About Us

Victorian-born founder & CEO Matthew Vaughan established Base Air in 2005 – registered then as ‘Ride and Glide’.
The term ‘BASE’ was coined soon after, as an acronym of ‘Balance and Safety Enhancement.’ Base Air’s initial concept of stabilising heavy vehicles with not one, but two height-control valves, came after consultation with a close-knit community of rural Victorian truck drivers, with the focus being on improving vehicle stability and reducing driver fatigue.

Further development with a dedicated team in the United States from 2016 – 2019 saw dramatic improvement in the Base Air system, with the addition of new cross-flow technology, and refined height-control valves. The introduction and later partnership with global pneumatics manufacturer Camozzi Automation S.p.A. in 2018, led to the creation of the latest patented Base Air technology.

After 15 years of research and development made possible through the backing of loyal Australian shareholders, Base Air was pleased to introduce its product to the Australian heavy vehicle industry in 2020, with full market launch set for early 2021.

Matthew Vaughan

Advisory Board

Ray Martin AM Ray Martin AM BA (Hons), Hon. Litt.D.

Ray has been a journalist for Australian print and television media since 1965.

After serving for a decade as the ABC’s North American correspondent, he joined the Nine Network in 1978, launching the Australian 60 Minutes with Ian Leslie and George Negus. For thirty years, Ray was the face of Nine, hosting Midday, A Current Affair, and Carols by Candlelight, along with federal and state election coverage. In fifty years of journalism, Ray has won five Gold and over twenty Silver Logie Awards – unmatched in Australian television. He has been Chairman of both the Fred Hollows Foundation and the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF). Ray is also Patron of The Humpty Dumpty Foundation, and a Non- Executive Director of the South Sydney Rabbitohs Football Club. In 2011, Ray was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to indigenous Australians, charities, and the media. In 2017, he received a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney, celebrating excellence in Australian journalism.

Ray has been an ardent supporter of Base Air since 2008, aiding the company’s mission of improving the safety of heavy vehicles on Australian roads.

Nigel Renton Nigel Renton MCom, BCom

Nigel has in excess of three decades of deep experience in global investment markets accumulated in London, Tokyo, Singapore, and Sydney at Citibank, Rothschild and Credit Suisse.

In his capacity as head of the complex foreign exchange options trading business at Citibank London, he also advised on risk management and hedging strategies for clients that included Disney, BP, Microsoft, GSAM, Qatar and BHP. In his capacity as founder and head of the Institutional Endowment practice at Credit Suisse, he was responsible for investment management policy and implementation for sovereign wealth, insurance, indigenous, university, medical, charitable and family organisations. As an independent, he represented Citadel to Australian institutional investors.

Nigel serves on the Leadership Council of Social Ventures Australia, the investment committee of Kincoppal Rose Bay and as Chair of the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation Investment Committee.

Aydin H. Harston Aydin H. Harston Ph. D. (Biochemistry), J.D. (Hons), BS

Dr. Harston is a partner at the law firm of Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck.

He has handled well over a thousand patent applications in chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and mechanical fields and handled numerous IP diligence projects including multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company acquisitions and other asset purchase transactions. Dr. Harston has built numerous global patent portfolios covering pharmaceutical, medical device, and mechanical systems and products and has been recognised for his work as a Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Gold (2018-2020) and a Washington, DC Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2017-2020). Aydin has participated in litigation teams representing companies in U.S. Federal district courts and at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Dr. Harston has also represented clients in inter partes review, post grant review, appeal, and re-examination proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Aydin is Co-Chair of the Biotechnology, Healthcare Technology, and Medical Devices Committee of the ABA’s Science & Technology Law Section, and also serves as an editor of BiosimilarsIP.com and Rfemerge.com

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