Meet the Team

Sales

Stephen York

Stephen York

National Sales Manager
Territory Sales | NE VIC / NSW

E: stephen.york@sltec.com.au
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.

Ben Keir

Ben Keir

Horticultural Agronomist
Sunraysia VIC

E: ben.keir@sltec.com.au
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.

Scott Palmer

Scott Palmer

Technical Agronomist
Central & Western Victoria

E: scott.palmer@sltec.com.au
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.

Neil Hinchey

Neil Hinchey

Horticultural Agronomist
Southern VIC / Tasmania

E: neil.hinchey@sltec.com.au
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.

Elsa Gurban

Elsa Gurban

Graduate Horticultural Agronomist
Goulburn Valley

E: elsa.gurban@sltec.com.au

Elsa grew up in Melbourne with two older brothers and a love for the outdoors. She developed an interest in agriculture through many weekends spent visiting family in the Goulburn Valley, and went on to study a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne, majoring in plant and soil sciences. As part of her course, she travelled to the Netherlands, where she studied on exchange at Wageningen University and Research. Now living in Kyabram, Elsa spends her spare time drawing, skateboarding, and going on hikes.

Wade Luke

Wade Luke

Horticultural Agronomist
South Australia / South Western Victoria

E: wade.luke@sltec.com.au
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

Tal Cohen

Tal Cohen

Research Agronomist

E: tal.cohen@sltec.com.au
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

Logistics & Administration

Kayla Harward

Kayla Harward

Customer Service

E: customerservice@sltec.com.au
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.

Mark Herrick

Mark Herrick

Operations Manager

E: operations@sltec.com.au
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.

Cameron Dunn

Cameron Dunn

Technical Coordinator

E: cameron.dunn@sltec.com.au
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.

Qualifications: B.Ag.Sc

Hannah Wicke

Hannah Wicke

Accountant

E: finance@sltec.com.au
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.

Rhonda Purcell

Rhonda Purcell

Administration / Accounts

E: accounts@sltec.com.au
P: 1800 768 224

Rhonda joined the SLTEC Finance Team in 2016, bringing over 30 years of experience working in a wide range of employment from administration to education and finance. Attaining Certificate IV in Business and Certificate IV in Training & Assessment has helped Rhonda achieve goals and support students and co-workers.

Participating in the ongoing business improvement strategies and being the first point of call for accounts/finance queries, Rhonda enjoys solving problems and maintaining a good relationship with all SLTEC customers and stakeholders.

Spending the last 20 years living in Echuca, Rhonda has enjoyed a rural/river lifestyle and all the social and sporting activities the river town has to offer.

Management

Jamie McMaster

Jamie McMaster

Director & Agronomist

E: jamie.mcmaster@sltec.com.au
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