Our People & Story

Mick Wettenhall & Guy Webb have been working together for over a decade on ways of building their soil carbon with methods like reduced-till, mixed cover crops and experimenting with compost

As Peter is retiring, the research at Sydney University was shut down and nearly lost to the world. Guy and Mick decide to set up an independent not-for-profit research institute to take the work forward. SoilCQuest was born.

 

With support from enthusiastic local farmers, scientists and volunteers the institute started developing the research and validating it in the field with demonstration projects.

Frank joined Mick and Guy as a director of the research institute in 2018. Originally from Amsterdam, Frank came to Australia and became an enthusiastic cattle breeder. Frank has over twenty years of business experience in media production and advertising. Frank has degrees in marketing and business law.

Frank joined Mick and Guy as a director of the research institute in 2018. Originally from Amsterdam, Frank came to Australia and became an enthusiastic cattle breeder. Frank has over twenty years of business experience in media production and advertising. Frank has degrees in marketing and business law.

Guy Webb has been the driving force behind SoilCQuest since it’s launch. It is his grit and determination, that has driven the research institute forward. Guy draws on a strong background in agronomy, and a deep understanding of the scientific principles of soil health, microbiology and sustainable land management. 

Mick Wettenhall is an experienced grazier, and grains and cotton farmer on the Macquarie River near Trangie. He is focussed on how the work of the research institute can be integrated into the wider agricultural system. He believes that agriculture has a major role to play not only in food security but also in sustainable environmental management and climate change mitigation. 

Managing Director SoilCQuest

Guy Webb

Director SoilCQuest

Mick Wettenhall

Director SoilCQuest

Frank Oly

The leadership of  our research institute.

Tegan and Frank, cattle farmers and agronomy clients of Guy, make a short documentary about Soil C Quest, The film wins a string of international awards and starts to build awareness of the work with a wider audience. 

Click here to see the film

Guy heard a talk by Peter McGee a retiring Sydney University professor, about his work on building recalcitrant soil carbon using fungi. Guy, recognises the huge potential of the work and sees an opportunity for it's practical application in conventional agricultural systems

Guy Hudson's career working in clean technology has spanned the globe. While driving through the fields of New South Wales he is introduced to the first solution that gives him hope that we can find our way out of this crisis. He starts spending every spare moment working to grow the project and garner support.

Through a friend, Mick is invited on to the BBC for a 90-second interview. The team doesn't expect much to come of it, but a forward-thinking investor happens to be watching the late-night news and immediately (about 10 minutes after!) contacts the team. They start conversations about investment and ways to build a business that truly combines purpose and profit.

 

In October 2019 the team founded Soil Carbon Co. and made the environment, as represented by the not-for-profit organisation SoilCQuest, the largest shareholder. 

Tegan spent her early career working on the family farm in Bogen Gate, NSW, before building broad experience across national government policy, agricultural research and development, and industry communications. She has a background in agricultural sciences, understands the drivers behind practical agricultural processes and brings a deep understanding of how to pair new them with new technology.

Guy Hudson started his working life on a dairy farm in the south of England. After university, he worked in London on new business models in clean technology and sustainability. Initially in a small social enterprise, and later with corporates, governments and multi-lateral organisations. He has run climate change initiatives with organisations such as the UN, World Bank and World Economic Forum.

From there our team has grown:

Head of Scientific Innovation

Dr Chaudhury

Bioprospecting Lead

Jeremy Bradley

Carbon Specialist 

Adrianna Marchand

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Microbiologist

Dr Neeraj Purushotham

Dr Subashchandrabose

Snr Microbiologist

Supported by the team at our research institute:

Microbiologist 

Dr Ashan Haque

Grace Scott

Microbiology Officer

Co-founder & CEO 

Guy Hudson

Co-founder & CPO

Tegan Nock

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