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Directors and Management

Managing Director

Francois Grobler

BSc Hons. (Geology), MSc Eng. (Mineral Economics), PhD (Operations Research)

Francois is a mining engineer with qualifications and experience in geology, mineral economics, financial management and applied mathematics (operations research).

This broad combination of skills together with over 25 years of corporate, operational, and consulting experience allows a wide-ranging perspective in understanding natural and technical systems from a macro to microscopic level, as well as the economic and commercial principles that often drive them. His exposure to both the earth sciences and engineering fields provides a unique appreciation of the interaction between the natural environment and man-made technologies, ultimately governing the dynamics underlying the global pollution problem.

He is passionate about identifying opportunities to improve and optimise systems and devising strategies and mechanisms that implement solutions to such problems.

Commercial Director

Gordon Webster

BSc (Management Science)

Gordon is qualified in the field of Management Science and has over 25 years of experience across a range of executive and advisory roles, delivering business change successfully to drive results across multiple industry sectors and organisation size from start-ups, to SME’s and large blue corporates.

Gordon has diverse skills ranging from strategic planning, business operating model effectiveness and efficiency reviews, post-acquisition / merger integration, benefits realisation, go-to market strategies, shaping and implementing culture change.

He is adept at taking the vision of organisations and translating these into executable plans that deliver desired business goals and has led a diversity of initiatives from short focused assignments to large scale and complex assignments during his career.


Steve McQuillan

Bachelor of Business (Accounting Major, Business Law), Certificate Financial Analysis, Financial Modelling

Consulting CFO and Company Secretary for private and listed companies, angel investor, start-up and scale-up commercialisation advisor

Technical Expert

David Marquis

B.Eng (Mech. Eng. Aerospace), MSc (Aero/Astro Engineering)

David is a qualified mechanical engineer with aero- and astrospace specialisation. With over 25 years of broad multi-disciplinary engineering and management experience, and a focus on client requirements and quality solutions he has functioned as a team and project manager with the objective to plan, execute and troubleshoot projects of any size from initial scope development through design and delivery.

David is passionate about bringing cutting-edge energy projects to life, challenging the status quo, and making organizations better, more streamlined, and therefore, more profitable.

Technical Expert

Narendran Subramaniam

B.Eng (Mech. Eng.), MSc (Aerodynamics & CFD), MBA

Naren is a qualified mechanical engineer with additional qualifications and experience in aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), as well as business administration (MBA).

As a natural problem solver, he has applied his engineering knowledge across his 20 years of experience to solve problems and find sustainable solutions that have a positive impact on our planet. Naren has a strong focus on setting up and growing start-up organizations and is actively involved in innovation consulting, ideation, prototyping and commercialization of unique solutions.

Technical Expert

Tom Theron

National Diploma (Electronic Engineering)

Tom is a qualified electronic engineer with specialisation in Electrical, Instrumentation and Electronic Engineering.

Tom has over 25 years of electrical and electronic engineering expertise in industrial, mining, medical, renewable and sub-sea technologies, covering research, design, data communications, instrumentation, control and systems integration.