Meet The Team
Andrew Hayim De Vries
Founder | Inventor | Director
Andrew is an ecological artist and designer. He has spent the past 40 years as a passionate up-cycler of materials and systems.
In Andrew’s experience with composting over the decades, it became very apparent that there was a real need for innovation in composting, mainly due to the frustrating, ineffective and messy experiences of existing compost systems. Andrew made it his quest to design a solution which could avoid all of the issues experienced with existing systems, and which could be adapted to an array of extreme climatic regions around the world. Through researching and understanding each of these environments and needs, along with a desire to develop a simple, everyday composting system which is stable, consistent and easy to use for any person - came the invention of Subpod.
Andrew continues to devote his energies to developing truly effective, natural and sustainable compost systems for all scales, applications and environments.
His key area of interest is sustainable education, with a particular focus on improving quality of life for Australia’s indigenous communities. He believes that practical, sustainable knowledge, and learning how to compost and grow food, is crucial to society as a whole, especially in environments such as schools, prisons or displaced persons camps.
It’s Andrew’s belief, that "if we can feed the soil, we can feed the world”.
CEO | Director
Saadi Allan was formerly the Head of Marketing with BeeInventive (Flow™ Hive), the company that launched the Northern Rivers beehive invention that took the world by storm on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. In April 2015 the campaign was ranked as the 5th largest campaign in history, reaching $70k in 7 minutes and $12.4 million in 30 days. Saadi headed up the team that won the 2016 D&AD White Pencil at Ad Week, New York which celebrates outstanding work in design and advertising that promotes positive change.
He combines his background of marketing, sales, business strategy and activism with his passion for sustainable business and a deep respect for the earth and a love for poetry.
Chief Science Officer | Director
Ph.D. Biology, A.B. Genetics (Hons)
Peter, a research biologist, having working in the fields of cancer and stem cell biology for 25 years, now researches and applies practical and local methods of carbon capture. He is particularly excited about the synergy of combining vermiculture with biochar to reliably improve long term soil fertility and plant health. He and Andrew collaborate, setting up local biochar production as part of larger scale Subpod™ and Subpod™ Tropic installations.
Dr Howard holds a Bachelor Degree (Hons) from the University of California Berkeley and a PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of California San Diego.
COO | Director
Greg is a passionate innovation start-up specialist with over 20 years’ experience in corporate structuring, commercialising, internationalising and resourcing new Australian technologies.
He mentors and sits on the boards of a number of private and public companies and having been the co-founder of a couple of successful start-ups himself Greg has the empathy, battle scars and experiences to make a difference in taking innovation from idea to commercial success.
Greg has a strong executive management background, was the co-founder of a private equity fund, is an active angel investor and is a retired partner of a successful professional advisory and accounting services company dedicated to working with rapid growth enterprises wanting to go international.
Kathryn brings a wealth of experience and skills to the team, with a diverse background in business administration, project management, Permaculture education and Hawaiian studies. Having also worked in the hospitality scene, she has a natural passion for food and loves helping people to learn how to grow food in their own garden. She and has been involved in the development of Subpod since its inception, supporting Andrew's vision to educate people about composting and bringing subsurface composting to the world.
Kathryn has the essential role of making sure the team at Compost Central has everything they need to get the job done - including food in their belly!
Phil Johnson is a serial entrepreneur with a wealth of knowledge from his extensive experience in the action sports, fashion, consumer electronics, food and beverage, alcohol and homewares industries. He founded his first company when he was 16 and since then has built and sold over 7 companies including Jet Pilot, Rivet, Aerial7 and Arcade Headwear. Phil is a founder of Australia’s latest online success story, Koala Mattress.
Phil has a broad skill set with strengths in brand creation, product design, product development, manufacturing, marketing, sales, distribution, licensing, fundraising and exit strategies. But it’s his innovative ideas, strategic planning and exit strategies that have brought success to his career. He has passion for design and innovation and has a number of patents in categories such as water sports, electronics, fastening systems and audio.
Phil has built a network of global contacts that includes entrepreneurs, sporting legends, fashion icons and rockstars.
Phil believes that his idyllic lifestyle in Brunswick Heads Australia gives his constant inspiration and fuels his creative thinking.
Having worked with startups for over a decade, Ky consults to a wide range of small businesses in different industries across Australia, helping shape their commercial identity and digital presence.
His business, Keep It Frank, supports all aspects of the business startup, from registration, branding and printed media, to website and online store, as well as social media marketing and ongoing business development support.
Ky has been with us from before day one, and currently facilitates all online and social presence, as well as any designed media.
Peter is passionate about soil and this passion can be seen through his thirst for knowledge of compost and soil biology. The amazing world of microbes is something he aims to share through everyday conversation. He believes that understanding soil is key to improving nutrient density in foods, organic waste management and carbon sequestration.
Peter has been educated with The Soil Food Web Institute, a Cert III in Permaculture, an Advanced Diploma in Laboratory Technology and a Bachelor degree in Environmental Science. You can be sure that Peter is always looking to extend his knowledge base through research and experimentation.
With 40 years experience in environmental law, local government, sustainability and media. Michael Mobbs is a true pioneer of sustainable urban living and a composting champion.
His iconic off grid Sydney Sustainable House, a converted inner city terrace has been visited by almost 30,000 people and a model of the house is now on permanent display at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum.
His book Sustainable House has been reprinted 14 time and is used in schools, universities, as well as the design and construction sector.
His second book Sustainable Food turns attention to reducing emissions through sustainable community and backyard food production.
Michael brings to the team a wealth of knowledge, experience and industry connection around the world.