Our company was founded by three brothers, off the back of challenges laid down by key figures in the New Zealand and international cinematography industry to develop the next generation of UAV solutions. We took up the challenge to develop technology to solve the reason UAVs are called drones. The drone from UAVs is a major issue world-wide and a particular problem for UAVs used for cinematography. Dotterel was recently awarded the NewsShooter Most Innovative Product of NAB 2016 Award in Las Vegas for its acoustic shrouds which reduce noise within the speech spectrum, shift noise up and away from the scene and additionally provide safety by guarding the propellers.
Meet our Team
Mat leads the Dotterel team and is responsible for business and strategic partnership development.
He is formally trained in Biotechnology and Chemical and Materials Engineering, has worked for a number of the most exciting technology companies founded in New Zealand and was a recent finalist in the 2015 NZBIO young scientist of the year awards.
Most recently Mat led the expansion of BioConsortia’s New Zealand field trial operations, working with regulatory agencies, contractors and consultants to significantly expand operations and test microbial treatments on corn and wheat.
Shaun lends project management, electronics and electrical development within Dotterel. He holds an electronics and computer engineering degree and is a NZ qualified electrical engineer who runs his own electrical engineering business.
A working background of industrial electronics servicing, board-level repairs and problem solving lead to the opportunity to work in the R&D Biofuels company LanzaTech. There gaining diverse experience and project mangement skills. Projects including containersed laboratories, gas handling systems, safety systems and IT upgrades where taken through from design to fabrication to commissioning.
These skills are now applied at Dotterel heading our project, electrical and code base development of proprietary active noise filtering solutions.
Seamus is an Mechatronics engineer who brings skills ranging from automation, programming, CAD design through to UAV piloting.
In 2014 Seamus was runner up of the GT Murray award for his presentation on Engineering Research and Design for robotics. The year after he would go on to coach the Manukau Institute of Technology robotics team for the National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition. Working as an intern to LanzaTech gained him exposure to wide ranging projects from programming to instrumentation installations and laboratory automation.
At Dotterel Seamus is applying his skills to creating new technology solutions for UAV’s heading our passive noise solution development and piloting UAV’s above New Zealand’s fertile agricultural fields in the upper North Island.
Steve moved to New Zealand in 2010 after working for 16 years in the Hollywood industry. He has been a studio “suit” for Universal Studios, a feature screenwriter for Walt Disney Pictures, and the vice president of development for the indie production company SMASHfilms.
At Gibson Group he develops the feature film slate. This includes reading books and spec screenplays, taking pitches, and hiring writers for assignments, as well as working collaboratively with the writers, directors, and other producers to push our existing slate of films toward production.
Steve has a BFA in Theatre from the University of Southern California, and teaches screenwriting for the New Zealand Film and Television School, the New Zealand Writers Guild, Massey University, and Victoria University.
He serves on the boards of the Inspiring Stories Trust, the Reel Earth Film Festival, and the New Zealand Writers Guild
Will is an experienced executive, with a broad ranging background in commercialising new technologies through securing IP, fund-raising and building high performance teams.
Drawing on a wealth of experience in science and technology based businesses, with a focus on securing value, technology commercialization, intellectual property and corporate organization, Will strives to create value across a wide range of technology areas.
Most recently VP of External Relations at LanzaTech and the current CEO of NZBIO, and Investment Manager at PowerHouse, Will has in-depth and broad ranging experience and connections both in New Zealand and internationally.
Ian is a senior technical support engineer at Air New Zealand’s components with almost five decades of commercial avionics experience.
Ian has designed and commissioned test systems for pneumatics, avionics, hydraulics, flight guidance, wheels brakes, halon recovery systems, transmissivity test system for military P3 radomes, madbooms and commercial aircraft radomes.
He has designed and managed the upgrade of electronics, fuels systems and pneumatic for both Auckland and Christchurch’s jet engine test cells. Including design of software and hardware to control and test RB211-D2, RB211-G4, CF680-A2, CF680-C2, LM2500, LM5000. Led the development of APU gas turbine testing setup for Honeywell GTCP331-200 and 250 series, Honeywell GTCP85-129 the 95 series the 180 series, Honeywell GTCP 131-9A and the 9B.
A true legend in the Air New Zealand Technical Services Operations team, having been involved in 11 engine configurations alone, on 737s, 747s, 767s, and marine and industrial engines, Ian brings unparalleled experience from his avionics background to the Dotterel Advisory team.
Revolution Fibres Ltd is a nanofibre production company based in Auckland, New Zealand. They develop, produce and market nanofibre and nanofibre products and have earned AS9100C certification that allows the company to further develop nanofiber products for aerospace clients and make advancements with composite materials.
Microflown Technologies develops and markets highly innovative products and testing services in the field of sound and vibration. Their unique Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) technology based acoustic particle velocity sensor, is incorporated in their 2D scan and paint product. Microflown is providing our team with access to its innovative 2D scan and paint which provides fast, easy and accurate tool to visualize sound fields with an unmatched spatial resolution and full acoustic bandwith coverage.
Makegood was formed in 2015 and is led by industrial designer, David Moodie. David has twelve years experience working for both product design consultancy and manufacturing engineering companies. David has a passion for problem solving through design, loving the challenge of making your product look fantastic while functioning flawlessly!