Board and management

Trevor A Jones

Chairman

BCom

Mr Jones 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

Executive Director

BAppSc

Lewis joined the SciDev Board in October 2018. He has over 15 years global experience in the water treatment, mining and chemical industries.

Lewis began his career in 2001 with Buckman Laboratories, moving to Hercules Chemicals, then in 2005 to Ciba, specifically to work in the water treatment and mining sector. Ciba was acquired by BASF in 2008, where he rapidly progressed becoming Business Development Manager for Australia, Asia Pacific Business Development Manager, and finally the Global R&D Project Manager and Global Business  Development Manager for the Mining Solutions business.

During his career, Lewis has managed multidisciplinary and multicultural virtual global teams in a number of countries, being accountable for rolled up, global top line sales targets. Lewis has successfully negotiated licence agreements, take or pay arrangements, technology divestment, and commissioned research with both consulting firms and academia in support of new technology development.

Lewis has also developed significant technical expertise in the field of solids liquid separation. He has authored and co-authored several technical papers and also holds a patent application in the area of tailings (mining waste) disposal. Lewis studied environmental engineering, business strategy and project management and holds a degree in applied science and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Simone Watt

Non-executive Director

BAppSc

Simone Watt 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. Ms Watt is also a director of Kemtec Mineral Processing and Kanins International, which are both part of the Sinoz Group of companies.

Ms Watt has extensive experience in the areas of strategic sourcing and supplier management, business development and sales and marketing. She holds a degree in applied science and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Heath Roberts

Company Secretary

DipLaw (SAB)

Mr Roberts is a commercial solicitor with over 20 years of ASX listed company experience, to Executive Director level.  He has particular strength 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 then Executive Director of WPG Resources Ltd (2005–13), Mr Roberts played a pivotal role in the acquisition of WPG’s iron ore assets in South Australia, project permitting/funding then sale to Arrium Ltd for $320 million in 2011. He has acted as Company Secretary and/or Director for numerous ASX listed and private companies and was previously Secretary of the Sydney Kings Basketball team.

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