Meet some of the people at Quintis who are helping to produce the world's most reliable supply of natural, ethical and sustainable Indian sandalwood. Our experts are Masters of their craft, pioneers in their field of expertise, and unrelenting in their ongoing research to understand how to work with this beautiful natural product.
Our Masters include sandalwood experts ranging from agronomists and foresters, through to chemists and entomologists. Find out more about our team.
With experience spanning the globe from Ecuador to New Zealand, Singapore and Japan, Steve has managed some of the world's largest plantations. Today, he is responsible for the world's largest Indian sandalwood plantation at Quintis. Steve oversees everything to do with our plantation activities from systems through to management, and coordinates general activities across Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.
For over 28 years, Andrew – known to us as 'AB' – has worked in the distillation of sandalwood. His diverse experience spans the health and beauty, pharmaceutical and brewing industries, making him ideal for our Head of Research and Development role. He often takes our internal teams through 'Oil Odour Mapping' workshops, and is pivotal in our ongoing quest to understand this complex ingredient.
AB conducts internal studies and works with our Product Manager, Danny, to develop unique combinations to test. He holds a Bachelor in Organic Chemistry & Pharmacology, as well as a Master of Business Administration.
You will rarely find Johan in one location as he travels the country managing all things production at Quintis. After 10 years in the timber industry, Johan joined Quintis nearly 20 years ago, significantly influencing our processing and production outputs. He is responsible for the development and implementation of our custom-designed equipment ranging from processing and harvesting machinery.
Approaching his 10-year anniversary with Quintis, Ken is no stranger to sandalwood. With his extensive experience in forestry research, Ken heads up our research and development team on-site at our plantations across Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland. He leads our unique tree breeding program, and with Ken's expertise, we now grow trees with up to 18% greater heartwood yields. He also specialises in plantation irrigation, agroforestry, tree improvement and tropical forestry, helping Quintis improve its activities in sustainability and quality product development.
For 15 years, Matt Barnes has been a part of the Quintis story. From providing agronomic focus to our plantation management, through to the implementation of our drip irrigation system, Matt successfully oversees large-scale system innovations across the Quintis business. Matt relocated to the Northern Territory six years ago to manage our expansion into Queensland as well as managing all of Quintis' forest agronomy to-date.
For the past six years, Karen has implemented manufacturing quality control systems across the Quintis business. Starting her career in the United Kingdom, she has experience in manufacturing, laboratory management and quality assurance through many years of working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnological sectors. Her role sees her managing the QC laboratory, and ensuring Quintis' custom built, 60,000sqm facility meets quality requirements for the manufacture of fragrance, flavour and pharmaceutical grade sandalwood oil.
Danny is a natural products chemist specialising in essential oils and plant lipids with over 15 years of experience in the sandalwood industry. Known affectionately to us as 'Dr. Danny', he is responsible for the development of Quintis products and research into the applications of our incredible products. He serves as the expert witness on sandalwood for the State of Western Australia. Danny is also an adjunct academic at Edith Cowan University, University of Western Australia and Sri Jayewardenepura University.
He holds Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Pharmacy (Pharmacognosy) degrees from Curtin University Australia, a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences from Sri Ramachandra University, India and is a Chartered Chemist of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. He is a member of the Technical Committee of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists and the International Organization for Standardization’s Committee on Essential Oils.
Since 2004, Judie has worked with sandalwood, making her an expert in the production and quality of sandalwood oil. Judie has contributed to significant improvements in procedures across the Quintis business, advancing quality, yield and production schedules for our sandalwood.
She holds a Bachelor of Science, Honours, from Sydney University and has worked as a geologist involved in production and quality control for several leading mining companies.
With a Bachelor of Entomology and Zoology and a Master of Forest Ecosystem Science, Simon is our expert on all things insects. Whilst we have been growing Indian sandalwood for almost 20 years, the species is relatively new in terms of crop research and studies; that's where Simon helps out. His passion is sharing his knowledge and minimising environmental impacts.
Supporting our forestry team for five years, Simon identifies insects found in the plantations and observes the lifecycle of each. He has observed at least 30 significant pests of Indian sandalwood and its hosts in Australia; half of which have not been recorded as pests in other industries.
For almost 30 years, Dr. Precila Gonzales has worked in international forestry. Precila's experience includes significant research from Korea to the Philippines, and a range of her works have been published internationally. In addition, she has extensive experience in plantation carbon sequestration and plantation biomass.
Her specialty in tree physiology and tree growth significantly enhances our forestry capabilities, helping the wider forestry team map, trace and understand the complex species that is Indian sandalwood.