Create, Accelerate, Change

Jet Zero Australia was established in 2021 with plans progressing to develop Australia’s first Alcohol to Jet Fuel (ATJ) facility, taking surplus ethanol production on the east coast of Australia and converting it to Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) via a plant to be built in Queensland.

Australia already holds the most certified organic agricultural land area in the world, producing surplus volumes of sustainable ethanol from agricultural and sugarcane byproducts.

Australia is the second biggest emitter of carbon per capita on domestic air travel and with over half of Australia’s leading companies now committing to net zero targets, the time to act is now.

The Jet Zero Team

We are a ambitious and agile team of industry experts with a wealth of experience across:

Biofuels, Petrochemicals, Engineering, Commercialization, Asset Management, Finance, Infrastructure, Economics, Policy, and more.

Ed Mason

Managing Director

Ed is CEO and Founder of Jet Zero Australia, a biofuel energy company established in 2021 with plans progressing to develop Australia’s first LanzaJet Alcohol to Jet Fuel (ATJ) facility, taking surplus ethanol production from agricultural by-products on the east coast of Australia and converting it to Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) via a plant to be built in Townsville, Queensland.

He was previously Managing Director at HSBC, Renaissance Capital, Bank of America and Royal Bank of Canada and has a Bachelor of Engineering & Computing (Hons) from Monash University and is a Graduate in Corporate Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia.

David Scott

Non-Exec Chairman
Chair of Board & ESG
Venture capital investor with a focus on biofuels. He has experience in building emerging biofuel businesses and supports management by providing advice on strategy. He was founder, investor, and Managing Director of Straw Fuels, a UK based bio-fuel business focused on meeting EU targets for renewable transport fuels. Prior to Straw Fuels, David was Co-Head of Asian Equities at HSBC and Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Rebecca O’Dwyer

Non-Exec Director
Chair of Rem, Audit & Risk
15 years of financial services experience in Australia and the UK, in addition to 4 years as a mining engineer. She worked for 8 years as Senior Mining Analyst with Colonial First State Global Asset Management and 6 years as a sell-side analyst covering resources equities with Morgan Stanley and Investec. Prior to this, she worked for Anglo American. Rebecca is currently a Non Executive Director at Tribeca Global Natural Resources Ltd.

Jonathon Flegg

Non-Exec Director
Chair of Policy
Founder of Freshwater Strategy and was previously Head of Public Policy & Partnerships at CT Group and Associate Director of Infrastructure Advisory & Economics at Deloitte. He is an award-winning senior corporate executive and has advisory experience on $6bn of infrastructure projects, operating concessions and bids. He holds Masters degrees in economic, infrastructure, and energy policy.

Rick Koumouris

Non-Executive Director
34 years with Fluor Corp, a leading multibillion dollar engineering contractor. He has had a distinguished career in engineering and project management and has worked on tough multibillion dollar new technology projects (such as the first High Pressure Acid Leach Project in Australia). He is currently a senior advisor to Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and is assisting the board and Project Manager with decisions in relation to project FEED.

Mac Irvine

Mac was Director at the Clean Energy Finance Corp (CEF) for the past 9 years, leading amongst other things CEFC’s investments in bioenergy and the circular economy. Mac has extensive experience in corporate and project financing, deal structuring, procurement, and strategy and execution, both domestically and internationally across a variety of sectors, including renewable energy, power and utilities, infrastructure and property. In addition to CEFC, Mac previously held roles at Barclays and KPMG in the UK. Mac completed a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Commerce (Finance) at the University of Queensland.

Clare Matthews

General Counsel
Serving as legal authority to the executive leadership team with experience across multiple foreign jurisdictions, strengthening Jet Zero’s risk and compliance frameworks. Clare also champions a continuous improvement approach to building collaborative and effective legal functions that support complex and high growth business environments. She is a solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Federal Court of Australia (current Unrestricted Practising Certificate) and qualified as a Chartered Company Secretary.

Mark Freeman

Finance Director and Company Secretary
A Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience in corporate finance and the resources industry. He has experience in strategic planning, business development, mergers and acquisitions, North American gas commercialisation, and project development general management. Mr Freeman has worked with a number of successful ASX public resource companies.

David Johnston

General Manager
25 years of operational and strategic accountabilities for oil and gas businesses at national, regional, and global levels. David has an extensive background in refining, product sales and the commercialisation challenges of innovative technologies. He was head of downstream oil, refining and supply chain operations in NSW for Shell and worked with the Australian Dept of Defence and Exergen. David has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) from Curtin University and is a Chartered Engineer from the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Neil Gardner

Commercial Manager
20 years experience in the energy industry, having led teams of up to 200 people. He has strong interpersonal skills, an infectious energy, passion for the energy transition, and for achieving net zero. Ex Verbrec, a mid-tier engineering services provider with operations across APAC, and seven years with Arrow Energy (50/50 Shell & CNPC CSG JV) in the role as commercial manager and then senior advisor to the CEO. A further seven years with Shell across Australasia. Neil has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Birmingham.

Jackie Mason

Jackie is experienced in developing sustainability plans for small cap ASX listed companies. She enjoys collaborating with companies and relevant stakeholders to develop their ESG framework in order to achieve their UN SDG’s. She holds a Bachelor of Business and Japanese from Swinburne University in Melbourne and post graduate studies in Business Sustainability Management from Cambridge University, UK.

Andy Fielding

Project Manager
21 years at Woodside Energy managing projects from concept development and analysis, through to project execution management with budgets in excess of AUD$2 billion. Andy was considered one of Woodside’s star project managers, most notably delivering the Greater Western Flank 2 (GWF2) Project 35% under its $3 billion dollar budget and 12 months ahead of schedule.

Michael Pope

Technical Director
38 years with Shell having spent 19 years in refinery technology and operations and 19 years in strategic advisory services. He was most recently involved in SAF projects at refineries at Shell Pernis (greenfield) and Rheinland (gasoil hydrotreater conversion) and helped lead Shell’s R&D efforts in SAF globally.

Adam Douglas

Industrial Manager
Over the past 10 years Adam has been at Wilmar, where he held a role as Regional Operations Manager, in managing the Macknade and Victoria sugar mills, with Victoria Australia’s single largest sugar milling operation. Adam with our senior industrial advisor Doug Sockhill, has been instrumental in shaping the strategy around an upstream industrial portfolio and growing ethanol feedstock. He is a mechanical engineer by background and is based in Townsville.

Ketti Ketmontri

Project Engineer
Ketti has completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Science from the University of New South Wales, majoring in Renewable Energy Engineering and Ecology. She dedicated her thesis to “Sustainable Aviation Fuels: Exploration of Australian Feedstocks under Plasma Gasification”.

She previously worked as a consultant at EnergyLink Services on projects involving energy assessments, emissions modelling and carbon inventories to develop a broad understanding of sustainability, with a deep focus on gasification technologies and sustainable aviation fuels. From that role, she has discovered her passion for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).