ABOUT US

JOY in water

We believe clean water is a right, not a privilege. A principle that governs everything we do here at SPEL Stormwater – from the solutions we manufacture to the advice we provide.

A family owned business of over 45 years, we are Australia’s leading Stormwater specialist. Working with councils, engineers and contractors we build risk-free, clean water solutions for the future. Our products and services cater for every project, and our experienced team provide advice and support in sales, delivery, installation and maintenance.

We are the innovators and problem solvers of the industry, with an investment in collaborative research and development that sets the standards for others to follow. Removing contaminants and gross pollutants from water is an ongoing challenge, and finding a cost-effective, high performing solution is our goal. Building a happy, healthy future for you and your family is our purpose.

A Constantly Changing Environment

Most importantly, to provide highly efficient and effective water improvement solutions, we are abreast of the many stringent and constantly changing requirements of water sensitive urban design.

 

Our philosophy of continuous improvement through research also means the team at SPEL is always at the forefront of water quality innovation working with engineers (both environmental and civil) and planners to find unique solutions to real-world challenges.

Experience
Field Testing for Improved Water Quality

Field Testing for Improved Water Quality

We work on high-quality solutions for stormwater pollutant removal. SPEL undertakes ‘proof of concept’ testing in a laboratory to demonstrate a product has potential in controlled, predictable conditions. Our main emphasis then becomes field-testing, ensuring these products will deliver in the real world.

 

The universities are engaged to independently conduct the field testing on all SPEL water quality improvement devices and report on the results.

Innovation
A Constantly Changing Environment

Our Team

At SPEL we’re as passionate about our people as we are about our stormwater. After all, it’s people who make a business great, and we’re no exception.

OK, we might be strict on a few things – respect, humility, sharing cake on your birthday, and putting the empty milk container in the bin, but after that – it’s over to you.

 

We are a team that encourages personal growth and drive, nurtures kindness and support, and fuels creativity and imagination. We’re also pretty keen on sprucing up barista and BBQing skills, and the odd table tennis move. It’s what makes us well rounded.

 

We know what makes this business great. It’s our people and the relationships they continue to build and nurture with you, our customer.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Andy Hornbuckle

General Manager
SPEL Nickname: Buckle
What is Joy in Water to you? Joy in Water is driving up Rainbow Beach and swimming in the pristine perfection of Lake Mckenzie on Fraser Island.
Interests outside of work: Spending quality time with family and friends, preferably by the water, and reading as much as I can to keep learning!


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Cameron Hales

Sales Director
SPEL Nickname: Camo
Hidden SPEL Talent: Probably the world’s worst bass player
SPEL Secret: Actually really like Zoom


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Carl Lassen

CFO
SPEL Nickname: Too old for one!
Hidden SPEL Talent: Can read five different languages plus Australian.
SPEL Secret: Love to travel and meeting different cultures and have visited over 30 countries. Working on increasing number of languages spoken from three to enjoy my travels even more.
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James Hales

Operations Director
SPEL Nickname: Gus
Hidden SPEL Talent: A seriously good fitter
SPEL Secret: Very passionate about finding cheaper, quicker ways to do things without sacrificing on quality


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John Lovett

National Operations Manager
SPEL Nickname: Grandpa
Hidden SPEL Talent: How to stay employed
SPEL Secret: 35 years of them…………
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Lai Adolfo

National Lead Gen Manager
Executive Assistant to AH
SPEL Nickname: Lai
Hidden SPEL Talent: Jack of all trades
SPEL Secret: My fitness routine involves jump rope drills


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Carl Santos

National Estimating
Manager-Client Support
SPEL Nickname: Carlsberg
What is Joy in Water to you? Joy in water for me is snorkling or diving and having a cold one at the beach.
Interests outside of work: Playing basketball, playing the guitar, and travelling with family and friends 


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Stefhan Dwyer

Marketing Manager
SPEL Nickname: Stef
What is Joy in Water to you? Surfing and spear fishing in the tropical waters of the South Pacific with my son and daughter.
Interests outside of work: Surfing the Noosa points with my family, in particular, teaching my 6 year old daughter to ride the waves. I also love cooking and creating new meals with my family, and enjoying a glass of wine at the end of the day.


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NSW/ACT TEAM

André Magar

State Manager
Hidden SPEL Talent: Traveling the globe exploring exotic destinations and indulging in new cuisines
SPEL Secret: I am an adventure seeker at heart


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Andrew
Buggins

BDM
SPEL Nickname: Buggs
Hidden SPEL Talent: Passionate, positive and tirelessly encouraging others to work hard and succeed
SPEL Secret: If I gave it away it would no longer be a secret!


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Henry Ha

Senior Engineer
SPEL Nickname: ADHD
Hidden SPEL Talent: Able to keep secrets
SPEL Secret: See above!


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Jarvis Pederson

Production
Coordinator
SPEL Nickname: Pedro
Hidden SPEL Talent: Innovating and solving problems
SPEL Secret: Proud to help deliver high quality SPEL projects


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John Makin

Senior CAD
Designer
SPEL Nickname: Mehdi
Hidden SPEL Talent: A competitive person, my priority is my goal
SPEL Secret: If I can, find an answer to my 'Why' question
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Phillip Zervos

Senior CAD Designer
Senior CAD Designer

SPEL Nickname: Philosophical
Hidden SPEL Talent: Problem Solving
SPEL Secret: Having many talents!


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Robert Chesterfield

Business Development
Manager
SPEL Nickname: Robbo
Hidden SPEL Talent: Focus, determination and grit
SPEL Secret: I love good quality seafood


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Tom Hales

Sales Support
SPEL Nickname: Don’t think I have one… some of my colleges call me Thom
Hidden SPEL Talent: Persuasive
SPEL Secret: Can’t go a day without a Mrs Macs Pie


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Zaid Ali

Logistic Manager
SPEL Nickname: Zed
Hidden SPEL Talent: Animal lover, for a pet cat and a couple sheep
SPEL Secret: Would prefer to watch live sports over movies. Enjoys road trips, camping and fishing with family and friends.
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Matt Charles

Service Technician
SPEL Nickname: Slinger
Hidden SPEL Talent: I keep calm and get the job done
SPEL Secret: Will do anything if asked nicely
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Alrik Estrada

Estimator
Hidden SPEL Talent: I like discovering new places to eat and drink
SPEL Secret: I wish power naps gave me more power


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Rhoda Tolentino

Research Assistant
SPEL Nickname: Rhoda
Hidden SPEL Talent: I always find a way to do a fantastic job
SPEL Secret: Passionate about food and cooking


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QLD TEAM

Leon Attwood

QLD Team Leader
SPEL Nickname: Lionheart
What is Joy in Water to you? It's discovering an untouched billabong in the heart of the great dividing ranges or enjoying the serenity of the islands off Australia's East Coast.
Interests outside of work: I love all things outdoors and enjoying time with family and friends.


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Chad Wright

QLD Business
Development Manager
SPEL Nickname: Chaddles
What is Joy in Water to you? For me, Joy in Water is diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
Interests outside of work: Spending time with my family and friends on the beaches of South East Queensland.

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Peter Hancock

QLD Business
Development Manager
SPEL Nickname: Dickie Knee
What is Joy in Water to you? Joy in Water for me is when it is in its solid state, cube form, making that beautiful clinking sound in a glass of rum.
Interests outside of work: I love Kayaking and Permaculture.


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Sarah Hornbuckle

Research Analyst

Toby Attwood

Qld Operations

Tom McNaughton

QLD Commissioning
and Maintenance
SPEL Nickname: Young Tom
What is Joy in Water to you? Joy in Water for me is everything about the reef—fishing, snorkelling and watching the beautiful fish.
Interests outside of work: I love exploring Australia.

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Clint Hornbuckle

Production Manager

Bernie Leahy

Manufacturing
Leading Hand

Angela Beltran

Marketing Coordinator
SPEL Nickname: Angela
What is Joy in Water to you? For me, Joy in Water is simply sitting by the beach, watching and listening to the waves.
Interests outside of work: I love watching films and series, and I enjoy cooking.


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Anne Savellano

National Research
Assistant
SPEL Nickname: Anne
What is Joy in Water to you? Joy in Water is the thrill of wavy boat rides and a picnic by the beach with friends and family.
Interests outside of work: Keeping up my childhood pastime of colouring books and spending time outdoors with my family and our dog.


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Oya Casaclang

QLD Research Assistant
SPEL Nickname: Oya
What is Joy in Water to you? Joy in water for me is walking the shores of Boracay while sipping on a choco banana peanut milkshake, playing in the sand with my kids, and enjoying sunsets on the beach. 
Interests outside of work: I love travelling, specifically going to the beach with my family. Philippines has a lot of beautiful beaches. I'm also an avid photographer.


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SA/WA TEAM

Glen Stone

State Manager
State Manager

SPEL nickname: Rolling Stones
Hidden Talent: I love playing acoustic guitar and singing around a bonfire with good friends
SPEL secret: I live by the motto; "It's not over until you say it's over!"

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Tom Wibberley​

Business Development
Manager
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Paul Garcia

Estimator
Hidden Talent: I know where to find cool breeze from an open window, beautiful nature, and good company riding shotgun.
SPEL secret: Long drives and good music is one of my best stress reliever.
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VIC/TAS TEAM

Kurt Jensen

Business Development Manager
SPEL Nickname: My wife calls me honey
Hidden SPEL Talent: Can capture a perfect photo, if I can sit still for long enough
SPEL Secret: I spend my weekends ‘fixing something’ on my ute or going for a drive in said ute


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Lee Parker

Sales Consultant
SPEL Nickname: Lee the Loomster
Hidden SPEL Talent: I can sketch a reasonable likeness of most people
SPEL Secret: I enjoy singing country music, but can't
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Dan Thorp

Business Development Manager
SPEL Nickname: Thorpy
Hidden SPEL Talent: Dual Trade Electrical & Instrumentation Technician
SPEL Secret: I play hockey right handed and cricket left handed.


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Jacob Pettman

Operations Co-Ordinator
Hidden SPEL Talent: My colleagues say I have an amazing eye for detail
SPEL Secret: I enjoy the outdoors, adventure sports and strength training
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David Knight

Product Manager

SPEL Nickname: Teacher
Hidden SPEL Talent: Educating myself in fishing.
SPEL Secret: Long history of teaching cricket
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David Pham

Operations
Manager - Pipe
SPEL Nickname: Still too new to the company to have one!
Hidden SPEL Talent: Nothing is hidden with me!
SPEL Secret: I’ll tell you in a year.
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Pier Salandanan

Estimator
Hidden SPEL Talent: Compelled by Laudato Si’, aims to protect the environment near or far from home
SPEL Secret: I love technology and the environment with a certain knack for adventure.
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Robin Radoc

CAD Designer
SPEL Nickname: Rockin' Robin!
Hidden SPEL Talent: Draftsman of SPEL Stormwater from the Philippines
SPEL Secret: Dad of a 5-year old girl asking for siblings so she can have playmates
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Karen Tapiador

Research Assistant
SPEL Nickname: Karen
Hidden SPEL Talent: I keep things organized
SPEL Secret: Multi-tasker Super Mom


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MAINTENANCE TEAM

Michael Maguire

National Maintenance
Manager
SPEL Nickname: Mike
What is Joy in Water to you? Boating or jetskiing at Moreton Island with family and friends.
Interests outside of work: Playing soccer at my local club and spending quality time with my family.


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Lyn Lumabas

Executive Assistant
SPEL Nickname: Lyn
SPEL Hidden Talent: Multi-tasking and oh! Spinning pen around my fingers.
SPEL Secret: A terrible singer
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Dan Woodford

Qld Maintenance Business
Development Manager
SPEL Nickname: Woody
What is Joy in Water to you? Joy in Water is enjoying the serene waters of Hemmant Quarry Reserve.
Interests outside of work: Going outdooes and discovering Queensland's national parks.


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Oscar Salisbury

Operations & Maintenance
Coordinator
SPEL Nickname: Occo
Hidden SPEL Talent: I love every sport and have soft spot for Melbourne Storm
SPEL Secret: I wish I could go into hibernation in the winter months.


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Michael Kougias

NSW Maintenance Business
Development
Manager
SPEL Nickname: Kougar
Hidden SPEL Talent: Extensive professional background in environmental soil & water remediation
SPEL Secret: Been fishing the NSW coastline since I was a boy.
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Joseph Bautista

National Maintenance
Estimator
Hidden SPEL Talent: Being always full of energy
SPEL Secret: I love outdoor sports and music
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Daniel Tirados

Maintenance Invoicing
Officer
SPEL Nickname: Spaceman Dan
Hidden SPEL Talent: I whip up super spicy food for unsuspecting friends.
SPEL Secret: That's not coffee in my morning mug, it's Coke
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Matt Hockey

SEQ Installation, Scheduling & Maintenance Technician

SPEL Nickname: Matty
Hidden SPEL Talent: Loves anything Country and trained in the arts of archery. Used to play wing for his rugby team but still seems to make the props look small
SPEL Secret: If he had the choice, he would build an entire new country out of SPEL floating wetlands. Master of Wetlands!
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What is Joy in Water?

Whether it’s ice cubes cooling your drink, building sandcastles at the beach or exploring the waterways and estuaries in your kayak, the joy we experience from clean water is precious – and it’s worth fighting for.

 

12 million tonnes of plastic enter our water system each year, killing marine life, impacting our climate and ecosystem, and finding its way into our food and drinking water. Without drastic change, these numbers will continue to rise.

 

Clean water is our right, but we must act now to ensure its future. The joy, laughter and calm we experience depends on it.

What is Joy in Water?

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Research &
Development

We have a strong focus on continuous improvement – constantly developing solutions to deal with the increasing pressures on the environment and its water systems.

In keeping with our commitment to improve the world’s water and wastewater quality, we work with five respected universities – Queensland University of Technology (QUT), University of Sunshine Coast (USC), University of South Australia, Griffith University and University of Warwick (UK). With these establishments we undertake lab and field-testing to confirm product performance. We also work closely with Manly Hydraulics Laboratory in full-scale lab testing of new products.

UNIVERSITY PARTNERS

Research & Development

FIELD TESTING FOR IMPROVED WATER QUALITY

Field Testing for Improved Water Quality

We work on high-quality solutions for stormwater pollutant removal. SPEL undertakes ‘proof of concept’ testing in a laboratory to demonstrate a product has potential in controlled, predictable conditions. Our main emphasis then becomes field-testing, ensuring these products will deliver in the real world.

 

The universities are engaged to independently conduct the field testing on all SPEL water quality improvement devices and report on the results.

A CONSTANTLY CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

A Constantly Changing Environment

Most importantly, to provide highly efficient and effective water improvement solutions, we are abreast of the many stringent and constantly changing requirements of water sensitive urban design.

 

Our philosophy of continuous improvement through research also means the team at SPEL is always at the forefront of water quality innovation working with engineers (both environmental and civil) and planners to find unique solutions to real-world challenges.

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