Meet the team

A team equipped to deliver a vital mission.

Lasso People

Aldous Hicks
Co-Founder, CEO and Board Member

Aldous has over 40 years business experience as a technology and software developer, project manager and mechanical engineer, including developing water and material recycling technology.  

He developed SOHO custom PC database software and prior to that worked with Mannesmann Demag AG a multi-national German mechanical heavy engineering company.

Alison Richardson
Co-founder

Alison holds a Masters of Health Sciences and is passionate about the world of recycling. A former teacher, journalist and sexual health counselor she now dedicates her skills and energies to the Lasso concept and the circular economy.

She travels between Australia and the UK, ensuring Lasso is at the forefront of industry developments, promoting awareness and raising funds.

Denis Ryabtsun
CSO

Denis is an International MBAholder (English/Mandarin) from The Schulich School of Business. His specialization is inbusiness strategy and marketing. He graduated on the Dean's List at the top of his cohort. During his program, he also studied at Beijing University’s Guanghua School of Management.

Denis has over a decade of work experience spanning strategy, research, operations, marketing, sales, and management. His knowledge of four languages and cultures brings Lasso a competitive advantage in future international business affairs.

Philip Sanders
CTO

Phil has over 20 years experience in the field of Product Design and Development working as a Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager.

He worked for Hella Manufacturing as a Design Engineer then a Lead Designer developing automotive lighting solutions primarily for Jaguar and Landrover - before emigrating to Australia in 2007 and spending ten years working for Electrolux as a senior R&D Project Manager.

Dr. Yannick Verbelen
Electronics & Sensors

Dr. Verbelen is an electrical engineer, inventor, and scientist with over 10 years of experience in electronics and circuit design. He has expertise in low power electronics and embedded systems, and invented complementary balanced energy harvesting for which he was awarded a PhD with the highest honours by Brussels University in 2018 and is a senior research associate at the University of Bristol.

Dr. Verbelen has designed over 100 circuit boards, including mixed signal systems, power electronics, digital interfaces, and specialised sensor applications. Aside from his focus on recycling technologies, he also works on nuclear technology, robotics, advanced sensors, and high energy physics, among others.

Robin Verbruggen
Electronics & Sensors

Robin Verbruggen might seem like a young graduate. But at the age of 23 he already started his own business, with his co-founder Dr. Yannick Verbelen. He specialises in (hardware) electronics and rapid prototyping.

Robin Verbruggen graduated in 2018 with  Summa cum laude as an electrical engineer at the Vrij Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium. Besides working as a freelancer Robin works as a part-time lab manager and guest lecturer at the VUB. Where his main focus is to get students ready to design hardware on a profesional level.

eddi
Software & IT

Eddi has more than 10 years experience as full stack software engineer and architect, and over 15 years experience as both musician and audio engineer.

He graduated summa cum laude as software engineer at Erasmushogeschool Brussel where he later became teacher. He specialized as full stack IT solutions architect. His broad knowledge helps startups who are looking to have their ideas converted into reality.

Besides working as IT solutions architect, he practises permaculture on his regenerative farm in the drylands of Spain.

Rod Dix
Engineering & Technical

Rod Dix is a professional and experienced engineer with a broad range of skills in electro-mechanical engineering that covers all forms of manufacturing from metals to plastics/composites and rubbers. Rod is very focused in his work and enjoys understanding the initial project and then turning design concepts into cost efficient solutions for clients by means of innovative design.

Rod sets himself very high standards of integrity and organisation and is equally at home working as part of a team or leading the team as a project manager.

Henry De Rooy
Engineering & Technical

Henry joined the Lasso prototype development team based in Orange NSW in December 2019 bringing 30 years experience in White goods manufacturing to the team. Henry commenced work in 1985 at Email Major Appliances (Electrolux Major Appliances) on the factory production line.

After completing certificate courses in Mechanical and Industrial technology began working his way up through various departments as both an Export Engineer and Technical Service Officer before working in R&D Engineering/Project Management roles developing domestic and imported white goods for the Australian market. When not developing the Lasso prototype Henry has a keen interest in photography, photo restoration and videography.

Neil Scott
Legal

Neil has worked with and been a partner in leading Sydney law firms, a principal in a trans-Tasman corporate advisory and investment banking firm, and is now principal of his own legal practice.

Neil is a past President of the Australia-New Zealand Business Council.

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