Sam Mackwell – Co-Founder, C.M.E, Director
Sam is on a mission to facilitate a just transition away from fossil fuel, particularly for agriculture & transport. Over the past 6 years, Sam has developed the technology behind AgLocosTM after raising private capital from multiple sources. Prior to this, Sam explored various technologies including biofuel turbine engines and hydrogen, having received several grants for this work. Sam took part in the Young Enterprise Scheme in 2011 and was selected to compete in Bangkok. In 2012 Sam was invited to attend the Pacific Forum in Rarotonga.
Philip Royds – Co-Founder, C.E.O
Raised on a mid-Canterbury farm, Philip is an experienced co-founder with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive industry. Philip co-founded Link Engine Management Ltd, a leading developer of engine management software and control units and a finalist in the 2021 Hi-Tech Awards. Philip brings strong skills in Business Planning, Product Design, Automotive Electronics, Engineering and Entrepreneurship.
Dr Charles Merfield – Advisor, Sustainable Agriculture
Dr Charles Merfield (HND Comm. Hort., M.Appl.Sci. Hons, PhD, MRSNZ) is head of the BHU Future Farming Centre, which is focused on science and extension in the sustainable agricultures, such as organic and regenerative farming. He has wide experience both as a commercial farmer so understands real-world farming and as a scientist working across all aspects of agriculture and horticulture, including soil, pests, weeds, crops and pasture. His speciality is non-chemical weed management, particularly thermal weeding and he has designed and built a diverse range of flame and steam weeders.
Ing. Shaun T. Mc Mahon – Advisor, Modern Steam & International Relations (Argentina)
In 1994 Shaun’s interest in modern steam technology led him to take up the role of Assistant Mechanical Engineer on the newly privatised Alfred County Railway (ACR) in South Africa, this followed a nine year career working on steam railways in Wales. As a result of his work on modern steam, Shaun started a close working relationship with Ing. Livio Dante Porta during the 1990s, eventually leading Shaun to Argentina in 1998 to work as a locomotive engineer. In 2009, Shaun took charge of modern steam development at INTI, Argentina’s National Institute of Industrial Technology, ensuring the continuation of Porta’s work on advanced steam technology there.
Ing. Martín Rearte – Advisor, Solid Bio-Fuel & Agricultural Residues (Argentina)
Martín is a bioenergy specialist working as the technical coordinator of Solid Bio-fuels at INTI, Argentina’s National Institute of Industrial Technology. Martín is dedicated to promoting SMEs that make up the renewable energy industrial sector. He is a researcher in the field of Renewable Energy Systems and a senior consultant in biomass management and its industrialization processes.
Ian Cullimore – Advisor, Engineering & Production
Ian went into business in 1980 at age 23 after serving an apprenticeship as an Automotive Machinist. Ian started out in a home workshop and has grown his engineering business over 41 years. Ian’s company, Cullimore Engineering has worked in a range of sectors including irrigator development and manufacturing, micro hydro-power generators and the manufacture of earth rod driving trucks for the power line industry. Ian’s company is also a contractor for building Doppelmayr chair lifts. Ian has extensive experience with steam technology. He began building his first model steam locomotive at age 15 in 1972 and recently heavily rebuilt a 15 tonne Marshall steam roller.
Sam Elder – Advisor, Climate Change Strategy
Sam started out in the 1990s as a ‘rocket scientist’ working on some of the world’s biggest, highest-risk space missions. Sam moved to NZ in 2005, initially coordinating NZ’s largest Outcomes Based Investment research programme before taking on the role of Business Insight Manager at Meridian Energy. After 6-years at Meridian, Sam went on to support social innovation and entrepreneurship as Southern Director of the Akina Foundation. Most recently she spent 3-years as a Senior Strategy Manager at Environment Canterbury, with responsibility for three of Council’s six portfolios, and a new ‘Climate Change Integration’ programme. In 2020 Sam chose to focus in on society’s ultimate complex challenge – the urgent, must-win fight to combat climate change.