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Meet The Team

SciDev’s products are backed by expert support from our technical staff, with a combined experience of several decades in the field. We can determine the best chemistry for a particular application and assist customers in optimising dosing and performance on site

Our Team


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. He most recently 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. Lewis has authored and co-authored numerous technical papers and holds several patent applications. He holds a degree in Applied Science and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Heath Roberts

Company Secretary

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 Arrium Ltd for $320 million in 2011. Heath holds a DipLaw (SAB) and Grad Dip Legal Practice (UTS).

John Fehon

Chief Financial Officer

John joined SciDev Limited as CFO in February 2020 with experience in senior financial roles in Australia, Asia, Europe and USA. His industrial finance and operations experience includes global manufacturing, mining and minerals processing, engineering and capital equipment, professional services and security transport operation. John brings with him a proven record in sound financial management, systems and processes, integrating acquisitions, delivering improvements to commercial business processes and strong cash flow management. John holds an MBA from MGSM, a Bachelor of Business, is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kevin Smith

President, Highland Fluid Technology

Kevin, founder and owner of Highland Fluid Technology, creates enterprise value and market positioning through technology as evidenced by his more than 30 patents. In 1986, Kevin founded Clearwater, Inc., a speciality chemical manufacturing company with worldwide sales that was later acquired by Weatherford International. He later became involved in pressure drilling and oilfield chemical services, focussing in upstream oil and gas and unconventional reservoirs. Highland Fluid Technology bought certain assets of Smart Chemical Services to focus on process oilfield fluids. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Kentucky and has travelled widely throughout his career doing business in Russia, India, Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East.

Dr. Jeffrey Zhang

Marketing and Strategy Director

Jeffrey was appointed Marketing and Strategy Director in early 2019. Jeffrey started his career as a mechanical engineer and gradually transformed himself into a material scientist and procurement specialist. He has been working in the marketing industry for chemical reagents and commodities since 2015. Jeffrey's multicultural background and cross-disciplinary knowledge have brought strong product R&D, supply chain, risk management and strategic marketing experience to the role. Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering B.M.E. and PhD of Material Science.

Jamiel Muhor

Business Development

Jamiel joined Scidev in May 2018 and brings with him over 20 years of global experience in the water and mining sectors, working in roles in sales & marketing, business and project development and global key account management. With a process engineering background, he has experience in customised engineering and process solutions bringing innovation to our key customers globally. More recently, Jamiel’s role has expanded into the construction industry where he leads our development in supporting the clay management requirements of key infrastructure projects.

Ben Gill

Technical Director

Ben was appointed Technical Director of SciDev Limited in November 2019 as part of the acquisition of ProSol Australia, a bespoke mining chemicals company founded by Ben in 2013. With 20 years’ experience in water treatment in the mining and industrial sector, Ben brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the SciDev team.

Brad Borham

Industry Manager

Brad joined the team in 2019 and is a tertiary qualified Industrial Chemist with 14 years’ laboratory experience and over 30 years’ experience in the application of coagulants and flocculants to mineral processing, water, wastewater and paper manufacturing industries across Australia and Asia Pacific. Brad has previously worked in a number of sales / account management, business development and technical support roles for large multi-national chemical companies including Ciba Specialty Chemicals (Senior Account Manager), BASF (Senior Technical Solutions Specialist) and Nuoer Chemical Australia (Regional Sales Manager).

Tom Rivett

Engineering Product Manager

Tom joined SciDev towards the end of 2019 and is focussed on further developing the OptiFlox® system. Tom is an experienced engineer having started his career with Rio Tinto at Northparkes, becoming Metallurgy Superintendent before moving to Outotec as Thickener Head of Technical Support and Services. Returning to Parkes, he worked as a Process Engineer for Weir and a Senior Metallurgist for CleanTeq. Tom holds a B.Eng (Mining) from UNSW.

Daan Loohuys

Technical Sales Manager

Daan joined the team in mid-2020 to coordinate the growth of SciDev in Western Australia. Daan has worked extensively through the mining and water treatment industry across Australia, working with customers to solve problems, improve productivity and reduce the cost associated with slurry handling applications. Daan has a passion for sustainability which drives the key outcome of creating more with less. Daan has a keen interest in clay chemistry and rheology, and how these contribute to complex handling challenges as these minerals pass through various processing circuits. Daan’s experience delivers the selection of the optimum treatment program together with ongoing technical assistance to ensure the solution is applied in the best possible way. Daan holds a Bachelor of Science in Extractive Metallurgy and Chemistry from Murdoch University.

Reece Slingsby

Technical Account Manager

Reece joined SciDev as a Technical Account Manager at the end of 2016. He brings with him over 10 years’ experience in the mining and wastewater industries, gained through various positions in mining and industrial wastewater companies such as Ecolab and BASF and managing accounts Australia wide. Reece holds degrees in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Newcastle.

Terry McHugh

Technical Account Manager

Terry McHugh was appointed to the position of Technical Account Manager as part of SciDev’s acquisition of ProSol Australia. Terry has developed a vast array of practical and technical expertise working as a process engineer across industries including water treatment, remediation and mining. Terry has successfully forged strong business relationships with a range of customers who have commended his technical support and hands-on approach to problem-solving. Terry holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical) from the University of Newcastle.

Jack Zhu

Supply Chain Analyst

Jack was appointed Supply Chain Analyst in October 2020.  Jack brings over 15 years experience across consumer electronics, FMCG  and car manufacturer industries. He has extensive experience in delivering supply chain strategies needed to make an organisation more effective in achieving their business goals. He also specialises in Procurement,  Demand and Supply Planning, Inventory Management and International Freight forwarding. He has a Master of Business in Enterprise Resource Planning, and a qualified APICS CPIM.

Jeff Lowe

Production and Warehouse Manager

Jeff was appointed Production and Warehouse Manager at SciDev’s Kings Park manufacturing facilities in December 2018. Prior to this, he worked for Du Pont, a multinational manufacturing company. With 28 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, Jeff brings a depth of knowledge and skills to SciDev.

Amy Daly

Operations Coordinator

Amy was appointed Operations Coordinator in January 2020. Prior to this, she worked with SciDev on a contract basis in administration for 2 ½ years. She has over 20 years’ Executive Assistant and Administration experience and has an Advanced Diploma in Project Management and an Advanced Diploma in Marketing and Communications.