The Mevo Team
Erik Zydervelt
erik zydervelt

Founding Director

Erik’s a creative, pragmatic, big picture focused environmental changemaker. He's passionate about savvy business driving environmental regeneration. He works in international corporate strategy & spends his free time on high impact, scalable urban livability projects. He brings conceptual, strategy & comms focus and a strong background in research & data driven decision making.

Finn Lawrence
finn lawrence

Founding Director
Head of Product

Finn has a strong background in early stage startups, and is passionate about using smart technology to make life easier. During the day he's working on the product, and at night he dreams of a sustainable tech utopia, with self driving electric cars, reusable rockets, and lots of free time to travel and eat good food. Finn brings the tech backbone and lean, customer focused startup thinking to the table.

Phil Burgess
phil burgess

Head of Mobility

Phil is a creative problem solver who is on a mission to revolutionise the way we interact with mobility. He has 14 years experience within the car rental industry spanning corporate and All of Government executive sales, account and sales channel management, fleet procurement, team leadership and frontline operation positions. Phil brings practical industry experience with fresh solutions to enrich both the corporate and residential mobility experience.

Frazer Black
frazer black

Head of Community & Experience

Frazer is a digital native with a passion for emergent technology, customer experience, and brunch. His background working for a major New Zealand Telco provider has seen him responsible for culture and communications alongside digital project delivery. You'll find Frazer surgically attached to his laptop or phone - keeping up on local and international trends and making sure Mevo's communications are regular and relevant.

The Mevo Board
Paul Atkins
paul atkins

Board Chair

Paul is CEO, Karori Sanctuary Trust (Zealandia) and Managing Director of Boutiq Science Ltd. Previous roles include CEO, National Energy Research Institute; Director Business Development, Izon Science Ltd; GM International Investments, FRST; and senior manager in the British Council. He holds an MSc and post-graduate qualifications in business and marketing management. He is a Chartered Physicist, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and member of the Institute of Directors.

Meg Matthews
meg matthews


Meg has held diverse executive roles across key business disciplines of finance, human resource management, strategic planning and marketing. Former World of WearableArt (WOW) CEO and Head of Marketing - Australasia for Air New Zealand, Meg is a Director of Cawthron Institute, Nelson Regional Development Agency, Wellington-based Footnote New Zealand Dance and an Associate Director of Ngāi Tahu Tourism. She holds a BCom from Auckland University and is a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Jason McDonald
jason mcdonald


Jason has held diverse executive level roles in the energy sector gaining significant experience in venture capital, governance, mergers & acquisitions, strategy, sales & marketing in New Zealand, Australia, United States and Spain. He was previously Head of Sales & Marketing at Meridian Energy and was a Board member of Powershop for 6 years. He holds an MBA from Deakin, a BE(Hons) in Electrical Engineering from Auckland and is a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Carl Barlev
carl barlev

Investor, Advisor

As a power engineer with a passion for sustainability, Carl was naturally drawn to the EV industry. After helping Tesla roll out their first superchargers across Europe in 2013 and 2014, he moved back to New Zealand and founded Blue Cars, which is helping to accelerate the uptake of EVs here. Carl is also a director of Charge Net NZ and a founding Trustee of the Better NZ Trust.

Ants Cabraal
ants cabraal

Investor, Advisor

Ants has supported, advised and worked alongside many entrepreneurs working to solve big, meaningful problems. After being a participant in Lightning Lab 2013, he moved to help launch the Live the Dream program in 2013, co-founded, the OS//OS (open source, open society) conferences and has supported multiple entrepreneurship development programs and events since then (including the Smart Energy Challenge that supported Mevo in 2014/15). He has been an active member and connector, helping to grow the Enspiral network since 2013.

Ants Cabraal
joseph hlady

Investor, Advisor

Joseph has been involved in the geomatics and mapping industry for his entire career, with over 15 years of global experience helping engineering, environmental and service companies develop and commercialize geomatics services, technology and solutions. Joseph now spends most of his time leveraging his knowledge by supporting the commercialization of start-ups in the autonomous vehicle and ride sharing industries. He is involved in autonomous vehicle, ride sharing and mapping companies in Silicon Valley, Calgary, and Wellington. Joseph brings his global experience in geomatics and commercialization to Mevo.

Ian Fay
ian fay

Financial Advisor

Ian is a Deloitte Private partner based in Wellington. He advises a range of businesses, including a number of early stage technology start-ups. Ian is also part of the Deloitte National Energy team. As well as being a Chartered Accountant, Ian has an Engineering degree (Brunel University) and is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

James Renwick
james renwick

Climate Advisor

James has considerable experience in research, from weather prediction at MetService to climate change at NIWA and Victoria University. He studies Southern Hemisphere climate, including the El Niño/La Niña cycle, and climate impacts on New Zealand and the Antarctic. James was a lead author for the last two Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Reports and is a member of the World Climate Research Programme Joint Scientific Committee.