About Us

Our Mission

To help grow nutritious food locally, and sustainably, to feed the growing population.

Our Vision

We see a world in which people around the globe have a secure, economic, and easy way to produce the food they need, when they need it.

Board Members

Michael Ruggier
CEO & 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.
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.
Tim Trotter
Tim is a successful entrepreneur with thirty years' experience in both media, business and financial services. He currently has a wide variety of international interests which include both public and private companies.
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.

Executive Team

Josh Jenkins
Data Analyst
With a background in agricultural science, finance and farming; Josh models, analyses and manages projects.
Luca Ruggier
IoT Developer
As an electronics and computer engineer with a fascination for wireless communication, Luca manages the LoRaWAN® IoT systems and develops Airponix in-house electronics.
Barry Robertson
Horticultural Consultant
With extensive knowledge and over 45 years of experience in the horticulture sector, Barry advises and facilitates commercial trials.
Gabriel De Franco
Farm Innovation

An industrial engineer and horticulturist with 12+ years of professional commercial controlled environment agriculture experience with a deep passion for profitable food production systems.

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