Our Board

Our Board of Directors

Joseph Vaillancourt



Mr. Vaillancourt is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Agilyx. Mr. Vaillancourt brings more than 25 years of operational, financial, and strategic experience in industrial, environmental and energy innovation and infrastructure development. Throughout his career, Mr. Vaillancourt has led in excess of $2 bil of debt and equity financings as well as M&A activities and has helped commercialize 15 environmental technologies working closely with large strategic companies and private equity firms in the energy and industrial sectors.


Prior to Agilyx, Mr. Vaillancourt spent 15 years at Waste Management where he was one of the founding members of the corporate venturing group responsible for developing new and innovative growth platforms in the environmental, sustainability, solid waste, recycling, energy and cleantech sectors.  Mr. Vaillancourt has also held various roles in founding more than 10 companies in a diverse set of industries.


Mr. Vaillancourt holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Mr. Vaillancourt is an external advisory board member of the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and has held Director positions in over 15 companies.



Ross M. Patten



Mr. Patten is the former Chief Executive Officer of Agilyx. He brings more than thirty-five years of executive experience in the solid waste, wastewater, and waste-to-energy sectors. Most recently, Mr. Patten served as President and Chief Executive Officer of MaxWest Environmental Systems, a leading renewable energy company specializing in wastewater to energy systems.

​Mr. Patten is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Synagro Technologies. During his tenure with Synagro Technologies, he grew the company to become the largest publicly-traded processor of sewage sludge in the United States. Synagro was later sold to the private equity firm, The Carlyle Group, and taken private in 2007. Since 1994, Mr. Patten has also been a Partner of Bedford Capital, a merchant banking and advisory firm with expertise in the waste management and forest product industries. He has also held executive leadership positions with CDR Industries, Resource NE, Browning-Ferris Industries and Wheelabrator Technologies (a division of Waste Management).



Ranjeet Bhatia


Prior to co-founding Saffron Hill Ventures, Mr. Bhatia worked as Advisor to the Chairman of Loot Ltd. where he advised on e-commerce strategy and investment and in a venture capital capacity for Lord Rothschild, evaluating technology venture opportunities. While at Loot he worked closely with business partners and financiers to structure Loot's strategic and financial requirements in preparation for sale. Mr. Bhatia has had a long term interest in environmental technology and policy, and worked in the environment and energy consulting groups at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and Dyncorp-Meridian, and as an intern in Vice President Al Gore's White House Office on Environmental Policy.

Mr. Bhatia earned an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business, an MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA in Environmental Science from Occidental College.



David A. Aardsma


Mr. Aardsma is a strategic sales, marketing, operations C-level executive with over 35 years of experience growing businesses & creating transformational results in both B2B & B2C business environments.

Mr. Aardsma recently served as Executive General Manager of Cleanaway, Australia’s largest waste management company. The Company returned to profitability under his tenure, receiving the 2016 Turnaround Management Association’s (TMA) Turnaround of the Year Award in the large company category. He enhanced productivity by centralizing and galvanizing the sales and marketing functions through upgraded sales management/leadership and a comprehensive segmented customer value proposition program. Prior to Cleanaway, Mr. Aardsma served as Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Waste Management, where he implemented successful customer-focused growth initiatives to extract additional value from the waste stream. Mr. Aardsma also led the expansion of Waste Management’s E-commerce sales channel and the introduction of CRM as well as serving as the President and Director for WM’s wholly-owned company WM Bagco, Inc. (DBA Bagster) and was a Director of Pack Rate.


Mr. Aardsma completed the Tuck School of Business Executive Program at Dartmouth in 2013, and attended Northwestern College and Calvin College.  



Peter Norris


Mr. Norris is Chairman of Virgin Group Holdings Limited, a multinational venture capital firm with holdings in a wide range of industries. He has over 37 years of experience in investment banking and business management. Mr. Norris began his career at Barings in 1976. In 1984, he joined Goldman Sachs, before returning to Barings in 1987 to head the South East Asian advisory operations. Upon returning to London in 1994, he became CEO of Barings Investment Banking Group. Three months after his appointment, the notorious derivatives trading scandal in Singapore was revealed, which brought down the bank. In 1995, Mr. Norris established a corporate finance business, constructed around the needs of a client base of owner-entrepreneurs. In 2007, he merged this business with Quayle Munro Holdings Plc, an AIM listed company and became the CEO of the combined entity. He served in this capacity until the end of 2009, when he resigned his executive position to take the role of Chairman of the Virgin Group. He remains a senior adviser to Quayle Munro. Prior to becoming Chairman of Virgin, Mr. Norris acted as an adviser to the Group from 1996 and had chaired Virgin Active from 2002 to 2007. 


Mr. Norris graduated from Oxford University with a first class degree in Modern History and Modern Languages.  ​



Kevin R. Brine


Mr. Brine serves as Managing Director of Artemis IV, LLC, a private investment partnership and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Coyuchi, Inc., an organic home textile company. Mr. Brine is a former partner and board member of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc., Investment Management and Research. Over his twenty-two-year career at Bernstein, Mr. Brine had senior responsibility for its Private Client Business and the Global Institutional Asset Management Business. He retired when Bernstein was acquired by Alliance Capital, an AXA subsidiary, in 2000. Subsequently he served as a director of Delphi Financial Group Inc. (DFG-NYSE) from July 2004 to May 2012 when Delphi was acquired by Tokio Marine Group. Committed to the non-profit world, Mr. Brine has served as a Trustee for New York University, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Spence School, and as an Overseer for the Weill Cornell Medical College and other charitable foundations. Currently he is the Chairman for NYU’s Dean’s Library Committee and The Epidavros Project, an award-winning documentary film company, and he serves on the Arms and Armor Visiting Committee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 
Mr. Brine has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he studied soil science and South Asian studies. Early in his career he managed a 320-acre organic farm in upstate NY, worked as a soil scientist, and supported himself as welder and blacksmith. Mr. Brine has an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business and an M.A. in English and American Literature from NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science, where he has taught in recent years as an adjunct professor. Co-editor and author of several published books, Mr. Brine’s current book, co-authored with NYU Professor Mary Poovey, Models of Finance, is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press. 



Graeme Burnett



Born and educated in England, Graeme joined Foster Wheeler as a project engineer upon graduating with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering in 1976. Graeme then joined Lindsey Oil Refinery UK in 1980, part of the Total Group. Subsequently he has enjoyed a broad and successful experience in worldwide operations with Total in refining and petrochemicals, ultimately achieving the position of President and CEO of Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA Inc. before taking retirement in July 2013.


Unready for retirement, Graeme accepted a new challenge with Delta Air Lines in August 2013, taking on the responsibility for their global jet fuel supply, as well as assuming the role of Chairman of the Board of Monroe Energy, the refining affiliate owned by Delta.


In November 2013, Graeme was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Business Administration  from Teesside University.


Graeme is married to Rebecca, a native Texan. They have three children and seven grandchildren, and enjoy splitting what little free time they have between the beach and the mountains.