Sarah Fitzgerald – Chief Executive & Regional coordinator Auckland
Sarah Fitzgerald is an experienced renewable energy sector leader committed to supporting youth and industry in the transition of the global energy market to a zero carbon economy. She views education as an essential role in this journey to develop future generations of innovators in sustainability.
Sarah is also Principal of Nikau Energy, a communications and events company committed to the cleantech sector providing knowledge sharing platforms to help facilitate the adoption of clean and renewable energy solutions.
Prior to joining EVolocity Sarah spent eight years living in the Middle East where she held roles with a number of prominent renewable energy organisations including General Manager of the Clean Energy Business Council and founder of the MENA region’s Women in Clean Energy (WICE) Program.
Before moving to Dubai with her husband and daughter, Sarah was Head of the CEO’s Office at Westpac New Zealand and was actively involved in the local non profit sector.
Contact Sarah at [email protected]
Les Black – Programme manager
Christchurch native Les Black manages the learning aspect of the EVolocity programme. Les is a former physics, science & math teacher who has consulted with the Ministry of Education around Science and Physics Curriculum development and Assessment Framework development (Science and Physics). Les Co-wrote the Physics and Technology assessment standards.
Scholarships to develop programmes for Science Alive and the NZ Science and Technology Roadshow started his movement out of schools to start up Electroflash Resourcing, that supplies science & technology kit to schools throughout NZ. During this period he chaired an industry – education partnership group (Electrenz) for the hi-tech sector which led to the co-founding of the Brightsparks club (with Ross Petersen) and annual awards, designed to encourage young people into entrepreneurship and hi-tech pursuits.
Within this, Les won the coveted Hi-Tech sectors Education Award and ran hundreds of courses for teachers across NZ. A satisfying outcome was the inclusion of electronics in high school curricula.
His passion continues with Evolocity as an exciting context to expand the career horizons of young people in engineering.
Contact Les at [email protected]lectroflash.co.nz
Deni Archer – Communications manager & Regional coordinator Canterbury
While Deni has a degree in Environmental and Geographical Science, her experience is broader, with a focus on corporate sustainability, corporate philanthropy, communications and community development. Deni has also undertaken volunteerism work in both sustainability and education projects in South Africa.
Her passion for sustainability and education attracted her to work with EVolocity in late 2018. Her experience in evaluation, communications, reporting and environmental education has supported her work at EVolocity well in both her roles as regional coordinator and communications manager.
Deni is inspired by working with people and organisations like EVolocity that are striving to make a positive difference in the world.
Contact Deni at [email protected]
Jessica Wilkes – Regional coordinator Bay of Plenty
Jessica has a background in project management and teaching. She spent time in the UK working in IT Project Management before moving back to New Zealand to teach Digital Technology, Math and Business studies at a high school in Westport.
It was at Buller High School that she became involved in Robotics and Engineering, but not until her little brother got involved in EVolocity did she spend any time in mechanics. It has been a steep learning curve but Jessica is now proud to say that she has indeed built a working kart and “boy is steering tricky!”.
Jessica currently works with Rotorua Lakes Council to deliver engineering and technology programmes to schools all over Rotorua, alongside holiday programmes and after school clubs.
Contact Jessica at [email protected]
Sam Knox – Regional coordinator Waikato
Research and development in the field of mechatronic engineering has been Sam’s focus thus far. He has been involved with modern technologies such as drones and computers, having spent much of his time building them. As well as studying as a mechanical engineer, his experience includes electronics and music. He is currently the music producer for a pop/EDM band.
Sam is passionate about building a sustainable future and supporting technologies that operate on renewable materials and energy sources. He takes fulfilment from passing on knowledge and assisting others in the development of theirs. Sam has spent several years living in Papua New Guinea, which has given him a wider appreciation and broad understanding of other cultures.
Sam’s inspiration comes from the creative process of developing new and exciting technologies and making a positive difference for our future.
Contact Sam at [email protected]
Jo Morgan – Head of Partnerships
Jo has worked in the not for profit sector for over 17 years as a Fundraising professional or Manager of various charities in health, youth related, community law and animal welfare. “My journey in the charitable sector started in the Bequests area with the then named Foundation of the Blind. I will always be grateful for the path my career took into the world of philanthropy and service. I have been touched so often by the generosity and compassion shown towards the vulnerable in our society, by individuals and entities that have showed great moral and financial support. These benefactors choose to care about inspiring positive change and empowering others who dare to dream.”
Jo’s work with EVolocity facilitates supporters to help open doors and career pathways for rangitahi who have a willingness to learn and whose imagination and talents are endless.
Jo is based in the sunny Bay of Plenty region. Her past times include caring for her many pets, music-singing/song-writing and volunteering/supporting local animal rescues.
Contact Jo at [email protected]