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 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.
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.
Shipping and Export Manager
Patricia has been a key figure in re-establishing Rigby in London from 2013. Financial Director until 2015, she now manages shipping and exports. Patricia has more than 35 years of experience in the British gun trade and in dealing with clients worldwide: from producing guns, to corporate management and marketing, to organising hunts in every corner of the world.
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.
US Big Game Sales Agent
Lee LeBas is Rigby’s dedicated Big Game sales agent in the US. He has been working with us to help establish our presence in the North American market for our Big Game range since 2013. Based in Reno, Nevada, Lee has more than 30 years of high end gunsmithing experience, which benefits from his keen interest in historic 20th century firearms and ammunition, including the development of the Mauser action and its historic relationship with Rigby. Lee helps both dealers and customers obtain up to date information about Rigby’s range of Big Game sporting rifles. He works closely with our North American Big Game distributor, Blaser USA, to ensure that dealers receive the support they need and to put consumers in touch with sales outlets that have relevant firearms in stock.
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.”
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.
Originally from Tours in France, metalworker Gatien Guy studied at the Liege Gun School in Belgium and graduated with multiple prizes. He joined Rigby in summer 2016. Gatien’s work includes fitting iron sights, shaping various rifle components and carrying out repairs for clients. He feels particularly privileged to be part of the team working on the numerous Rising Bites on order. A keen hunter, he also enjoys riding his motorbike and playing golf, when not working.
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.
PA and Office Manager
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.