TEAM

Neoz Lighting was founded in 1983 by directors Anne Gothe and Peter Ellis. Our factory and design studio are based in Sydney, Australia.

Mandy Bishop

Global Sales & Solution Specialist

Mandy’s passion for great design, customer relations, and finding solutions made her the perfect choice for the NEOZ team when she joined us in 2018. Born in the UK, she has a background in developmental and social psychology and over a decade of international experience in sales, account management, and client service. When she’s not helping our clients from around the globe, Mandy loves spending time with her two children and pursuing her keen interest in health and well-being.

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Jon Hemming

CEO

Jon came on board NEOZ in 2019 to expand its extensive product portfolio and further refine the customer experience. With nearly two decades of strategic development experience working with fast-growth companies, Jon is passionate about using his expertise to expand NEOZ globally. Jon holds an MBA (Tech) from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and a Post Graduate Degree in Change Management (GDM/GCCM) from Sydney University. In his downtime he enjoys travelling with friends, discovering new technology and listening to live music.

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David Ponnuswamy

Global Sales & Service

David joined NEOZ in 2010 after more than 25 years in the airline, hospitality, and freight forwarding industries. He brings a wealth of experience to the role, understanding both the needs of our client and every last detail of our products and business. David has earned a Diploma in Sales and Marketing and a Certificate in Large Account Management and Social Counselling. He is also studying for a Diploma in Christian Theology and Ministry. David enjoys touring on his motorbike with friends, attending church, and spending time with family.

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Gabriel Tam

Design Manager

Gabriel joined NEOZ in 2005, after completing a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the University of New South Wales. In 2008, Gabriel took a hiatus from NEOZ to study a Master of Vehicle Design from the Royal College of Art in the UK. He went on to work in some of the top design consultancies in London and the global manufacturing hub, Shenzhen, China. In 2013 Gabriel returned as our head designer, where he now manages the design manufacturing process and also serves as a friendly liaison with clients and suppliers. Gabriel is a car enthusiast, loves all things technology, and the proud father of a baby boy.

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Peter Ellis

Managing Director & Co-Founder

Our Managing Director and one of our lighting designers, Peter co-founded NEOZ in Sydney in 1983. His credentials include a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the Sydney College of the Arts and experience as a lighting designer at Planet Lighting and at Pierlite Electrical, as a furniture designer for the NSW Department of Education, and as a freelance industrial designer. When he’s not busy designing our award-winning lamps, Peter enjoys surfing and appreciating the beauty and quality of all things, both natural and man-made, particularly their interaction with light.

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Aquib Fateh

Senior Embedded Systems Engineer

Since joining us early in 2020, Aquib has quickly become an indispensable member of the NEOZ team. As our first senior embedded systems engineer, he designs and develops the control systems of our next-generation smart lamps. His expertise is informed by a Master of Engineering (Information and Communication Systems) from Griffith University in Brisbane and 11 years of experience in embedded systems development, with a focus on high-volume product development. Aquib’s hobbies include bike riding and creating and building Lego Technics.

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Lily Pan

Operational Manager

One of our longest-serving team members, Lily has been with us since 2000. She is the glue that keeps all aspects of our operation running smoothly—by doing everything from ordering parts to managing critical financial aspects of our business. Her credentials include an Advanced Diploma of Accounting from TAFE NSW Australia and an Associate Degree of Accounting from the Open University of China. In her down time, Lily enjoys hiking and reading.

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Tong “Tom” Chen

Shipping

A member of our team since 2015, Tom ensures that our clients always enjoy a seamless shipping experience. He has a Bachelor of Business and over 15 years of experience in general accounting and office administration for wholesale distribution and fashion production. In his free time, Tom loves taking part in online logistics forums and to attend seminars and classes to expand his professional knowledge. He also enjoys database reporting and programming applications in Excel, SQL databases, and Python.

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Michelle Zhang

Accounts

We get hundreds of orders every month. Michelle makes sure they’re processed and shipped, accurately and efficiently. So they get to you fast, no matter where you. She has an Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and before joining NEOZ in 2006, she worked in shipping and dispatch in Hong Kong, and environmental engineering in China.