Our Staff

Chris Hinks

Chris Hinks

Regional Sales & Marketing Manager, South East Australia

After eight years working for Landmark in Western Victoria followed by twelve years with Tru-Test in Northern Victoria, Chris has joined Practical Systems in the role of the Sales and Marketing Manager for South East Australia.Chris, his wife Jo, and their three children live in Echuca, Victoria.


Vernon van Duijnhoven

Senior Developer

Vernon van Duijnhoven started with Practical Systems in March 2001 and has in that time been involved in the development of all of Practical Systems software products. 

Vernon has been developing software for over 25 years and has previously been in software engineering roles in the laboratory automation and radio telemetry systems fields.

His role covers all aspects of the software development from the initial product design, right through to product release and ongoing maintenance and support. 

He enjoys the diversity and challenges that working for a small software company provides.

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Robert Powell

Stockbook Consultant

Rob grew up on mixed family farm at Coolah. After it was sold in 1980, he managed properties for a few years and then set up a Livestock contracting business, Coolah Stock Services in 1985, specialising in footrot eradication. Rob moved to Hamilton, Victoria in 1996 to promote the use of a footrot product called Radicate in Victoria, NSW and Tasmania.

Rob moved to Armidale in 2001 when there was a major footrot outbreak in the New England.

Rob was contracted to AWI to develop an alternative to mulesing from 2004 to 2009.

In 2010 he started data management for Stockbook clients and in November 2014 started work as a Stockbook consultant for Practical Systems.


Dale Curtis

Software Manager

Dale has been developing computer software for over 35 years, most of which has been in the agricultural sector.

Applications range from single-user desktop systems through to large-scale client-server systems that have international exposure, both via dedicated software and internet browser-based access.

He has consulted to UN projects.

Dale was previously a director of Practical Systems for 7 years.  He has now returned to the company fold, eager to apply his skills and experience, and to enjoy the benefits of direct involvement that a smaller business offers.

Dale has a wife and 3 grown-up children. He enjoys music, cycling and bush-walking.

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Leah Habib

User Interface Designer

Leah has a passion for design. It’s a passion that she honed since completing her studies in 2002, and working in London and Brisbane on brands such as Sony, Ubet and the Lott. She has spent the last years transitioning from the traditional Designer to User Interface Designer. A real stickler for accuracy and efficiency, Leah is just the kind of fusspot you want overseeing your Product Design. Her work ranges from defining visual design to mapping out meaningful, user centred experiences for people to enjoy. She plans on studying User Experience Design further in the future.

When she’s is not adding her creative flair to design engagement or renovating her house, you can find her at home with her hubby and dog, drinking a glass of red.  

Sean Smith

Sean Smith

Software Developer

Sean began working at Practical Systems in 2008 as a full time member of the Support Team. After living in Queenland for a year in 2012, Sean returned to Practical Systems working in the role of programming and software development.

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Peter Freak

Software Developer

Peter joined the Practical Systems team as a software developer in April 2016 after having graduated from University of New England with an Advanced Diploma in The Sciences and Deakin University with a Bachelor of Information Technology.  Peter has previously developed applications for teaching financial literacy in secondary schools

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Tony Ewen

Software Developer

Tony started developing computer software professionally in 1990, firstly in the cotton industry, then later moved to Sydney to specialise in web-based systems.

He has developed systems across a broad range of technologies and industries - from news outlets, to banks, accountancy software to explosives, and even gaming machine licensing.

He led the team that built the first online mobile phone sales system, and has also built mobile phone apps that are in the Play Store and the App Store.

After leaving Sydney he joined Practical Systems in 2015 bringing his skills and experience with him.

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Luke Franklin

Software Developer

Luke joined the team in March 2014 and whilst now trained in technology, he grew up in a rural setting and has experience working with dairy cattle. Previous to this new role Luke ran his own web development business and brings these online skills to new projects at Practical Systems.


Julie Hayes

Finance Officer

Julie is responsible for maintaining the company’s financial administration. Julie and her husband Trevor owned and managed the local supermarket and liquor store in Uralla for 19 years.

Julie is actively involved with the Uralla community and more specifically with Youth Ministry and has done so for many years. Julie and Trevor have five children and five grandchildren yet she still finds time to attend art classes.


Wendy Griffiths

Office Administrator

Wendy is a local Armidale girl who has been part of the Practical Systems team since April 2009. Prior to this time, Wendy worked as a music teacher in both classroom and individual environments.
Wendy’s role as Office Administrator is as broad as the title. She ensures that everything behind the scenes operates smoothly by assertively encouraging (nagging) everyone else.
Wendy is a birthday and baking enthusiast, insisting on making cakes throughout the year to celebrate birthdays and every other event possible. This consequently led to the Practical Systems Great Weight Debate which failed miserably as the participating staff preferred to eat cake not carrots.
When Wendy is not baking or studying new recipes she plays double bass in two bands, teaches cello, dabbles in gardening, and is striving towards world domination with her family of chickens – Queenie, Hazel, Maple, Lulu, Cupcake, Poe, Agatha and Stella.