Our Senior Team

Rodney Longhurst – Chairman and Owner

Rodney and his family have a well-established history and passion for boating, and are long-term owners of various Riviera vessels.

Rodney is a qualified joiner and builder by trade, commencing his business career on the Gold Coast in 1980, assisting with the development of the Dreamworld theme park. Rodney then went on to build and develop luxury houses, and has since been involved with a number of other property developments.

Between 1991 and 2008, Rodney combined his experience in the property industry with an opportunity in the tourism and leisure sectors, through the ownership of a number of Queensland accommodation businesses, located in some of Australia’s favourite tourist destinations. As Managing Director of this enterprise, Rodney was able to use this opportunity to create a highly motivated workforce, dedicated to excellence in customer service. From the mid 1990s onwards, he also assisted with the management of the Longhurst investment in the large Hyperdome shopping centre in Brisbane’s south.

In 2000, Rodney teamed up with his long-term friend Wes Moxey to develop a 9.3 hectare site, just down the road from the current Riviera factory in Coomera, as a service yard for use by the marine industry.

In March 2012, Rodney acquired the Riviera business outright, thereby taking advantage of the opportunity to mix his business skills in the marine and property industries with his passion for boating, quality, creativity and the pursuit of excellence. This also presented another opportunity to work alongside his trusted business partner Wes Moxey.


Wesley Moxey – Chief Executive Officer

Wes Moxey’s history with Riviera dates back to the company’s formative years in Labrador, which is 15 kilometres south of the current Riviera Coomera manufacturing facility, and the launch of the Riviera 30. Wes joined Riviera in 1982 as a shipwright, just two years after the company was founded in 1980. He was later promoted to Production Manager in 1987 and then Managing Director in 1998. His extensive marine experience and boat building knowledge fuelled his rise to the challenge of CEO in 2000 where he oversaw the move to the company’s 14-hectare state-of-the-art Coomera facility. In 2008 he took a three-year sabbatical from Riviera during which time he developed the Belize Motoryacht line. Wes returned to the Riviera helm in 2012 and under his leadership and guidance, the company is moving forward and gaining further strength and momentum with a dedicated investment into new model development.


Richard Appleby – Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer

Richard began his career with KPMG in England in 1991 upon graduating from Liverpool University with a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering with Honours. He spent the next four years working towards becoming a Chartered Accountant, which he achieved in 1995. During his career, Richard worked with highly regarded companies such as Coopers & Lybrand, The Royal Yacht Group, Compaq Computer Australia and Millers Self Storage, before joining Riviera in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer. He left Riviera in 2008 to pursue other interests and worked with a diverse range of multi-national and privately held companies in the wholesale, retail, hospitality, technology and manufacturing sectors, before returning to Riviera in late 2012. Richard is proud to be part of the Riviera team who all share a common goal – to create the ultimate boating experience.


Chris McCafferty – Region International Sales Director

Chris McCafferty began his marine career in the waterskiing industry, representing the UK at international level and winning numerous national championships before opening his own waterskiing club, which he successfully managed for 10 years. In 2000 he opened his own boat dealership with his father, and together they represented Tige Boats throughout Europe, winning esteemed international sales awards. In 2002 he joined Tige’s production team in Texas where he learnt how to build boats and was quickly appointed Quality Control Manager and then National Sales Manager, a position he held from 2002-2005, when he joined Riviera as National Sales Manager for the Americas. By 2009, Chris was promoted to Director of Riviera Yachts, heading up the Americas team, and this role quickly grew to include Europe, Asia and the Middle East (EAME). In 2012 Chris was formally appointed International Sales Director, responsible for Riviera’s growing global operations. Based at Riviera’s Americas headquarters in Stuart, Florida, Chris is the first point of contact and support for Riviera’s expanding global dealer network, which spans some 60 countries.


Stephen Milne – Brand and Communications Director

Stephen’s career in the boating industry began in 1980 when he started working as an advertising consultant in marine publishing. He founded his own advertising and marketing services company in 1987, listing the marine industry’s biggest brands as clients, amongst many major multi-national brands. Over an 18 year period, Milne and Partners Advertising received many national and international awards for their creative work. In 1997, Stephen began consulting with Riviera in brand development and producing the company’s advertising and marketing materials. In 2004, Stephen joined Riviera as Director, Brand and Communications, running BrandCom, the internal marketing services department of the company that supports the Riviera and Belize dealer network that now spans more than 60 countries.


Stephen Ford – Industrial Designer and Head of Concept Design

After studying marine engineering at Southampton University in the United Kingdom, Stephen went on to pursue an award-winning career as a boat designer. As a senior designer for Sunseeker for 10 years, Stephen was mentored by Design Director John Braithwaite and Naval Architect Ewen Foster. In 2007, he relocated to Australia where he used his knowledge and experience to design the award-winning 5800 Sport Yacht for Riviera. This clever and innovative design took boating to a new level with the introduction of pod drives, aft galley and single level living, with four cabins and three bathrooms in a huge internal volume boat. His love of the Australian culture and outdoors lifestyle gave him the motivation to further his skills in marine design and he seized the opportunity in 2011 to work on the Belize Motoryacht project with Wes Moxey before returning to Riviera as head of concept design and engineering in late 2012. Stephen brings to Riviera more than 15 years’ experience and a strong history of creating some of the most acclaimed luxury cruisers. Stephen and the team of talented designers are using the latest technology to create the next generation of Riviera and Belize boats.


Chris Attard – Owner and Dealer Care Director

Chris Attard capped off his first year in the workforce as Queensland Apprentice of the Year, a highly coveted acknowledgement of his exceptional skills and potential as a mechanic, and he repeated this achievement in his third year. Pursuing a passion for luxury vehicles, he found himself specialising in high-end European marques including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bugatti, leading to stints with V8 super-car, off-road buggy and boat-racing teams. Chris is also an accomplished jet ski-racing competitor and achieved Queensland and Australian titles under the Kawasaki and Yamaha badges. He joined the Riviera team in 1995, beginning in engineering where his attention to detail saw him progress to pre-delivery and sea trials. In 2003 Chris was appointed Riviera engineering manager, and in 2012 he was promoted to production manager. Involved in the development of almost 50 new Riviera models and having been instrumental in developing the stringent Riviera quality control procedures, Chris’s knowledge encompasses the entire Riviera business, including all areas of warranty, new product development, after-market, spare parts and supply.


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75 Enclosed Flybridge - Shaft Drive

The Brief was simple: create the largest, most luxurious and technically advanced Riviera ever. For our designers, engineers and craftspeople, it was an invitation to express their talent and creativity like never before - and they responded magnificently.

New 63 Enclosed Flybridge

Riviera is proud to announce the launch of its new 63 Flybridge with a raft of engineering and design enhancements based on its predecessor, the superb 61 Flybridge.

63 Open Flybridge

Riviera is proud to announce the launch of its new 63 Flybridge with a raft of engineering and design enhancements based on its predecessor, the superb 61 Flybridge.

New 53 Enclosed Flybridge with IPS

Designed from the keel up, using Riviera’s Uni-Graphics NX three dimensional CAD software system, the new 53 has been developed in-house after nearly two years of detailed consultation with boat owners across the globe.

New 53 Open Flybridge - IPS

Designed from the keel up, using Riviera’s Uni-Graphics NX three dimensional CAD software system, the new 53 has been developed in-house after nearly two years of detailed consultation with boat owners across the globe. The result is a fresh approach, signalling a new generation of Riviera prowess and efficiency. The 53 is a vessel of considerable internal volume, allowing Riviera’s designers to create unprecedented living spaces, elegant amenities and unrivalled performance.

New 50 Enclosed Flybridge

The stunning new 50 Enclosed Flybridge is expected to prove equally enticing as her big sister, the 53 Enclosed Flybridge. The new model is currently under construction and will make her world debut in 2013.

45 Open Flybridge - Shaft Drive

Anyone investing in a luxury pleasure boat has developed certain lifestyle standards and an aversion to compromise. If you relate to this, welcome to the world of Riviera… and in particular welcome aboard the 45 Open Flybridge.

43 Open Flybridge - IPS

The new Riviera 43 Open Flybridge, is the latest in flybridge design from Australia’s most awarded luxury boat builder.

5800 Sport Yacht - IPS

It is a luxury boat beyond anything previously developed by Riviera, Australia’s most awarded luxury boat builder. The exciting Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht, is the latest and most dramatic of the company’s European-style Sport Yacht series.

5000 Sport Yacht - Zeus

Embarking on the development of an entirely new style of boat is one of the most challenging and exciting projects we have undertaken in recent times. The inspiration for our Sport Yacht series, came from recognising the changing values and lifestyles not just of boat owners, but people everywhere – changes that are reflected in such domains as contemporary architecture, interior design and the styling of prestige cars.

4400 Sport Yacht Series II - IPS

In our long history we have produced many new vessels, but none has challenged traditions or questioned the assumptions on which boats are generally built quite like our Sport Yacht series.

3600 Sport Yacht Series II - IPS

It is a luxury boat beyond anything previously developed by Riviera, Australia’s most awarded luxury boat builder. The exciting Riviera 3600 Sport Yacht, is the latest and most dramatic of the company’s European-style Sport Yacht series.

New 565 SUV

From the immediate acceptance and success of the 445SUV, the 565 will be a great all round entertainer. Lockable sliding rear door, 3 sided enclosed hardtop with sliding side windows as standard makes for a comfortable boat in all types of weather.

New 445 SUV

Bearing Riviera’s classic hallmark design, the new 445 SUV has been crafted with Riviera’s rich-heritage in mind. Combining the high performance, blue water cruising abilities and large open cockpit of the classic Flybridge with the fish raising abilities of the Offshore Express, and the single-level leisurely, entertaining features of the popular Sport Yacht series, has created a vessel like no other, a true bridge between all of them.

Belize 54 Daybridge

All the amenities of the Sedan but with extra benefits on top. For those who relish open-air boating, or live where the warm season is short and want to make the most of it. Arcing deep-tread stairs lead up to saloon-like amenities including large L-shaped lounge, hi-lo table, wet bar with sink and fridge, and a second day helm.

Belize 54 Sedan

One continuous level of luxury with everything to hand - helm. galley, saloon, dining, bar - in a comfy, roomy weather-proof space. The Sedan is all Sport Yacht style; less about catching fish as catching up. Rear hopper window and sliding door extends entertaining to the open air. As does the giant sliding sunroof, either at anchor or under way.