About Us

Dotterel is a New Zealand based technology company that develops and integrates a suite of noise reduction and audio enablement technology for UAVs. The company was born out of the Callaghan C-Prize, where challenges were laid down by key figures in the New Zealand and international cinematography industry to develop the next generation of UAV solutions.

The Dotterel team have a track record of commercializing innovative technology tackling global problems. We believe our technologies are part of the next generation of solutions for a rapidly expanding multibillion-dollar market, a world where the word drone will soon be the term used to describe old technology. A world where UAVs manufacturers, operators, consumers and legislators will all demand Dotterel on board.

Meet our Team

Mat Rowe
Mat Rowe
Chief Executive Officer

Mat is formally trained in Chemical and Materials Engineering and Biotechnology, has helped lead a number of New Zealand’s most innovative technology companies.

Prior to Dotterel, Mat was a member of the founding team at international biofuels leader, LanzaTech. As the Global R&D Operations Director, he led LanzaTech’s establishment in the United States and multidisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers to deliver on aggressive milestones in locations around the world. Mat is also former R&D Operations Manager of BioConsortia New Zealand.

Shaun Edlin
Chief Operating Officer

Shaun has spent most of his professional life working on the commercialisation of technology, notably as part of the commercial team at renowned biofuels company, LanzaTech, and through helping innovative young companies raise capital through online investment platform, Snowball Effect.

Shaun is passionate about emerging technology and seeing New Zealanders take their innovation to the world.

Shaun Pentecost
Shaun Pentecost
Project and Electrical Lead

Shaun leads project management, electronics and electrical development within Dotterel.

A working background of industrial electronics servicing and problem solving lead to the opportunity to work at LanzaTech, where he gained diverse experience and project mangement skills. These skills are now applied at Dotterel heading our project, electrical and code base development of proprietary active noise filtering solutions.

He is  passionate about the drone industry and the growing number of commercial applications for drones.

Seamus Rowe
Seamus Rowe
Mechatronics Lead

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 at LanzaTech gained him exposure to wide ranging projects from programming to instrumentation installations and laboratory automation.


Dr. Sean Simpson

LanzaTech Founder

Brett O’Riley

Previously CEO ATEED/Deputy CE Ministry of Science and Innovation


Will Barker



Glenn Martin


Ian Rowe

Air New Zealand – Avionics


Shane Arnott



John Humphrey

Business Development

Donald Butts

Harman International


John Best


Our Collaborators