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.

Antal Neville
Strategy & Business Development
Antal has joined Airponix with previous experience in agriculture-focused startups. He is passionate about driving innovations that improve the world’s food systems. Earlier in his career, he worked as an industry research analyst and as a journalist. He holds an MBA from INSEAD.

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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