Territory Sales | NE VIC / NSW
M: 0407 317 713
Growing up on the family farm in the Southern Riverina, Stephen went on to study Applied Science at Ballarat University. Having worked in the Agricultural sector for over 30 years, Stephen has a strong understanding of the rural business landscape, with a drive for excellence in servicing the customer. Joining SLTEC® in January 2014, Stephen has developed a strong focus in delivering nutrition solutions for a wide range of crop types. In June 2018, Stephen was appointed the role of National Sales Manager. He and his family reside in Yarrawonga, NE Victoria.
M: 0447 317 011
Ben has a Diploma in Production Horticulture and is an Irrigation Australia certified agronomist with diverse experience in soils, nutrition and plant health. Ben joined the SLTEC team in July 2018 and with over 17 years’ experience in Irrigated Horticulture throughout the Sunraysia region.
Central & Western Victoria
M: 0455 400 514
Scott has a bachelor degree in Applied Science (Agriculture). He has been working with specialty and liquid fertilizers for four years, and with SLTEC® since early 2016.
Scott originally comes with a farming background before studying and entering the industry working with a seed company based in Melbourne and then Horsham before returning to Northern Victoria.
Southern VIC / Tasmania
M: 0407 318 813
Neil holds a Bachelor of Science (Resource and Environmental Management) and joins SLTEC in 2019.
Coming from a mixed livestock family farming background in southern NSW, Neil has worked in agriculture for the last five years. His more recent agronomy work has focussed on targeted plant nutrition and fluid fertilisers for different horticultural enterprises. Before this he advised growers and graziers in a mixed farming region in southern NSW and managed greenhouse production for an organic vegetable grower. Neil has a particular interest in working with clients to maximise production through optimising soil and plant health.
South Australia / South Western Victoria
M: 0417 098 713
Wade joins the SLTEC® team with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) and is currently studying a Masters of Business Administration both with the University of Adelaide.
Wade grew up in the Adelaide Hills surrounded by pome, stone fruit and viticulture. Wade has over 15 years management and growing experience in irrigated horticulture, viticulture and row cropping having worked in the Adelaide Hills, Goulburn Valley, Sunraysia and the Riverland. Wade enjoys working with clients to provide practical and science-based solutions combined with sustainable and environmentally friendly outcomes to ensure long term viability and productivity.
Research & Development
P: 0437 317 252
Tal’s interest in plants began in high school when he came across ‘Dangerous Garden’ by David Stuart – a book on the use and abuse of plants by humankind. This led him to explore the plant world further and he completed a Bachelor and Master’s degree in plant physiology at the University of Melbourne. He undertook his research under Prof. Ian Woodrow and Dr. Jason Goodger and wrote his Master’s thesis on the regulation of Eucalypt flavonoid production and the screening of Eucalypts for novel bioactive compounds. This work has been used to help build an Australian industry for these compounds. He also interned in Copenhagen University’s Section for Plant Biochemistry, working with a small team to uncover diterpenoid biosynthetic pathways in some Australian native desert plants.
Tal joined SLTEC in late 2018 as a Research Agronomist and wants to take Australian agriculture to the leading edge of efficiency, science, and sustainability. As the world population is set to exceed 9 billion by 2050, the task of growing more food on the same land is a very real and very exciting challenge. He believes the smart use and delivery of fertilisers and biostimulants will be key and looks forward to developing new and sustainable solutions with SLTEC Fertilizers.
Qualifications: B.Sc, M.Sc
Bhavtaran joined the SLTEC team in early 2022 as a Research Agronomist with a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences with Honours in Horticulture from Punjab Agricultural University, India and Master of Agricultural Sciences from the University of Melbourne. He undertook his master’s research under the supervision of Dr Dorin Gupta (Senior Lecturer). He wrote his thesis on ‘Widening the genetic pool of cultivated lentils through inter-specific hybridisation with wild lentils to enhance the drought tolerance.’ Recently, he has been working with contract research organisations as a Field Research Scientist to evaluate Agrochemicals for their safety, efficacy and residues in broadacre and horticultural crops. As his master’s research was a part of a sustainable agriculture project of his supervisor, this led him to start working with SLTEC to find and evaluate sustainable solutions for soil and plant health.
Logistics & Administration
P: 1800 768 224
As the elder of 2 girls, Kayla grew up in Melbourne and attended Beacon Hills College, Berwick. Kayla enjoyed a successful campaign in competition water-skiing, culminating in selection for the Junior World Titles. After completing Year 12, she continued her studies at Latrobe University at Bendigo.
Working as Customer Service/Admin in the propagation industry for some years in Melbourne, she decided it was time for a sea change. Kayla’s competitive water-skiing background and her love for a rural lifestyle inspired her to relocate to her favourite holiday destination, which has then lead her to the SLTEC team, sharing her background in scheduling, administration and customer service. Kayla’s communication and attention to detail has certainly been a highlight of her time at SLTEC Fertilizers.
P: 1800 768 224
Mark grew up in Wheelers Hill and attended De La Salle College. After completing his apprenticeship in Industrial Instrumentation, he moved into technical engineering sales with Eurotherm Aust P/L specialising in temperature & process control in support of a number of large Australian chemical & plastics manufacturers.
In 1996 Mark, with his wife Jan and first child Shaun, began a career in dairy farming in Gippsland before purchasing a farm in Kyabram where the family still resides.
Over the past 12 years, Mark has resumed his career in both maintenance & management of cool rooms and warehousing in Shepparton. This led to roles in the Business Management of two major transport companies in the Goulburn Valley where he enjoyed the partnership of a number of major production and retail corporations.
Mark is married to Jan, has three adult children and five grandchildren. He has been a member of both football, cricket & golf clubs and was an active member and coach at Kyabram Football & Netball Club. He now enjoys his time with his grandchildren, camping and quiet time in his workshop.
M: 0407 317 242
Cameron grew up in Shepparton and developed an interest in science and agriculture. Cameron holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Charles Sturt University majoring in agronomy.
While at university he worked for Exxon Mobil, involved in Aircraft refuelling in Albury, NSW. Additionally, Cameron helped drive jet fuel tankers, refuelling the Ericson sky cranes in Sydney during the bushfire seasons over summer breaks.
Once he graduated from university, he worked for his family company in Shepparton before joining SLTEC in 2013 as an agronomist in the Goulburn Valley.
Since joining SLTEC, he has had a variety of roles including Agronomist, Logistics Coordinator, Operations Manager, and most recently taking on the role of Technical Manager. In his role as Technical Manager, Cameron coordinates SLTECs formulations, Quality Assurance, Compliance and works on integrating R&D products into full production.
P: 1800 768 224
Joining the SLTEC team in 2020, Hannah is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Accounting from La Trobe University and has over 10 years experience ranging from business advisory in public practice to financial controller positions in large corporates. Spending most of her career in Melbourne, Hannah decided it was time for a river change and moved to Rochester to enjoy more time with her horses, dog, dirt bikes and wakeboard. Hannah is excited to immerse herself in the agricultural industry and work to solve the unique challenges it presents.
M: 0407 317 288
Jamie is the CEO and founder of SLTEC Fertilizers, one of Australia’s most progressive fluid fertilizer companies. Since its inception in 2005, SLTEC has experienced significant growth and developed over 700 different proprietary formulations, building a solid customer base across the Eastern Seaboard of Australia in agriculture, turf and hydroponic marketplaces.
His role in developing SLTEC has enabled his passion for business development, agriculture, soil science, nutrition and irrigation to combine in a very new and innovative industry. SLTEC is now focused on researching and developing nutritional, biostimulant and soil amendment products from renewable and recycled ingredients.
Jamie has also specialized in the development and implementation of Environmental Monitoring and Management Systems along with conducting research into Sustainable Agriculture Systems. He has worked in both the Irrigation, Fertilizer and Agricultural Chemical Industry over the past 30 years and brings experience in project management, EMS, Agronomy, Irrigation and Fertilizer Management. He has worked extensively across Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, USA, UK and Greece with Multinational Food and Wine Companies and Industry Sectors, focusing on Corporate and Primary Producer Sustainability.
Technical Focus: Soil Science, Irrigation Design and Management, Fertilizer Technology & Nutrition, Environmental Management, Auditing.
Qualifications: B.App.Sc.(Ag), M.Ag, CPSS, CPAg