Our Team | Senior Management & Technical Associates

John Somerville
Chief Financial Officer (BCom, CA)
John is the Chief Financial Officer of Vecco Group. John is a Chartered Accountant and responsible for the financial management of Vecco and corporate compliance. Prior to joining Vecco, John held various financial advisory roles with Mid-Tier accounting firms based in Brisbane, London and the Cayman Islands and with a Big Four accounting firm based in Vancouver. During his 11 years as a Chartered Accountant, John has acquired extensive experience with both SMEs and large, complex groups involving business reviews, performance evaluations, financial modelling and restructurings in industries such as financial services, mining, manufacturing, hospitality and real estate.
Steve Yeardley
Engineer | B Eng (Chem)(Hons), RPEQ)
Steve has 18 years of experience spanning all levels and project phases within the process consulting and operations environment in the oil, gas and alternative fuel sector. Bringing a high level of motivation and the ability to produce and manage quality technical solutions under demanding schedules, Steve’s passion for the development of new technologies has placed him at the forefront of the alternative energy sector supporting innovative organisations and investors.
Jim Schmidt
Technical Director | MBA, B Eng (Chem)(Hons)
Jim has a prolonged successful career working as part of operational organisations within the energy sector. He is a practised Process Engineer and Commissioning Manager with expertise in the development and implementation of new technologies, and start-up of first of a kind industrial plants. Key components of his expertise include assembling and successfully leading diverse teams of specialists including new technology and engineering development, construction completion, commissioning, plant start-up and operations management, on significantly difficult first-of-a-kind, solids and liquids plants. Plant capacities range from pilot to commercial scale in a number of different countries.
Dr Rick Sherritt
Lead Engineer | BSc., MEng, PhD, RPEQ, MIEAust CPEng
Rick is an established technical leader with substantial capabilities in oil shale technology development, process plant design involving energy conversion technologies. His vast knowledge has been acquired over thirty-five years in process technology development in Canada, Australia, USA and Germany, with particular focus on drying, pyrolysis, combustion and gasification of solids such as oil shale, coal, biomass and waste.
Gareth Bramston
Environmental Scientist | BSc (Hons)
Gareth’s is principal of AARC and his background includes over thirteen years environmental management experience in the mining industry. He has project managed a number of major mining projects in Queensland, from the early planning phase through to construction and development. Gareth has successfully delivered environmental approvals at all levels. His particular strengths include government liaison throughout a project’s approval phases, and ongoing support and practical advice for operational mine sites.