Since the firm returned to London in 2013, Marc has presided over Rigby’s return to the top tier of London gunmaking. As passionate about making guns as he is about hunting, Marc works closely with Rigby’s team of master craftsmen on all guns that leave the workshop, including numerous stunning bespoke London Bests, and the first Rising Bite double rifles to be built by Rigby in more than half-a-century. He has also overseen the launch and rapid growth in popularity of the Big Game bolt-action rifle – which won awards on both sides of the Atlantic in 2015 – and its continued development to better suit the needs of clients around the world.
Like the rest of the team he leads, Marc is dedicated to ensuring that the Rigbys of the 21st century are worthy successors to their illustrious predecessors, such as Jim Corbett’s legendary .275 Rigby, which he re-acquired for the firm’s London museum in 2015.
Head of Sales
Andrew joined Rigby in November 2017, bringing more than 19 years’ experience of working in the British gun trade from the well-respected London gunmakers Holland & Holland. Now in charge of Rigby’s sales, Andrew is responsible for generating and growing business, managing the Rigby showroom and developing the website. Andrew will be working closely with Rigby’s managing director Marc Newton to help develop the business, which is constantly moving from strength to strength.
According to Andrew, he loves the Rigby team’s passion, enthusiasm and positivity. He is very excited to be part of a forward-thinking company, which embraces change and are constantly moving forward. Outside of work Andrew is a passionate football supporter, although with two young children they tend to keep him busy.
Head of Production
Ed joined Rigby in 2014, bringing many years of top-flight gunmaking experience with him. He is now in charge of production at Rigby’s London factory, and his expertise is an integral part of every project. He is personally overseeing the production of the first Rigby Rising Bite double rifles in 80 years, which gives all team members a chance to demonstrate the full extent of their collective skills. What he loves about working for Rigby is being able to help a great young team carry a great old name to a future as exciting as its past. Outside work, Ed’s interests include tanks, about which he knows a lot.
David has been overseeing the showroom at Rigby since 2014, with responsibility for sales and includes meeting existing and new Rigby clients from around the world. He’s often to be found showcasing Rigby’s range of firearms at overseas events and working to bring more people into the Rigby family. Closer to home, David also zeros and tests every new rifle to come out of the workshop at the range in London. A keen shot since the age of six, he is passionate about hunting, from gameshooting in England to dangerous game in Africa.
Olivier joined Rigby in January 2014. He studied at the Liege School of Gunmaking, achieving a distinction in his diploma. Following this, he remained at Liege for a further two years, studying with Eric Thys, working on a broad variety of shotguns and double rifles.
What he likes most about Rigby is how everyone is involved: “When there’s a new project to do, we discuss it, every body is entitled to an opinion and can propose an idea, a problem or a solution. We then build that project together. It’s not about individuals; it’s about what is best for each project. We all share the same goal: to make the best gun possible.
“Obviously, my favourite would be the Rising Bite, mainly because it hasn’t been in production for over 80 years, and its something that requires all of my skills. Quality at this level is crucial or the project will not last for long. This represents the major challenge.”
Outside work, Olivier simply enjoys being outdoors “Before l came to the UK, l used to hunt on almost a daily basis. I enjoy fishing, bowhunting and any outdoor activity including farming, gardening and bike riding.”
Mark joined Rigby in January 2014, having spent more than 30 years working for Paul Roberts, a previous owner of the firm. Though sad to leave Paul, Mark found the opportunity to be part of Rigby back in its London home too good to turn down, and it hasn’t disappointed. “It’s a privilege to be part of such a talented team, which shares passions and goals,” he says. As to favourite projects, Mark says: “They’re all special in their own way, and each one represents a great team effort, but the Rising Bite would be top of the pile.”
Outside work, Mark likes to shoot and fish and watch nature; he is particularly passionate about birds of prey. He’s also a keen speed cyclist and sculptor. Even away from the workshop, he never stops trying to perfect his craft, and is often to be found in his shed, chequering, working and listening to metal.
Nelson Neto Jr.
Nelson joined Rigby in March 2017 with over 25 years’ experience as a gunsmith. Born in Brazil, his career started when he served in the Brazilian Army, as a gunsmith for his company in charge of more than 150 Mauser rifles.
Nelson has worked on many different types of guns, including black powder and flintlock rifles, single and double action revolvers, bolt action, lever action and semi-automatic rifles but his specialism lies in Mauser 98 actions.
As a gunmaker for Rigby, Nelson is involved in the production of Rigby’s Big Game, Highland Stalker and London Best models. He inspects every rifle to check extraction, feeding and ejection to ensure that every Rigby client receives a state of the art, reliable rifle. Nelson is “very proud to be part of the Rigby team where the excellence is the main goal”.
Brice has been with Rigby since 2014. He studied at the Liege School of Gunmaking and also worked in Paris for 12 months. He is quiet and understated on the outside, but beneath the surface he is incredibly tenacious and determined to do the best possible job.
Having a keen interest in antique firearms and accessories, one of the things he likes most about Rigby is its history: “What l like about working at Rigby is that it is one of the world’s oldest gunmaking factories, and that the firm has made everything from pocket pistols and duelling pistols, right through to target and sporting rifles – all of the finest quality. Anyone working for such a company can feel very proud of it.”
Vlado has been with Rigby since the firm’s return to London in 2013. Originally from Slovakia, he has many years of experience as a stocker and gunsmith. He’s also an experienced cabinet maker and carpenter. Outside work, his interests include football and ice hockey.
Geoffrey Lignon came to Rigby straight from the Liege School of Gunmaking, where he trained exclusively in the art of engraving. Always passionate about wildlife, especially African animals, he was thrilled to be given the chance to work for Rigby: “To engrave upon rifles of this quality is extremely satisfying, and it is wonderful having the opportunity to engrave exotic animals on them.” What’s more, he finds that the supportive atmosphere at Rigby gives him what he needs to do his best work. In his spare time, Geoffrey enjoys drawing, science fiction films, music and sport.
Stocker Martin Levis comes from the south of France and studied at the gunmaking school in St Etienne. He trained with artisan gunmaker Jean-Charles Savin for three years and subsequently spent a year working as a stocker at London’s Watson Brothers. In summer 2016 he began working at Rigby. He is pleased to be working for a firm with such history and to have the chance to work on guns of the finest quality. Outside of work, he enjoys hunting and shooting with friends, riding his motorbike and has a passion for classic cars.
Jamie joined Rigby in autumn 2015 as an apprentice, having studied mechanical engineering at college. Interested in firearms from a young age, he is enjoying learning the arts of gunmaking at Rigby. Jamie particularly enjoys the variety of the work, and accompanying Gunroom Manager David Miles to the range to regulate new and refurbished rifles. Along with history, Jamie’s outside interests include motorsport, computers and woodwork.
Charles joined Rigby in October 2017 after spending four years training to be a gunsmith at the Liege School of Gunmaking in Belgium. Charles’ passion for gunmaking came from his father, a Belgian gunsmith. Throughout his study, Charles demonstrated pure commitment to learning the art of gunmaking by spending every waking moment, including his weekends and time after school, helping his dad in the workshop.
What Charles enjoys most about working for Rigby is a combination of “working with a brand which has such a strong history, combined with a young and motivated team, dedicated to producing the best quality guns”. Outside of work Charles enjoys hunting and football.
Marie joined Rigby in November 2017, after completing two years of engraving classes at the Liege School of Gunmaking in Belgium, close to where she lived. Engraving has always been in the blood for Marie, as her great grandfather was the last Belgian Francotte gunmaker.
On a school trip to London while visiting gun workshops and museums for creative inspiration, Marie discovered Rigby. She was fascinated by the engravings on the guns, the high standard of work and ambience at Rigby, so set it as her goal to work here. Marie enjoys learning new engraving techniques and seeing the improvement in anything she tries. Outside of work she enjoys embroidery, drawing and crafting.
Tsega joined Rigby in February 2014, initially joining on a part-time basis before taking on a full-time role as Rigby’s financial controller, after her mentor Patricia Pugh retired. Originally from Eritrea in Africa, when Tsega joined Rigby she brought with her years of experience in group accountancy, working for other major nationwide firms. From a company who prides themselves in innovation and embracing change, Tsega feels really part of the growth of the company, having come on board just as Rigby moved to their new premises at Pensbury Place in London. Outside of working life, she enjoys cooking, entertaining, going to the movies and when time allows, hitting the gym.
Maria joined Rigby early in 2016, having trained as an economist and worked in private banking in her native Spain. She ensures that the Rigby office runs smoothly and she is a key link between clients and the firm’s team of gunmakers. Maria also assists with the preparation of import and export papers. Outside work, her interests include travel, languages, reading, music, cooking and sport.
Head of engraving and design
James joined Rigby in February 2018, bringing years of experience engraving for some of Britain’s most renowned gunmakers. Before starting his career, he studied at the John Cass School of Art in London. Upon leaving college, he worked as a fine jewellery and silverware engraver in the West End, before he retrained as a bank note engraver, which he did for more than 10 years. After leaving this appointment, he moved into gun engraving.
James has been engraving guns for the past 15 years, working mostly for London gunmakers, Purdey, Holland & Holland but more recently Rigby, before officially joining the company. Speaking about his role, James commented: “Marc has built a fantastic team at Rigby, who produce beautifully made guns down to the finest detail, what I really like is that we never rest on our laurels. It’s a positive team, which I’m proud to be part of.”
Outside of work James enjoys visiting art and design galleries, mountain biking, watching rugby, good food and wine, plus regularly walking his two springer spaniels, Macie and Bertie.