Brenton Fischer – Director
With a solid background in commercial management in the construction industry, Brenton now heads up SCM as general manager, applying his ability to manage competing deadlines, project time frames and labour.
Brenton completed his degree in Business at Latrobe University and, working in the family business founded by his grandfather, industry icon, Syd Fischer, he has learnt through hands-on experience the formula for expanding operations while retaining staff and loyal clientele.
Brenton is able to juggle ‘big picture’ plans for SCM with the minutiae of day to day operations such as ensuring the right people and resources are applied to each job. His vision for SCM is to become the one-stop specialty marine facility for large commercial vessels and smaller recreational craft from anywhere on the east coast or beyond.
Key to fulfilling these ambitions is investment in SCM and its facilities, including a 47 Tonne submersible trailer, which can handle multihulls up to 70-feet, 800 Tonne Synchro-lift, 45 Tonne land transporter, 400 Tonne land transporter and a new cradle for vessels up to 640 Tonnes, plus a complete electronics upgrade and new systems and procedures to streamline operations and ensure value for money for all clients.
“SCM is a modern, purpose-built facility that offers commercial and recreational clients, motor and sail, access to some of the industry’s most qualified and skilled marine professionals and trades. Our commercial premises have attracted Ray White Marine, Geoff Lovett International and JW Marine, among others, completing the offering for clients.”
Brenton is on the Executive Committee of Superyacht Sydney, an avid and proficient sailor, helming Ragamuffin 52 in the 71st Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. He recently oversaw the full overhaul of the modified TP 52, which has won its share of races and regattas, which was rerigged and repainted and had its teak decks replaced.
Aaron Harpham – Commercial Project Manager
A multi-skilled addition to the Sydney City Marine team, Aaron has a diverse and varied background. Most recently, he was CEO at Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, and prior to that, he was a valued member of our team in the role of Recreational Project Manager.
In this new position, Aaron focuses on the commercial sector, applying his considerable industry experience to working clients on the requirements of their vessel and, important, delivery timeframes.
“The challenges are dependent on vessel type,” he explains. “The local and interstate commercial fleet spans every vessel from high-tech, luxury ferries to tugs and coastal patrol boats. Meeting client expectations and timeframes are the primary drivers for me.”
Back for a second stint with SCM, Aaron is an enthusiastic team member who says his motivation to excel each day is to ensure “SCM is recognised as world class repair and maintenance facility that is able to deliver value across varied industry sectors”.
“Sydney City Marine is arguably the most accessible shipyard in NSW within the 100-800T category with level truck access, undercover, all-weather areas, inhouse trade services that SCM competitors are unable to offer. I like a good challenge and the commercial sector offers this. It’s a different challenge every day.”
And while he has put most of his boating on hold to enjoy time with his family, wife Emma and teenagers, India and Max, Aaron has enjoyed competitive sailing, recalling his success at the 2015 Summer Nationals in the sportsboat, Zippier.
“But it’s back to nature for me these days. I do a lot of landscaping in our backyard. I cut my own sandstone for walls and other structures.”
Stuart Clark – Project Manager
Joining Sydney City Marine in 2017 with a background of 20 years in the marine industry, Stuart has the role of Special Project Manager, overseeing client contracts, organising sub-contractors, materials, quotes, meeting strict schedule deadlines around arising issues, managing required reporting and safety.
Also in this position, Stuart assists Aaron Harpham to manage the large-scale, commercial projects at SCM.
Stuart was first attracted to a career with boats from an interlude of school community service at the Australian Maritime Museum. He opted for a shipwright apprenticeship, mainly as a means of funding his passion for modifying cars and motorcycles. “But I soon found my love of producing something that I could look back at and be proud to say ‘I/we made that’. I have always loved spending time on the water and what better way than to have a career doing so?”
Stuart undertook his apprenticeship with McConaghy Boats, working in all areas of the build from small parts, mast, hull, deck and structure before focusing on fit-out.
He became fit-out leading hand/manager straight out of his apprenticeship for several well-known Australian racing yachts, travelling overseas to the US and NZ for McConaghy to modify and finish such legendary yachts as Pegasus, Chance and Alfa Romeo.
He relocated to the NSW Central Coast to work for Mark Richards, founder of Palm Beach Motor Yachts and Skipper of Wild Oats XI, followed by a stint back at McConaghy for a yacht build, then Warren Yachts in Queensland and a period in the US at Trinity Yachts installing fit-out to a 165ft motor yacht.
Back in Australia, Stuart joined Noakes and worked in several roles over six years, including shipwright, senior shipwright, project manager and manager of the Spit, Mosman facility, concurrently holding the position as a team member of the Anglomoil Formula One (boat) race team. Stuart met and married Alissa, travelled overseas before joining Michael Bartley Shipwrights, Woolwich Marina as a senior shipwright.
Along with his breadth of experience acquired from the ground up, Stuart brings his attributes of fastidious attention to detail, exceptional time management skills and appetite for deadlines. “I like to see the client leave with a smile on their face, knowing they are satisfied and have no qualms about bringing their vessel back to SCM for future work.”
Now ensconced in his role at SCM, Stuart states that he is thriving on the challenges and impressed with the world-class facilities. “There is a good, talented team here and I am enjoying the diversity of work. It’s another pathway of experience to explore in the marine industry.”