Sarah Fitzgerald – Chief Executive

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@evolocity.co.nz

Shannon Wildman – National Coordinator

After personal involvement with EVolocity over a few years, Shannon is super excited to be part of the EVolocity team as National Coordinator – contributing to what is already an awesome organisation, and bringing along a little extra girl power.

With a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Sociology, and experience running her photography business, Shannon is a creative who loves expanding her knowledge and learning bits and bobs of everything. Outside of work, you’ll find her listening to music, building LEGO, and cleaning! Contact shannon@evolocity.co.nz

Sam Knox – Program Manager

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.

He is an Arduino programming and CAD design expert with experience as a Mechanical Engineer. Contact Sam sam@evolocity.co.nz

Annabelle Batchelor – School Coordinator

Annabelle brings over 10 years of experience as a biomedical scientist, working in the UK and Ireland public health system. She is passionate about using her scientific expertise to contribute to empowering the next generation through STEM education. Her background includes a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and additional coding skills.

Annabelle will be coordinating the Manawatu, Wellington, Nelson and Canterbury regions. Recently returning to Wellington, Annabelle is excited to explore her home country, you can find her walking her dog along the beautiful coastlines or adventuring with her little one on bush walks. Contact annabelle@evolocity.co.nz

Jo Morgan – Head of Partnerships

Jo has worked in the NFP sector for 20 years as a fundraising professional and manager of various charities in health, youth, community law & 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 rangatahi who have a willingness to learn and whose imagination and talents are endless. Jo is based in the sunny Bay of Plenty region. Her pastimes include caring for her many pets, music-singing/song-writing and volunteering/supporting local animal rescues. Contact jo.morgan@evolocity.co.nz

Chantelle Cobby – Marketing and Communications

Chantelle is the newest addition to EVolocity team, and is looking forward to helping raise EVolocity’s profile through her role as the marketing and communications manager.

She brings with her four years experience helping for-purpose individuals and organisations with their communications, marketing, community-building, and project management efforts.

Chantelle is passionate about EVolocity’s mission of building the next generation of innovators, and is excited to contribute to the cause. Contact chantelle@evolocity.co.nz

Thomas Galbraith – Technical Lead South Island

Thomas is an Electrical Engineer with experience working with electric vehicles and recently in-space electronics and aerospace propulsion systems. Whilst studying Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Canterbury, he was actively involved with Formula SAE for a number of years, eventually taking on the position of Chief Engineer and Team Lead for the electric vehicle team. He has also served as an official Technical Inspector (scrutineer) at the Australasian Formula SAE competition. Thomas’ interests include electric powertrain design, EV safety systems, lithium battery design, DC motor control, embedded systems, PCB design and project management. When not doing engineering, you will probably find Thomas out on a mountain bike or surfboard! Contact thomas@evolocity.co.nz

Keith Anderson – Technical Lead North Island

Keith is a product development engineer at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare where he works on embedded software for medical devices. While studying Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Auckland Keith was Team Leader of the Formula SAE team. In his final year of study, Keith was published in the Australasian Computing Education Conference for his work on a tool to help students learn to problem-solve when writing code. Outside of work, Keith is an avid Formula 1 fan, and a self-proclaimed coffee snob. Contact keith@evolocity.co.nz