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Board and Management

Trevor A Jones - Chairman


Trevor has spent over 30 years working in the finance industry in Australia, United Kingdom and the USA. He has held senior executive positions in investment funds management, stockbroking and corporate finance, and gained a broad experience of capital structuring and capital raising, particularly in the mining sector. Mr Jones was manager of equity portfolios for Shell Australia and National Employers Mutual in the United Kingdom. He was a director of County NatWest Securities Australia Limited for nine years, acting as a senior equity sales representative in London and as co-head of equity capital markets in Australia. For three years he was Director of Corporate Finance with Westpac Institutional Bank, where he assisted with the establishment of Westpac Stockbroking Services and in providing equity capital advice to the bank’s corporate customers.

More recently Mr Jones was the Sydney Chief Executive for Melbourne-based Austock Group and was Chairman of both its Corporate Finance and Investment Management divisions. Since retiring from full-time involvement in the investment banking industry, Mr Jones has personally assisted with the successful financing of a number of mining projects, both in Australia and overseas. He was appointed as a Non-executive Director of SciDev on 28 February 2007 and became Chairman on 1 January 2008.

Lewis Utting - Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer


Lewis joined the SciDev Board in October 2018 as Executive Director and was later appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in early 2019. In this time, Lewis has driven the transformation of SciDev, significantly growing revenues through a focus on profitable organic growth across several sectors. Lewis has over 18 years' experience in Asia, North America, South America, Middle East and Africa across the water treatment and specialty chemicals sectors.

Lewis worked for Ciba from 2005, which was acquired by BASF in 2008 where he worked until 2017 as Global Business Development Manager, Global R&D Project Manager and for the BASF mining business. He has authored and co-authored numerous technical papers and holds several patent applications.

Mr Utting holds a degree in Applied Science and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Simone Watt - Non-Executive Director


Simone joined SciDev in October 2018. She is the Managing Director of Sinoz Chemical and Commodities (Sinoz), a global company supplying reagents and technology-based improvements to the mining and agribusiness industries. Simone is also a director of Kemtec Mineral Processing and Kanins International, which are both part of the Sinoz Group of companies. 

Simone has extensive experience in the areas of strategic sourcing and supplier management, business development and sales and marketing.

Ms Watt has a degree in applied science and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jon Gourlay - Non-Executive Director

CA, BCom

Jon joined SciDev in May 2019. He is currently Technology and Innovation Commercial and IP Manager at Newcrest Mining where he has held previous roles in investor relations and business improvement. Jon has extensive experience in management consulting, business improvement, finance projects and IP management in Australia, PNG and Europe.

Jon has worked in professional services with both Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a Director of luggage company Henty Designs.

Mr Gourlay is a chartered accountant, has a commerce degree (finance and accounting) and graduate diplomas in international relations, investor relations and management.

Dan O'Toole - Non-Executive Director


Dan joined SciDev in February 2021. He brings over 35 years of experience across the Engineering and Consulting sectors, including more than 18 years in executive leadership roles within Coffey International Limited and Pitt & Sherry. 

Dan is currently the Chairman of Viotel Limited, a privately owned company using world-class monitoring technology, focussed on empowering mining, transport and infrastructure businesses in mitigate risks.

Prior to his current position, Dan was the Chief Executive Officer of Pitt & Sherry, one of Australia’s most dynamic consulting engineering companies.  He lead a team of high-calibre professional consultants, servicing the transport infrastructure, mining, energy, industrial, and tourism & recreation market sectors. He also had an extensive career at Coffey International Ltd including 3 years as Chief Executive Officer of Coffey Mining Pty Ltd.  Coffey are experts in geotechnical, environmental, engineering, testing and Client-side project management services, focused on delivering technical excellence to manage complex risks for clients.

Mr O’Toole holds a Bachelor of Geological Engineering (Hons) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Engineers and a member of both Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Heath Roberts - Company Secretary

DipLaw (SAB)

Heath was appointed Company Secretary in 2017. Heath is a commercial solicitor with over 20 years of ASX listed company experience to Executive Director level. His strengths lie in corporate operations and compliance, asset due diligence and acquisitions and equity/debt funding focused on the resources, IT and healthcare sectors. As Company Secretary and then Executive Director of WPG Resources Ltd (2005-13), Heath played a pivotal role in the acquisition of WPG's iron ore assets in South Australia, project permitting/funding and then sale to Arium Ltd for $320 million in 2011.

Mr Roberts holds a DipLaw (SAB) and Grad Dip Legal Practice (UTS).