Commercial & Water Hygiene
Steve has been in the water industry for over 25 years and having worked for a range of global and local water treatment companies he brings a wealth of knowledge to his role as National Sales Director.
Before joining the HydroChem team, Steve held the position of Sales Director at Hydroflux Utilities and, prior to that, the role of Vice President of Corporate Accounts (Asia Pacific) at Nalco.
In his spare time Steve enjoys wining and dining, fishing, boating, sports and spending time with his family.
Gavin started his journey at HydroChem as a trainee service tech back in 1981 and has since held various roles within the company. From chemical blending, servicing of cooling towers/boilers, alkali/acid cleaning and contracts estimation in the 80s, to service managing in the early 90s, to the role of State Manager for Queensland that he has held since 1993.
In his spare time Gavin enjoys cooking, socialising with family and friends, listening to music, reading SF and playing squash and golf.
Michaela joined HydroChem and entered the water treatment industry in 2014, after 18 years in pharmaceutical development, where she worked with bringing breakthrough medicines to the market. With a strong focus on business development, product management and branding, Michaela brings a commercial understanding to her work with water hygiene in health and commercial water treatment.
When she’s not working, Michaela enjoys camping and hiking, relaxing with films, reading and the occasional spot of binge TV watching. That said, most of her time is spent helping her three girls enjoy their lives and realise their potential.
Tony found his way into the HydroChem family through his previous employer – a steel manufacturing company – that contacted HydroChem to ask for help with some water treatment issues in the 80s. A chemistry major, Tony was offered a position with HydroChem as Senior Chemist in 1987, and hasn’t looked back since.
Over the years Tony has been responsible for the Laboratory & Production operations, product development and the development and implementation of our Quality, OHS and Environment Management Systems.
A bit of a sports fanatic, Tony spends a lot of time watching and participating in cricket (as a qualified umpire), AFL and soccer. When he’s not spending time with his wife and two children, that is.
Before moving to Australia in 2005, Luis worked for various multinational pharmaceutical and chemical companies in his native Argentina. Following a stint as a senior accountant, Luis soon returned to the chemical industry and was recruited to the role of CFO at HydroChem in 2007.
When he’s not working Luis is an avid traveller, eager to discover the beauties of his adoptive country. Other hobbies include reading, watching sports and spending time together with family and friends.
Luda arrived in Australia from Poland in 1966 and started HydroChem together with Neil Duncan in 1977. Originally running the office and lab, Luda’s role gradually changed to be mostly finance focused as the company grew from its original two employees to today’s 180 plus.
These days Luda has swapped full-time work for more time with her four grandchildren, even if her role as Director means she still oversees HydroChem’s finance team and liaises with suppliers and long-term customers.
Christie started her career in the HVAC industry, where she spent over 10 years in various positions, the majority of them being senior management roles. Playing a key advisor role on business mergers and acquisitions has given her extensive skills that she brought with her to HydroChem in 2010.
Outside work Christie keeps busy chasing her two toddlers around or taking the family on outdoor adventures like bike riding, snow skiing and camping.
When Neil and Luda founded HydroChem back in 1977 there were no employees, leaving the pair to do everything from designing product brochures to on-site service, chemical blending, delivery of chemicals and equipment, and client entertaining. As the company expanded, Neil took on the role of Managing Director. Neil retired from full-time work in 2005 but maintains an active role with his finger on the pulse - keeping in touch with staff throughout the country.
In his spare time Neil enjoys being around his family, playing sports – especially golf and lawn bowls – gardening, catching up with friends and travelling.
If you look at old HydroChem polaroids from the 80s you're likely to see Nick somewhere in the background. Not yet out of school, Nick started working in HydroChem’s manufacturing and service departments in the early 1990s.
After completing a double degree in chemistry and law at Monash University, and spending some time in the UK, Nick returned to Australia and HydroChem in 2002. Since then Nick has worked with the Victorian team to open up offices in Sydney, Perth and Darwin before being appointed GM/CEO in 2005.
In his spare time Nick enjoys spending time with his partner and their two sons. While weekend adventures for the most part mean trips to the zoo or local market, Nick still manages to keep up with the Melbourne local music scene, seeing live music as often as he can.
George has been with us at HydroChem for almost 20 years, working across four states and territories. Starting as a service technician, coordinator and team leader in Melbourne, George was later part of establishing HydroChem’s WA Branch, which he headed as State Manager. In the past eight years George’s role has been that of State Manager in SA and, since 2014, also in NT.
George is a keen sports and music fan who enjoys attending concerts and musicals, travel and kicking back at home with his family, cooking up a BBQ or gardening.
Les joined the HydroChem team as a technician on the road in Melbourne in the mid 90s. Quickly working his way into the office, Les soon helped develop ISO Quality System and was providing fledging IT support to all areas of the business. In 2002 Les and his family decided to relocate to Sydney where Les helped set up HydroChem’s Sydney office in 2004.
Away from the office Les enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, eating good food, getting out bush, watching documentaries and dabbling in science.
The very first employee at HydroChem, Greg has been with the company since 1978. Having held various roles over the years his current responsibilities include, amongst other things, corporate management, heading the technical committee and working with product development.
When time permits, Greg enjoys going for a leisurely bike ride, heading out on his trail bike, or getting away from the city in his four-wheel drive.
Mark has held a wide range of positions at HydroChem during his more than 20 years with the company. From Service Technician to Tower Cleaner and Team Leader, Mark entered his role as State Manager in WA in July 2009.
When he’s not at work, Mark enjoys following the Richmond Football Club, travelling, visiting art galleries and indulging in good food and wine.