Alton Drilling
Ideaction.
Success From The Inside Out
Alton Drilling

Our Purpose

We deliver site specific drilling solutions to enable our clients to make informed business decisions.

How We Do It

By developing the best people, designing and fabricating leading technologies.

Who Do We Do It For?

We provide quality core and fabricated products to clients that want to have a better understanding of what the earth contains beneath its surface. This is carefully balanced with our employee’s sense of belonging, families, the community and considering the environmental impact of business operations.

Our
Purpose

Our
Values

Resourceful

We are able to find safe, quick and clever solutions. We are dependable, reliable and do it right the first time.

Respect

We pay attention, have regard and consider the values of every person we encounter. We have a safe, fun optimistic attitude in all we do – always positive and laugh when we can.

Genuine

We are authentic and real in all aspects of work and interactions with others. What we do we do to the best of our ability.

Alton Drilling - About

Cory Ibbotson

CEO

With many years in the drilling sector, Cory has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of the industry. He is an integral part of our rig design, manufacturing, and supply team.

With Cory's can-do attitude and his awesome team, Alton Drilling is at the forefront of the industry within New Zealand and globally.

Glen Grindlay

HSE and Training Manager

Glen brings over 30 years of mining industry experience from working all over the world including South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and the UK. He has extensive experience in mine management, safety and risk management, compliance, auditing, training and resource planning. Glen has a degree in Mining Engineering and holds Australian and New Zealand First Class Mine Manager's certificates

Glen is our first point of contact for all health, safety, and training requirements.

Alton Drilling - About

Alton Drilling - About

Kelvin Trask

Contracts Manager

Kelvin has been involved with the drilling industry since 2005 and joined Alton Drilling in 2009.

Kelvin's main role is management of existing customer contracts and quoting for new projects.

Ralph Keenan

Senior Training Supervisor

Ralph comes with over 40 year’s experience within the Drilling Industry, with extensive knowledge in Geotechnical, Exploration, Geothermal Well Control, and Site Investigation drilling methods, as well having a strong knowledge of safety practices, risk analysis systems and policies.

Certified in Drilling Operations, Qualified NZQA Workplace Assessor and Registered MITO NZ Workplace Assessor in Non-hydrocarbon drilling.

Alton Drilling - About

Alton Drilling - About

Fabian Harley

North Island Operations Manager

Fabian has been in the industry for 20 years predominantly working on exploration surface projects both here in New Zealand and abroad. He has worked on a multitude of projects using various methods including Geo Tech, Seismic, Coal Exploration and Deep Hole diamond exploration. Fabian's primary role is ensuring all aspects of our north island operations are carried out to our clients and Alton drilling standards.

Chris Carter

South Island Operation

Chris has been heavily involved in the drilling industry for the past 14 years working on various different projects all over New Zealand ranging from mineral exploration, coal exploration, Geo-tech, heli Geo-tech, Oil and Gas, Seismic, Heli seismic and Water bores. He has also been a big part of running the successful completion of a remote project in Fiji.

Chris is currently running our South Island operations. You will find him on-site, actively managing a number of different drilling projects throughout the South Island.

Alton Drilling - About

Alton Drilling - About

Sarah Palmer

Human Resources/Payroll

Sarah has been with Alton Drilling since 2018. She is our Key HR contact with her focus of enhancing talent, elevating the potential of our team, Sarah leads the HR team who provides the overall strategic HR leadership. Their areas of focus include Talent Acquisition, Payroll, Compensation & Benefits, Employee Relations, Performance Development, Organisational Effectiveness, and Culture.

Aiden Stace

HSE and Training Advisor

Aiden has worked within the drilling industry since 2014 starting out in the geotechnical sector. Following his passion for being challenged and learning Aiden then entered into the mineral exploration sector.

His passion for health, safety and training has Aiden travelling the country to all our sites, supporting our team with their development of hazard management processes and risk control. He also provides on-site training for specialised equipment and drilling processes.

Alton Drilling - About

Alton Drilling - About

Cory Ibbotson

CEO

With many years in the drilling sector, Cory has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of the industry. He is an integral part of our rig design, manufacturing, and supply team.

With Cory's can-do attitude and his awesome team, Alton Drilling is at the forefront of the industry within New Zealand and globally.

Alton Drilling - About

Glen Grindlay

HSE and Training Manager

Glen brings over 30 years of mining industry experience from working all over the world including South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and the UK. He has extensive experience in mine management, safety and risk management, compliance, auditing, training and resource planning. Glen has a degree in Mining Engineering and holds Australian and New Zealand First Class Mine Manager's certificates

Glen is our first point of contact for all health, safety, and training requirements.

Alton Drilling - About

Kelvin Trask

Contracts Manager

Kelvin has been involved with the drilling industry since 2005 and joined Alton Drilling in 2009.

Kelvin's main role is management of existing customer contracts and quoting for new projects.

Alton Drilling - About

Ralph Keenan

Senior Training Supervisor

Ralph comes with over 40 year’s experience within the Drilling Industry, with extensive knowledge in Geotechnical, Exploration, Geothermal Well Control, and Site Investigation drilling methods, as well having a strong knowledge of safety practices, risk analysis systems and policies.

Certified in Drilling Operations, Qualified NZQA Workplace Assessor and Registered MITO NZ Workplace Assessor in Non-hydrocarbon drilling.

Alton Drilling - About

Fabian Harley

North Island Operations Manager

Fabian has been in the industry for 20 years predominantly working on exploration surface projects both here in New Zealand and abroad. He has worked on a multitude of projects using various methods including Geo Tech, Seismic, Coal Exploration and Deep Hole diamond exploration. Fabian's primary role is ensuring all aspects of our north island operations are carried out to our clients and Alton drilling standards.

Alton Drilling - About

Chris Carter

South Island Operation

Chris has been heavily involved in the drilling industry for the past 14 years working on various different projects all over New Zealand ranging from mineral exploration, coal exploration, Geo-tech, heli Geo-tech, Oil and Gas, Seismic, Heli seismic and Water bores. He has also been a big part of running the successful completion of a remote project in Fiji.

Chris is currently running our South Island operations. You will find him on-site, actively managing a number of different drilling projects throughout the South Island.

Alton Drilling - About

Sarah Palmer

Human Resources/Payroll

Sarah has been with Alton Drilling since 2018. She is our Key HR contact with her focus of enhancing talent, elevating the potential of our team, Sarah leads the HR team who provides the overall strategic HR leadership. Their areas of focus include Talent Acquisition, Payroll, Compensation & Benefits, Employee Relations, Performance Development, Organisational Effectiveness, and Culture.

Alton Drilling - About

Aiden Stace

HSE and Training Advisor

Aiden has worked within the drilling industry since 2014 starting out in the geotechnical sector. Following his passion for being challenged and learning Aiden then entered into the mineral exploration sector.

His passion for health, safety and training has Aiden travelling the country to all our sites, supporting our team with their development of hazard management processes and risk control. He also provides on-site training for specialised equipment and drilling processes.

Alton Drilling