Board of Directors

Nova Pangaea Technologies’ Board of Directors combines extensive global business, technical, and investment experience across broad industries.

John McNeill

Chairman & Investor

35 years of oil and gas experience

International upstream engineering and management roles in Europe, Asia and South America

10 years of global consulting and interim management

Experienced early-stage investor in the energy technology sector

David Pitt-Watson

Director & Investor

Former London MD at Braxton Associates, went on to be CEO of Hermes Focus Asset Management, leading UK activist investor and influencer of governance policy

Fellow, London Business School; Co-Chair UNEP Finance Initiative; Treasurer, Oxfam

Director NESTA, ICGN, Oxford Analytica. Board Advisor, Deloitte

MA (PPE, Oxon), MBA (Stanford)

Wendy Irvin-Braben

Director & Investor

35 years of commercial and contractual experience

Former Vice President and Global Procurement Office at Cap Gemini SA, managing a spend/contracts of 2.5B euros

10 years of management consultancy experience – strategy and supply chain

Chairman of the Board at New International Encounters – an international award-winning theatre and educational company

Sarah Ellerby

Chief Executive Officer

Over 15 years international Executive Board and Advisory Board experience. Multiple CEO roles within energy, natural resources, and manufacturing in the U.S.

Associate Partner at Hanson Family Holdings (formerly Hanson, Plc) and Hon Robert Hanson for over 12 years providing assistance in fundraising, investment, M&A, structuring and new markets.

Sarah has a track record in growth, turnaround, finance, marketing, strategic partnerships, and commercialisation. Leadership & Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Ed Wilson

Director, Investor and Former CEO

Previously CEO of CEL International Ltd, he led their buyout from Courtaulds, grew the company and subsequently sold it to WSP, generating substantial returns for investors.
A civil engineer with 30 years extensive experience of managing chemical plant construction projects to successful completion around the world, including novel process scale-ups. B Tech. MBA (Cranfield), C Eng. MICE

Simon Crabtree

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) Investment Director

Simon is a member of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) – Mercia Equity Team. He is focused on identifying and delivering investments from NPIF Equity and is the primary contact in the Teesside and Humberside regions. Simon’s previous experience includes leadership roles in Johnson Matthey and Davy Process Technology. His experience includes research and development, technology licensing and technology consulting which led to a number of patented commercialised processes for catalyst recovery, natural product conversion and bulk petrochemical manufacture; more recently operations, manufacturing excellence, and strategy development. Simon has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Durham