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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. Discover more about our team.
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.
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, Dr Danny Hettiarachchi, to develop unique combinations to test. He holds a Bachelor in Organic Chemistry & Pharmacology, as well as a Master of Business Administration.
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.
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.
Passing 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 over 20 years, Troy has worked in diverse forest ecosystems in Western Australia, delivering sustainable benefits from managed forests, woodlands and plantations to regional and global communities. His drive to work in and experience unique landscapes and forest ecosystems brought him to Quintis. He uses his operational knowledge in silviculture and harvesting to complement the experience of the Forestry Team and promote the productive growth of Quintis managed plantations.
Philippe is an M.D. and Board-Certified Dermatologist from Nantes University, France.
Philippe has more than 20 years of experience as a dermatologist in the pharma industry, most recently as a member of the executive team at Galderma/Nestlé Skin Health. He has a wealth of experience encompassing early and late-stage developments, scientific communication, and medical affairs. During his career, Philippe has been involved in developing and launching multiple products worldwide, including topical drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. He has submitted more than 100 patents and has published numerous scientific papers.
Philippe currently acts as a consultant to the industry with a particular interest in translational medicine, drugs in orphan indications, natural products, and photoprotection.