Our Team

Ian Ugarte — Director

Ian’s love affair with the river began over ten years ago when he moved to Berowra Waters on the Hawkesbury River. Ian, being a licensed plumber, began to tinker with new designs for the river system upon which he lived. He constructed his own barge and ran a service on the river which still operates today; along with a floating cinema he used to put on for the locals.

Arkiboat was an idea he had from early on, but didn’t become more than that until more recently after seeking the expertise of his architect friend, Drew Heath. Ian now plays a vital role overseeing the design and production of Arkiboat.


Chris Kopsiaftis —Director (Sales)

Chris is a long time friend of Ian’s from their school days and saw the creation of Arkiboat as an exciting opportunity and experience. His background is in finance, but he has adapted his market knowledge and experience to seeing Arkiboat make its mark in the waters of Australia’s rivers. His long term vision is to take Arkiboat outside Australia and explore the potential for the design overseas. He now handles all sales and marketing operations for Arkiboat.


Ed Barton—Production Manager

Until recently, Ed had spent his entire career in the real estate industry. He relocated to the Hawkesbury River in 2001, where he met Ian and Chris and played a vital role in the construction of the Arkiboat prototype. Ed had since accepted the role as production manager of Arkiboat on a full time basis.

Drew Heath — Architect/Builder

Mention the name Drew Heath in the architectural world, and chances are most people either know of his designs or buildings that he has constructed. Drew is an extraordinary Architect and also holds his building license. He has been in the industry for over 15 years and has won countless awards from his industry and peers. Drew jumped at the chance to design and construct the Arkiboat prototype and has since put his name to several new designs that Arkiboat will offer to its market. His original design was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald Domain and Vogue Living magazine.