About Us

Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission at WaterUps from DownUnder is to use our core skills and innovation to continue to provide improved green space and plant watering systems. In doing so, we hope to help reduce water waste, get best value from this valuable resource and improve the health, quality and output of plants in a range of urban and rural environments.

Our Vision is for WaterUps from DownUnder to make a sustainable and healthy lifestyle more possible, by enabling you to ‘grow your own’ food more easily, and to conserve precious water and save your valuable time in the growing of plants generally.

Our People

Ian Collins

Ian Collins

Director, Finance & Administration
Ian grew up on an orchard near Orange in NSW where his father was one of the early pioneers in organic farming in the early 1970’s. He has continued his interest in agriculture and, after a long career in banking, decided to focus on urban horticulture. Ian co-founded WaterUps® with Vince Hunt in 2014.
Vince Hunt

Vince Hunt

Director, Research & Design
Vince’s passion for gardening is evidenced by his background of over 40 years in urban and rural landscaping and garden design. He has also developed two boutique nurseries and is a practising Permaculture Designer. Vince’s environmental connection has seen the development of efficient water use methods as a key driver in his journey.
Bob Stevenson

Bob Stevenson

Director, Enterprise & Business Development
Bob plays a key role in the sales and operational management of our company and as an amateur chef and keen gardener for many years, Bob loves to grow and use his own fresh produce. He is a member of the executive committee of the Australian Association for Environmental Education NSW (AAEE) and also has a strong commitment to sustainability and environmental issues.

Michael Hort

Michael Hort

Director, Industrial Design
Michael is a qualified mechanical engineer and industrial designer, and holds a postgraduate qualification in biomedical engineering. He has over 30 years of experience in industrial design, working with some of the leading Sydney consultancies before setting up his own practice in 2003.
Leanne Poynter

Leanne Poynter

Office Administration Manager
Leanne worked in a nursery while at school and loved it. She is excited to be back in the industry.  Her organisational and administration skills allow us confidence that the back office and support functions are under control. Leanne also manages the order processing systems to ensure your orders arrive in a timely and accurate manner.
Angela Bricknell

Angela Bricknell

Research & Soil Science
Angela brings her skills of science and microbiology from her career as a medical scientist to the area of research and development for WaterUps®. A nutrition farming course focusing on Soil Science inspires her to grow nutrient dense organic food with her partner Vince on their farm.

Affiliations

AAEE NSW

AAEE NSW

AAEE NSW is the NSW chapter of the national peak professional association for environmental educators in Australia. AAEE NSW supports education for sustainability in NSW, in keeping with the three major roles of AAEE:

    • promoting the most extensive and effective use of education and engagement to help people live more sustainably and protect and enhance the local environment;
    • supporting its members and others in the sector via professional development; and
    • building greater strength in local networks that facilitate collaboration and skill sharing.
LNA Masters Landscapers Association

LNA Masters Landscapers Association

The LNA Masters Landscapers Association was formed in 1979 with an aim to raise the public perception of the Landscape Industry via increased quality in landscape construction works. Instrumental in the development of the first and then subsequent tailored and now nationally recognised landscape specific trade and diploma courses, LNA Masters Landscapers Association is enmeshed in governmental dialogue in furthering career paths for young industry professionals.