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Our Team

A closer look at our passionate and experienced team
Doug Bester
Doug is the founder of Sentient and has over 30 years of experience in technical operation project delivery and management. His strengths are in customer relations and development as well as technical support.

Doug Bester

Managing Director

Apolon Ivankovic
Apolon has 35 years of experience in commercial software development, developing his first software game at the age of 14. He has been the chief developer for Sentient’s industrial automation software since its inception.

Apolon Ivankovic

Chief Developer

Chris Schleising
Chris is Sentient’s chief engineer and is one of its earliest team members. He involved primarily with the implementation and support of current MacroView SCADA and HMI modules, and development of new projects.

Chris Schleising

Systems Engineer

Chris Hellsten
Chris is an experienced developer who has been programming since he was 12 years old. He was hired by Sentient in 2014 for his detailed understanding of gaming engines at every level.

Chris Hellsten

Lead Software Developer

Clinton Ellard
Clinton has a multitude of artistic skills including modelling, texturing, animation and motion graphics. He has an aptitude for working with hardware and new devices, and has also contributed his 3D skills in game development.

Clinton Ellard

Senior 3D Artist

Catharine Payze
Catharine spent the first half of her career in academia where she gained an extensive knowledge of instructional design and its application to formal learning contexts. She has spent the latter half of her career in business helping small business in the areas of strategy, business improvement and commercial negotiations.

Catharine Payze

Business Improvement Consultant

Mandy Chapman
Mandy has a diverse background of Hospitality and Marketing. She has a passion for customer service and delivering open lines of communication.

Mandy Chapman

Marketing Consultant

Mark Smith
Mark is an experienced 3D Artist who developed a strong interest in games development from a young age. In addition to his role at Sentient, he has also worked as the principal 3D Artist for a local game development company.

Mark Smith

3D Artist

Alek Ivankovic
Alek is a programmer with over 15 years of experience in programming and C# .NET. He has provided innovative work for Sentient and its affiliate company Torq Software for several years.

Alek Ivankovic

Software Developer

Scott Dumaresq
Scott has been involved in the mining sector in Australia for over 15 years. Scott  provides project management support for both our training projects and Plan IT 3D shutdown planning product where he is involved in working with and supporting our clients to animate and visualise their shutdowns.

Scott Dumaresq

Business Development and Plan IT 3D

Scott Bester
Scott has a wide and varied background in project management, software development and elearning. Scott’s main focus is building our elearning packages along with his experience in photo, video and audio editing make him an invaluable addition and resource to the company.

Scott Bester

E-learning Developer

Rieky Barady
Rieky has over 4 years of experience in professional software development at Torq Software. His skills include C# .NET, C and C++

Rieky Barady

Software Developer

Dave Pink
Dave is a Systems Engineer with a career spanning over 25 years in the IT industry. In early 2014 Dave brought his technical abilities to the Sentient team.

Dave Pink

Systems Administrator

Sharad Bhat
Sharad is a Software Developer with 8 years of professional experience with C# and C++. He has developed and maintains a range of Sentient’s industrial automation software products.

Sharad Bhat

Software Developer

Tom Schofield
Tom’s background  includes motion graphics, 3D animation, 3D modelling, video editing and elearning development make him a great addition and support to the Sentient team.

Tom Schofield

3D Artist

Matthew Finch
Matt specialises in the design and development of the majority of our animated projects including 3D animation and modelling, elearning development and video editing. His strong background in design adds value to the design and development of our interactive and animated packages.

Matthew Finch

3D Artist

Stephen Langton
Steve is a 3D artist specialising in design, animation and motion graphics. With over 9 years experience in the industry, Steve provides experience and expertise on our larger 3D projects specialising in telestrations and motion graphics.

Stephen Langton

3D Artist

Alric Cierlitza
Alric specialities involve debugging code, creating component systems and problem solving.  Alric’s main focus is working on current projects solutioning their various bugs and issues.

Alric Cierlitza

Software Developer

Alexandra Haynes
Alex is a 3D artist specialising in the design and development of our eLearning and motion graphics projects. Alex’s strong skills in animation and design enable her to add value to the design of training and communication products and projects.

Alexandra Haynes

E-learning Developer and 3D Artist

Daniel Ang
Dan is a 3D artist that specialises in motion graphics, telestrations and eLearning. Dan’s main focus is the design and developing eLearning packages and communication videos where he can apply his special brand of art and design to create visually rich and engaging training packages and communication videos.

Daniel Ang

E-learning Developer and 3D Artist

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