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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 is 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

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 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

Admin & Marketing

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

Sheina Murphy
Sheina is experienced in Lean, project and change management. She has the capacity to get people on board with organisational changes, recognising and assisting those struggling to do things differently. She has a financial and administrative background and a degree in visual arts.

Sheina Murphy

Business Architect

Leonie Yann
Leonie began working at Sentient in early 2011 as a 3D Artist. After a 2 year hiatus living in Tokyo, Japan, she returned to Sentient as Project Manager and Minister of Fun in 2017. As Project Manager, Leonie works closely with the development team to manage resources as well as working with and supporting our clients

Leonie Yann

Project Manager and Minister of Fun

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Schofield
Tom is a 3D artist who specialises in modelling, texturing, animation and design for 3D engines such as Unity. He has experience with multiple modelling and texturing software suites. With a keen interest in character and environmental design Tom brings a high level of quality to any project he works on.

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 with over 9 years experience in the industry, Specialising in design, animation and motion graphics, Steve provides experience and expertise on our larger 3D projects specialising in telestrations and motion graphics.

Stephen Langton

3D Artist

Alric Cierlitza
Alric, a graduate of Murdoch University, is one of our Unity Developers, fluent in C++ and C#, HTML, CSS, Java, Javascript and .NET. He is helping to lead the way in our VR Development, specialising in problem solving and debugging code.

Alric Cierlitza

Software Developer

Madeleine James
Madeleine comes from Canberra with a background in app development. Her skills include 3D animation, 3D modelling, motion graphics and video editing development, making her a dynamic and adaptable addition to the Sentient team.

Madeleine James

3D Artist

Aden Bocking
Aden specialities involve debugging code, creating component systems and problem solving.  Aden’s main focus is working on current projects to link site features to real time visualisation.

Aden Bocking

Mechatronics Engineer

Camden Watts
Camden specialises in 3D animation, 3D modelling, video editing with a focus on 3D Sculpting. With his first hand knowledge of plant operations and background in game development he brings an indispensable creativity to the Sentient team.

Camden Watts

3D Artist

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