Our Team

Board Members

Michael Ruggier
CEO & Co-founder

Previously with Shell International for 24 years, last 7 as Shell “GameChanger” with a formidable track record of turning radically novel ideas into reality and creating many rags to riches stories. Michael brings to the company a wealth of expertise in innovation, fund raising and external relations.

Tony Renton
A chemical engineer by background with a varied 30 year career with BP in positions such as Commercial Director for Middle East. He founded a number of start-ups and an environmental charity.

Charlotte Morton
Non-Executive Director
A corporate lawyer by background, Charlotte has grown a number of start up companies and through her current business, We Are Orchard Limited, is helping to drive the growth of sectors that will most contribute to a sustainable world. Charlotte is also on the boards of Green Gas Trading Ltd and 67 Pall Mall Limited.

Nick Saunders
Non-Executive Director
An engineer by background, Nick has held a variety of project, strategic, corporate finance and commercial roles in the aerospace and energy industries as well as a period with the Boston Consulting Group providing strategic consultancy. Nick has worked with a variety of start-ups, helping them to structure for growth.

Management Team

John Prewer 
Technical Director & Co-founder
The father/inventor of aeroponics (conceived under the mentorship of Buckminster Fuller) with the world’s first patents & commercial system. Consulted to NASA on Mars mission in 1983 and since then has conducted 35 years of research into improvements and growth enhancement technologies.

Anri Brand 
Head of Technology – IoT & Data
Anri has a Computer Science background and has worked in the enterprise software industry for 15 years. She has extensive experience in delivering and selling enterprise technology solutions to customers in various sectors including banking, utilities, telecommunications, technology and retail. Her experience is truly global having worked extensively with customers across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. 

Barry Robertson
Horticulturalist & Operations Manager

Former Head of Dept. for Horticultural Services, glasshouses / polytunnels and controlled environments (CER’s) at the John Innes Centre. His responsibilities included developing the physical structures to optimise energy saving & provide world leading research facilities. Has over 40 years’ experience in the industry.

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