The Mevo Team
Erik Zydervelt
erik zydervelt

Founding Director
CEO

Erik is a creative, pragmatic, big picture focused environmental change maker. He’s passionate about savvy business driving environmental regeneration. Specifically, through high impact, scalable urban livability projects that deliver a better future today. His background is in international corporate strategy, conservation, and research, which leads to data-driven decision making. Erik is a proud Victoria University of Wellington alumni and enjoys exploring both cities and wilderness alike in his spare time.

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.

Ants Cabraal
ants cabraal

Head of Growth

Ants has supported, advised and worked alongside many entrepreneurs working to solve big, meaningful problems. He's run multiple entrepreneurship development programs including the Smart Energy Challenge that supported Mevo in 2014/15. He works to co-ordinate Mevo's growth, managing the tentacles of the octopus to grow and retain the member base and improve the sevice based on user feedback. When's he's not working on Mevo, Ants is heavily involved with the Enspiral network, particularly at Enspiral Dev Academy, helping to train and prepare the next wave of tech talent.

Emma Groom
emma groom

Graphic Design

Emma's an accomplished print and web designer who makes sure that Mevo is looking good. From the website and Facebook ads, to postcards, banners and photography — her eye for detail can be seen at work everywhere. She works full-time and fits Mevo around her other freelance work and passion projects. Emma is also the proud mother to a very lucky rabbit named Norman Ferguson.

Olie Body
olie body

Mobility Co-Ordinator

As part of Mevo's Wellington Operations team, Olie loves helping make Mevo tick. Alongside Mevo, Olie runs Wā Collective, a social enterprise established to end period poverty, period waste and the period taboo. Period. In three months of operation, her company has saved students $26,000 and prevented 72,000 disposable menstrual products from entering landfills. Olie has an intense investment in people and believes in empowerment through knowledge and equity. When not busied with electric cars or menstrual cups, you can find Olie windsurfing, painting or socilaising with friends over a glass of Waipara red.

Tian Wu
tian wu

Growth Co-Ordinator

Tian comes from a science background, with a strong interest in how biology works; from molecules and genes, all the way up to entire ecosystems. Naturally, this translates into helping Mevo to grow its messages of car transport evolution to the greater public. Beside science and digital marketing, he also enjoys trying and cooking new foods, and exploring NZ’s great outdoors.

Jesse Armstrong
jesse armstrong

Mobility Co-Ordinator

As part of the Mevo Operations team, Jesse keeps Mevo’s Wellington Operation humming and sharp day to day. Jesse also runs Vaka Interactiv, which develops storytelling technology that delivers deep emotional impact. His company has recently finished the Mahuki accelerator program at Te Papa Museum with their initial focus on the global museum sector. His background is in business management, instructional design, and entrepreneurship. He is fueled by a deep passion in business development and innovation. Jesse enjoys learning new things, exploring new ideas and meeting new people.

Alex Hunt-Painter
alex hunt-painter

Mobility Co-Ordinator

As part of the Mevo Operations team, Alex keeps Mevo’s Wellington Operation humming and sharp day to day. Alex is finishing a Ph.D. in green chemistry, through which he has developed novel ways to make known and potential pharmaceutical drugs used to treat diseases such as Diabetes and the flu-virus. He has a background in science and mathematics, which is used in his pursuits of strength training and environmental sustainability projects. Notably, Alex has an unnatural ability to recall classic 90s R&B when needed.

Tom Reed
tom reed

Mobility Co-Ordinator

As part of the Mevo Operations team, Tom keeps Wellingtonians in beautiful Mevos 8 days a week. Tom is a recent law graduate with a background in empowering communities to make social change. He’s passionate about using technology that’ll have a meaningful impact. When he’s not delighting Mevo’s members you’ll find him working on his startup that’s empowering people to thrive in a changing work environment. In his spare time Tom is an accomplished standup comedian.

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

Director

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

Director

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.

Advisors
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.

Joseph Hlady
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.