We’re a multidisciplinary team brought together to help build a sustainable future through the power of science

We’re a dispersed team of remote sensing and data scientists, software engineers and designers, and business and communication experts. Our team is based in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia and has worked for NASA and the European Space Agency, through to tech startups, aircraft manufacturers, humanitarian organisations, and academic institutions.

We’re passionate about protecting our marine environment and supporting the people who rely upon it. Our oceans play a critical role in the lives of billions of people around the globe and ocean health is essential to planet health.

Where we’re based

Business Team

Emma Scarlet

Emma Scarlet

Director of People

Emma has been involved with Xerra and Starboard right from the start, initially joining as the Establishment Manager for Xerra. Her business experience and talent with people enables Starboard’s high performing team to continuously thrive.
Heather Deacon

Heather Deacon

Business Development Manager

Heather has a passion for providing customers with the very best value by really getting to the heart of the problems they need to solve. She has a background in aerospace, remote sensing and growing new business, and was most recently working at NZ’s Innovation Agency, Callaghan Innovation.
Sophie Cleal

Sophie Cleal

Office Administrator

Sophie is in her final year of study and is enjoying learning about the human component of businesses and building trust with customers. Her role at Xerra supports the Director of People.
Steve Cotter

Steve Cotter

CEO

Steve is a driven, entrepreneurial and collaborative leader. He brings over 25 years of leadership experience including most recently working as the CEO of GÉANT Association and prior to this as the CEO of REANNZ. Steve has an MBA and Aeronautical Engineering degree and served as an officer and Naval Aviator for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Science team

Dr Andrew Middleditch

Dr Andrew Middleditch

Research Scientist

Andrew is a radar specialist and leads our Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) work. He is an expert in applying SAR data for vessel detection. He’s spent much of his career in ocean radar research and developing signal processing algorithms. His PhD is in Applied Mathematics.
Dr Dave Kelbe

Dr Dave Kelbe

Principal Scientist

Dave is an imaging and remote sensing specialist. He is an expert in geospatial science and satellite imagery processing and has spent time working in this field at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). His PhD is in Imaging Science earning him the Doctoral Dissertation of the Year award for his environmental monitoring research with NASA.
Dr Duncan Steel

Dr Duncan Steel

Principal Research Scientist

Duncan is a specialist in satellite orbital mechanics and has wide experience in the fields of optics and radar. Being an expert in satellite motion Duncan brings a unique perspective to understanding the quality of satellite data generation. His career is vast, and includes publishing over 140 peer reviewed papers. Duncan has a PhD in Physics.
Joseph Corbett

Joseph Corbett

Data Scientist

Joseph is a data science and machine learning expert. He is responsible for designing and implementing machine learning solutions for Starboard. Previous work includes 7 years as a researcher at NASA's Langley Research Center focusing on satellite measurements of climate related data. His experience combines both advanced data science skills and a Masters in Physics.
Dr Moritz Lehmann

Dr Moritz Lehmann

Senior Scientist

Moritz is an oceanographer, marine biologist and remote sensing scientist. He is leading the implementation of the biosecurity models in Starboard and conducts original research to improve biosecurity risk assessments. Moritz is also active on research projects related to satellite remote sensing of aquatic environments. He holds a PhD in Oceanography.
Dr Robert Schafer

Dr Robert Schafer

Principal Research Engineer

Robert has a passion for spatiotemporal analysis and has applied this to build various core algorithms and models in Starboard. He has developed innovative algorithms for calibrating and analysing satellite imagery. He has focused his career on earth science and remote sensing and has a PhD in Physical Science.

Product, engineering and design team

Andy Hovey

Andy Hovey

Head of Product and Design

Andy builds software that is focused on the people using it and the problems it can solve. He is passionate about building products that help people look after our planet. He has previously led teams designing software that’s used by millions of people around the globe at technology companies like Xero and Amazon.
James Player

James Player

Senior Frontend Engineer

James has spent his career crafting beautiful and valuable web experiences. He has led the front-end strategic direction for well-known companies such as Hootsuite Campaigns and Optimal Workshop and particularly enjoys the creativity and excitement that comes with developing new products and services.
Julie Jeon

Julie Jeon

Senior Product Designer

Julie makes products and services work better for people. She’s excited and humbled by the potential for positive impact that building good software can enable, both for the people and our planet. As a design practitioner, she’s led projects and teams in her work with government agencies, Xero, and Trade Me.
Justin Harding

Justin Harding

Senior Software Engineer

Justin has spent over 25 years developing statistical financial and engineering software. Prior to this Justin was a civil engineer. He enjoys developing quality software and is deeply involved in the development of Starboard's complex data structures and layering.
Kelly Rummins

Kelly Rummins

Product Marketing Manager

Kelly has worked in marketing for over 15 years with a strong focus on technology and data throughout. She is passionate about bringing technology and data together to solve problems that support stewardship for the environment.
Laszlo Peter

Laszlo Peter

Senior Software Engineer

Laszlo is a software developer and problem solver. With more than 20 years experience including as Principal Software Engineer at Oracle. He has a unique talent for turning researcher and client needs into effective and efficient technology solutions.
Max Collier

Max Collier

Software Engineer

Max is a recent graduate in Computer Science. During his studies he worked in software development roles involving satellite data processing and interactive GIS systems for end users. He applies his keen interest in optimised algorithms to his work on Starboard.
Simeon Miteff

Simeon Miteff

Senior Software Engineer

Simeon enjoys working with researchers to turn their ideas into products and services that benefit society. He worked at the Berkeley Lab and has worked in research and remote sensing for much of his career. This experience and his understanding of modern application infrastructure is invaluable to Starboard’s ongoing development.
Tama Pugsley

Tama Pugsley

Senior Software Engineer

Tama is excited to be working with our researchers in a shared belief that there are limitless possibilities for turning data into products that have the potential to change the world. Tama’s experience is extensive including leading the development of several start-up applications.