Meet your DroneMates


DroneMate was formed in 2015, providing aerial services that included, aerial video/photography, 3D modelling of land for quarrying, stockpile estimation, mining, construction, other earthworks and forestry mapping.  In 2016 John Bampfylde came on board as a new business director and co-owner of DroneMate. We then expanded into the agricultural sector forming a deep relationship with Sentera, a global leader in sensor technology, while growing our services in agricultural plant health surveying.


We’re a core team of five:

Geoff Sherlock, Director and co-owner.  With a BRP Hons, Geoff started Sherlock Landscaping in 2007 and has built it up to be one of the largest privately-owned landscaping business in Nelson Tasman.  As an experienced businessman and landscaper, he saw the potential for UAV capabilities across many sectors and has been a leading exponent of the technology for many years.

John Bampfylde, Director and co-owner.  With an MBA and BSc, John has over 30 years commercial experience in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand.  Initially a geologist in West Africa and on oil rigs, he has traded in commodity and financial markets and was a core team member of the NZ electricity market implementation in 1995, before becoming a management consultant and risk manager focusing on energy and inter-connected complex systems.  A keen private pilot with a PPL(A), he built his own aircraft and consulted with Airways Corporation prior to moving to Nelson in 2015.  John is an RPAS certified Part 102 pilot.

Jonathan Lopardo, Chief Pilot and Operations Manager.  Formally a specialist with the US Army’s 101 Airborne division and 88th regional support, Johnny had a career in crown and bridge manufacturing and quality control for dental laboratories before moving to New Zealand in 2015.  A lifelong operator and exponent of radio controlled aircraft, he has been full time in the use of UAVs and mapping since 2014 and is highly regarded in the RPAS industry in New Zealand.  Johnny is an RPAS certified Part 102 pilot and AMA member since 1994.

Thomas Connor, Pilot and IT Manager.  Thomas is a Nelsonian whose video work is widely respected and viewed in NZ and on overseas media and TV.  A keen advocate of videography and technology, Thomas was a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) 04/14 (2 Platoon – Woodhouse Class) and is a search and rescue volunteer.  Thomas is an RPAS certified Part 102 pilot.

Sheree Sherlock, Marketing Manager and Administration.  Sheree is a Graphic Designer with 20 years of experience in all forms of marketing and promotional materials.  Sheree is responsible for creating and maintaining the DroneMate brand along with many other well-known brands.