite Materials at the University of Auckland as a research fellow. 

Tom joined the PURE team in early 2016 and currently splits his time between PURE and the University of Auckland.

An avid sailor and kite boarder in his spare time, Tom has designed and built his own full-carbon kite foil that he races.

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Alix de Lamotte - MSc (Eng) Mechanical Engineer

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Born in France, Alix graduated from UTBM as a mechanical engineer specialising in materials and design. She completed another master's degree in naval architecture at the Architecture University of Nantes (ENSAN – France).

Alix started as shore crew of an Open 60 team for the Vendée Globe 2012, then joined GSea Design to design masts for various offshore race yachts including Open 60s and  the Macif Ultim’ Trimaran. After traveling around New Zealand, Alix joined ETNZ for the AC50 campaign and is now working at PURE.

Passionate about travel and the outdoors, Alix feels right at home in New Zealand.