Our Story.

Our story.

HOSX was created and funded by Metis Design and Engineering, a Team of professional engineers passionate about reducing their impact on the planet and looking for innovative and practical ways to contribute to building a more sustainable world.

When they moved into their new premises, they saw an opportunity to utilise the extra space to build a community of like-minded professional around them. They set up HOSX as a Not-For-Profit organisation and started with a small sustainability co-working space with just a few desks.

HOSX co-location with the Metis DE team provides members with a unique opportunity to connect with professional engineers who are striving to ‘raise the standard’ as they deliver advanced mechanical engineering and technology solutions to their clients.

Since the early days, HOSX has grown and is more than just a co-working space. Although the space has expanded in a larger office, the HOSX members community now extends to anyone interested in working towards achieving the UN SDGs and keen to collaborate and innovate to do so.

Metis Design & Engineering have received awards from the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce and the CitySwitch program for their sustainability leadership.

Our Directors.

Charlie Guilloteau

Charlie is a Chartered Professional Engineer and is the founder and managing director of Metis Design & engineering, a mechanical engineering consultancy based in Fremantle. Charlie’s main occupation is to lead the strategy and development of the Metis DE business.

Charlie is proud of the shared values, culture, and expertise they have developed at Metis DE.  He is always looking for opportunities to raise the standard and improve the sustainability of the company.

Charlie is leading the HOSX project and looks after strategy, business development, community management and partnership.

Steve Douce

Steve is the Technical Director at Metis Design & Engineering and heads the Melbourne Office. Although Steve is not involved in the day to day running of HOSX, he is consulted and involved in any major strategic decision making.

Lucile Bourguet

Lucile is an Energy & Environment Engineer with a long track record in the sustainable energy sector, she also brings experience in inclusion and diversity, and responsible production and consumption. She develops and executes energy transition strategies to meet our global net zero carbon emissions goal. Lucile’s experience spans across multiple reputable organisation such as Sunpower, Western Power, Dupont Sustainable Solutions and GHD. Lucile joined Fortescue Future Industries in 2022.

She is a WA Business News 2022 40under40 winner.

Although Lucile is not involved in the day to day running of HOSX, she is consulted and involved in any major strategic decision making.

Our Team.

Nicola Devonald

HOSX could not function without our dedicated and efficient Space Manager Nicola.

For Nicola, one working day is never the same as the next. She immerses herself in all aspects of administration, front office management, helping members, preparing events, and making sure the co-working space is run smoothly and members are well supported.

Having achieved a BA in Business Studies and Marketing from Cardiff University, it’s no surprise to the team that she has also won awards for her customer service.

Nicola’s super power? You guessed it, high functioning with little sleep!

Aimee Foster

Aimee has joined the HOSX team in early 2022 and has enjoyed the full emersion experience provided by HOSX to date! Coming from a client services role and bringing a diverse background including environmental management and project administration in the conservation and agricultural spaces, Aimee is enjoying the change of scene and being surrounded by likeminded people. Aimee is very motivated by the exciting plans ahead for HOSX.

Our Advisory Board.


Dr Fabiana Tessele

Fabiana holds a Doctorate in Engineering, focussed on resource recovery from wastewater, and is fluent in three languages. Having started her career in Brazil, with a strong academic and technical focus, Fabiana has developed into an accomplished senior leader, holding decision-making positions in her roles with contractors, environmental services companies and multinational engineering consultancy firms. Fabiana now runs her own boutique consultancy firm specialising in integrated water management, wastewater, and resource recovery targeted towards sustainable growth and prosperity, under a Circular Economy approach.




Dr Kate Brooks

Kate’s career has spanned a range of leadership roles in research (astrophysics), site operations, professional development, corporate innovation and stakeholder engagement. She is an experienced people manager, public speaker and an agent for the adoption of Industry4.0 technologies. Now based in Perth, WA, Kate enjoys working across the corporate, research and university sectors. She is passionate about promoting Women in STEM, Startups and cool new tech. Kate loves connecting interesting people to start conversations that generate new ideas.


Andrew Outhwaite

Managing Director of For Blue, at the centre for blue economy innovation in Western Australia. Andrew has previously grown social ventures leading systemic change in WA and UK including: Meshpoints, StartupWA, Pollinators Inc, Goodness Festival and Spark Challenge. His experience as a leader and innovator are complemented by training, qualifications and research combining rigorous scientific inquiry and care for human development. Andrews has worked across regional WA, Scandinavia, UK, Asia, the USA and Canada on various projects with and for Banks, schools, government, sector-specific advocacy and sporting groups to guide their strategy and governance as Director and Chair.


Dr Jennifer Halton

Jennifer is Chief Impact Officer at The Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation in Perth. Jennifer has award-winning expertise in building strategic and commercial partnerships for growth and innovation across higher education, not-for-profit, government, SME & corporate sectors. In addition to unlocking commercial opportunities, Jennifer has built expert network assets with world-leading venture builders and academics to help scale-ups connect, innovate and grow within and beyond the UK SME ecosystem. Also leading research and commercial projects in the UK, Ireland and Australia with global brands, including Facebook, AstraZeneca, ARUP, Matheson, Vodafone and BT. Jennifer holds a PhD in early modern studies, having published and lectured globally in her research field.


Brodie McCulloch

Brodie is the Founder and Managing Director of Spacecubed and passionate about building ecosystems that support people and organisations who are interested in building the future of work. Spacecubed enables positive change through the community through its spaces, programs and platform. Brodie completed a Churchill Fellowship to explore global models for supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the US, Canada, UK, China and Singapore.


Dr Brad Pettitt

Dr Brad Pettitt was elected to the Legislative Council of the WA Parliament in 2021. Until taking up this role in the Upper House of the State Parliament, Brad was the Mayor of the City of Fremantle. He was first elected mayor in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 and 2017. Prior to this Brad was the Dean of the School of Sustainability at Murdoch University. His research and teaching expertise included climate change, international development policy, and sustainability planning. Brad has also previously worked with Oxfam in Cambodia and with the Australian Government Aid Program, AusAID, in Canberra. When not working he likes riding his bike, drinking coffee, and playing with his 4-year-old daughter.

The Hub on SX operates on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk Noongar people, and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.