Murray Mcewan Syft Technologies CTO

Dr. Murray McEwan

FRSNZ, MSc(Hons), PhD

Founding Professor

Murray was Professor of Chemistry at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch until 2010. His research interests were centred on selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS) and he developed strong research links with colleagues at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, USA investigating ion molecule chemistry of interstellar and planetary atmospheres.

When the University of Canterbury commercialized the technology with the formation of Syft Technologies Ltd in 2002, Murray served as Chief Technology Officer of the new company.

Since then he has been heavily involved with the transformation of the large laboratory based instrument into the small, sophisticated Voice instruments that are available today. He has continued with ion-molecule chemistry, method development, environmental applications and negative reagent ions.

Doug Hastie Syft Technologies CEO

Doug Hastie

BE(Hons), MBA

Managing Director

Doug completed his honours degree in Engineering from the University of Auckland in 1988 and an MBA from Yale University in 2000. He completed Engineering projects on the Channel Tunnel in the UK, Disneyland Paris and various Burger Kings in New Zealand.

He worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and in Private Equity for Stonebridge Partners in New York. Since returning to New Zealand Doug created the Chanui Tea & Biscuit Brand.

Since joining Syft in 2012, Doug has been instrumental in commercialising the fantastic technology developed here at Syft and putting us on the map.

Nicole Robinson

BCom, CA

Chief Financial Officer
Daniel Milligan Syft Technologies Director - Engineering and Development

Dr. Daniel Milligan

BSc(Hons), PhD

Chief Technology Officer
Barry Prince Syft Technologies Director - Global Sales

Dr. Barry Prince

BSc(Hons), PhD

Principal Scientist / Consultant
Paul Wilson

Dr. Paul Wilson

BSc(Hons), LLb, PhD

Principal Scientist / Consultant
Vaughan Langford Syft Technologies Director - Applications & Marketing

Dr. Vaughan Langford

BSc(Hons), PhD

Principal Scientist / Consultant

Daniel Glassenbury Syft Technologies Production Manager

Dan Glassenbury


Production Manager
Yan Li Syft Technologies Application Specialist

Yan Li

B.Sc, ME

Sales Manager
Diandree Padayachee Syft Technologies Applications Specialist

Dr. Diandree Padayachee

BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD

Applications Manager
Jing Ma

Dr. Jing Ma

BSc(Hons), PhD

Applications Scientist
Application Scientist Kalib Bell

Dr. Kalib Bell

BE(Hons), PhD

Applications Scientist

Kostya Kartavenda

Dr. Kostya Kartavenka

BSc, PhD

Applications Scientist
Yadong Wang

Dr. Yadong Wang

B.Tech(Hons), PhD

Semiconductor Technical Specialist
Topher Hurley

Topher Hurley

BSc, MSc

Semiconductor Technical Specialist
Application Scientist Helena Barnes

Helena Barnes


Semiconductor Technical Specialist

Helena grew up in Auckland and relocated to Christchurch in 2013, graduating from the University of Canterbury in 2017 with a BSc specializing in physics and physical chemistry. After completing a 3 month development internship, she has joined Syft in a full time Technical Sales and Applications role in February 2017.

Helena has some experience in analytical chemistry, and she especially likes to see how the current SIFT-MS technology can be used in new, innovative ways to provide customers with solutions to hard problems. She does not specialize in a certain area, but has interest both in the environmental and semiconductor applications.

Aside from work, Helena enjoys the outdoors and is an avid runner.

Raj Parthi PhD

Dr. Raj Parthipan


Environmental Technical Specialist

William Kerr Application Scientist

Dr. Will Kerr

BSc(Hons), PhD

Environmental Technical Specialist

Dr. Caleb Allpress


Technical Specialist

Hamish Lamotte

BA(Cantab), MSci (Cantab)

Technical Specialist

Emma Taylor


Support Manager
Application Scientist Clarrence Molinyawe

Clarrence Molinyawe

BSc, PGDipSci, MSc

Support Engineer

Tim Jessup


Support Engineer

Benjamin Washington-Yule


Support Engineer