Our People Behind the Scenes

Our people are dedicated specialists who come together to make SWE the success it is today. Behind the scenes is a team of people who provide input into the management and operations at SWE, because better never stops.
Stephen Leitch

Stephen Leitch

Design Director
B.Hort, Grad Dip Ed (Agriculture)
Stephen Leitch has been designing and project managing pumping and dairy and vineyard irrigation installations in Marlborough for nearly two decades. His focus on excellent design and return on investment for clients is combined with honesty and integrity in his business relationships.

Glen Proffit

Glen Proffit

General Manager
Glen’s our main man when it comes to coordinating service schedules and making sure our projects run smoothly. He monitors quality control and provides technical support to keep everything running smoothly and on time, and helps drive our company philosophy of continual improvement. Glen is the main point of contact for any call-outs or job-related queries.

Erin Lynch

Erin Lynch

Administrator
Erin is the glue that holds us all together and assists in the smooth running of the office. She is likely to be the friendly voice on the other end of the phone when you ring us.

Bonnie Gibson

Bonnie Gibson

Logistics and Administration Assistant
Diploma in Agriculture, Certificate in Farm Management (Level 3), Certificate in Agriculture (Level 3)
Bonnie works closely with Glen and Erin to support our logistics and admin side of the business. She is a really personable, go-getter whose problem-solving skills, initiative and passion for health and safety all add up to a valuable contribution to the team. Her background in agriculture, agronomy and customer service make her well-placed to understand and meet our clients' needs.

Hayden Giles

Hayden Giles

Industrial Electrician
EWRB NZ Practising License, Level 4 Electrical Engineer
Hayden is a key member of our electrical team, bringing to the table experience with new commercial installations, as well as winery maintenance and electrical maintenance for the aquaculture industry. Hayden works hard to deliver state of the art electrical installations and a proactive maintenance and development service.

Johan Nieuwoudt

Johan Nieuwoudt

Field Technician & Electrical Apprentice
Johan has a background in technical support, and is a skilled fault-finder and problem solver. He enjoys fixing problems for our clients, and identifying opportunities for improvements. Johan is a team player with a passion for good customer service and a sharp eye for detail.

Erika Curran

Erika Curran

Design and Application Cadet
Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Postgraduate Course (Planning and Control of Civil Works)
Erika is a "Star in Training". She enjoys working alongside our design team to take the 'big picture' and translate it effectively down into detailed system design for our clients. Erika takes pride in creating innovative solutions - and the execution to make it happen.

Matthew Wearn

Matthew Wearn

Research & Development
Bachelor of Natural Resources Engineering (Hons)
Matthew joined SWE back in 2020 as an intern, and is working on the R&D for some of our 'Smart' services. Matthew is interested in working at the intersection of fluid mechanics and ecological design to provide future-proofed engineering solutions for our clients.

Zak Hayward

Zak Hayward

Systems Integration Engineer
National Certificate Electrical Engineering Level 4, Schneider Electric Alliance Integration Partner
Zak’s wide industry experience includes industrial and commercial projects throughout wineries and vineyards, as well as the marine, industrial, consumer, forestry, mining, recycling and refrigeration fields. His experience in instrumentation, process design, PLC/SCADA software development, electrical design, commissioning and diagnostics is second to none – and he helps us deliver sustainable system solutions for our clients. We call him our 'techs-pert', especially when it comes to automation and architecture.

Jared Silcock

Jared Silcock

Field Technician & Electrical Apprentice
Jared is a highly capable Field Technician at SWE, fully committed to delivering the best for our clients. He has expertise in PLC programming, installation, diagnostics and control system design, programming, and wiring. His proactive, problem-solving approach is highly respected by our team, and invaluable for our clients.

Myles Grinter

Myles Grinter

Security Specialist, Field Technician & Electrical Apprentice
National Certificate in Electrical Engineering Level 2, Licenced Security Technician
Myles is SWE's specialist security technician helping us provide our clients with a full suite of security services - from identifying, designing, installing and servicing security systems - matched to each business' specific needs. Myles has 6 years' experience in security, meaning we can offer full security options to rest homes, schools, forestry operations, farms and vineyards, aquaculture sites and wineries.

Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson

Industrial Electrician and Field Technician
EWRB NZ Practising License, Level 4 Electrical Engineer, Certificates in Automation - CBUS/Control 4/Hills DSC
Mark is an experienced industrial electrician with expertise in installation and diagnostics. Mark has extensive commercial experience including on commercial/industrial communications systems, and data security. Mark likes to think about the big picture for our clients, and takes pride in his 'can do' attitude.

Tony McConaghey

Tony McConaghey

Field Mechanical Engineer
Fitter Welder
Tony is SWE’s fitter/welder and mechanical engineer - with broad experience in engineering, mechanical and heavy diesel industries. Tony can fix pretty well anything; look at it, pull it apart, put it back together and it will work. You might say he’s our resident problem-solver. Tony’s expertise enhances our ability to complete fabrication work in-house.

Tony Mason

Tony Mason

Field Supervisor
Experienced in all types of on-site field work and irrigation installation Tony's strengths include problem solving and his attention to detail, with a special interest in pumping. Tony keeps projects moving, and is a core part of the team assisting existing clients with current projects.

Irmi Watt

Irmi Watt

Environmental Technician
Irmi leads our environmental monitoring efforts and is actively involved with the Te Hoiere / Pelorus Catchment Project. She also heads up our shift project on recycling.

Steve Leslie

Steve Leslie

Field Technician
Steve helps to keep everything running smoothly and on time, and embraces our company philosophy of continual improvement.

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