Our difference begins with our people – experts who understand this ancient ingredient and provide our customers with products exceeding their expectations.

Our Masters

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.

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Steve Hindley

BSc (Forestry Science), MBA
General Manager – Forestry

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. 

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Andrew Brown

BSc (Organic Chemistry and Pharmacology), MBA
Head of Research & Development

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.

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Mat Regan

BCompSc, Master of Information Technology
HEAD OF PRODUCTION

Mathew Regan joined Quintis from leading mining technology company IMDEX where he led the digital transformation program of works. With extensive executive management experience in business transformation, strategy, innovation and supply chain optimisation, Mathew has a demonstrated record of turning innovative concepts into commercial realities.

During his eighteen-year tenure at Australia’s largest grain exporter CBH Group, Mathew aided the transformation of the Western Australian grains industry, improving outcomes for both customers and growers.

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KEN ROBSON

BSc (Biology)
Leader - Forestry Research & Development

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.

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Troy Sawyer

BSc (Env Sc), BA Comm Studies, Master Forest Ecosystem Science
Regional Manager

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.

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Judie Barrow

Dip. (Environmental Science), BSc Hons.
Supply Assurance Manager

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.

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Dr. Precila Gonzales

BSc (Forestry Science) Hons., MScience, PhD
Regional Research Forester 

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. 

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Dr Dhanushka (Danny) Hettiarachchi

BPharmSc., Mpharm, MScience (Pharmaceutical Sciences), PhD
Technical Product Specialist

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.

There is more to learn

Our Masters contribute to the difference that is Quintis. Find out how we are leading the world in the ethical and sustainable supply of sandalwood through our research and commitment to understanding this unique ingredient.