Key Staff Members

Our Staff

Rick Hughes
Rick Hughes
Managing Director / Principal Consultant

Microanalysis is the brainchild of Rick Hughes. After spending 15 years managing CSIRO’s Particle Analysis Service at Waterford, he saw the need for a commercial particulate characterisation laboratory that offers value adding consultancy, accurate results and expedient turnaround times. Rick graduated from Robert Gordon University with Honours in Physics. He has over 27 years’ experience in the industry in all facets of particulate characterisation and sizing. He specialises in forensic particulate science, assisting clients from a broad spectrum of areas to identify and understand their particulate matter and how this impacts on their processes. Over the last 5 years Rick has equipped the laboratory with state of the art instruments and nurtured a team of exceptional and dedicated scientists to support our clients in all their analytical needs.

Debbie Hughes
Debbie Hughes
Director - Strategic Development

As co-founder of Microanalysis, Debbie’s vision was to establish a working culture where employees feel valued and are passionate about the science and the work we do for our clients. With over 20 years experience as a management consultant within the mining, manufacturing and utilities industries, Debbie is responsible for the establishment of all our support systems and processes and aligning our work practices, policies and procedures with our strategic direction, corporate governance and compliance. Building the foundation which enables Microanalysis to be an exceptional consulting laboratory, with exceptional staff, providing exceptional service to all.

Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Pendragon
Lead Consulting Scientist

Nimue graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology) majoring in Physics and Chemistry.  Since joining Microanalysis in May 2011 she has been an integral member of our team. Nimue has recently taken on the role of Lead Consulting Scientist, liaising with clients and other industry experts in complementary fields to provide a well-informed consultancy service, backed by a team of professional scientists. We offer a comprehensive problem-solving service. From helping you to understand and act on your results, to developing game-changing methods and compliance procedures.

Michael Simeoni
Michael Simeoni
Laboratory Manager

We have welcomed to our brilliant team of scientists, Dr Michael Simeoni as our new Laboratory Manager. Michael has a wealth of experience within the commercial, governmental and academic arenas. His exceptional reputation, built over 20 years of working in oil and gas; petroleum and environmental geochemistry; soil surveying, air, water and environmental analysis is a tremendous addition to our team. Not to mention his wonderfully dry wit and fabulous cooking. Give Michael a call at the lab for all of your analytical needs.

Dan Cukierski
Dan Cukierski
Specialist Geologist/Petrographer

Microanalysis is excited to introduce you to Dan Cukierski our Specialist Geologist/Petrographer. Dan has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Geoscience from University of Iowa.

With several years experience working in the USA for CTL Group as a Petrographer and Supervisor, he brings with him an exceptional knowledge and expertise in concrete petrography, thin sectioning and core analysis.

Sandy Lam
Sandy Lam
Team Lead/Analytical Scientist

Sandy graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Multi-Disciplinary), specialising in Chemistry and Biotechnology. Sandy joined the team in July 2011 as a Laboratory Technician and soon showed her talent in operating and interpreting analysis using the Scanning Electron Microscope and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy. Sandy was promoted to Analytical Scientist and then more recently Team Leader and is responsible for a large volume of our SEM.

Owen Carpenter
Owen Carpenter
Analytical Scientist

Owen joined the team in 2012 as a lab assistant while studying a BSc(Science) in Physics at Curtin University. Since then he has gained experience across a wide range of lab techniques and now specialises in mineral characterisation by X-Ray Diffraction, surface profilometry by laser interferometry and dangerous goods testing.

Ian Davies
Ian Davies
Analytical Scientist

Ian has worked in the Western Australian scientific field for almost 30 years encompassing research, heavy industrial and commercial environments. Primarily specialising in mineral characterisation using X-Ray Diffraction he is used to complex analytical challenges. Ian has a wide expanse of knowledge across many fields of analysis with some of his favourite areas of interest including, but not limited to, micro-characterisation using scanning electron microscopy, automated mineral analysis using SEM/QEMSCAN, thermal analysis using DSC/DTA-MS and auto-titration particularly focusing on both Bayer and Cyanide plant liquors.

Greta Brodie
Greta Brodie
Analytical Scientist

Greta Brodie is an Industrial Chemist with a Bachelor of Science, Applied Chemistry from Curtin University. With 17 years’ experience working within both the public and private sectors within Australia and abroad. Greta’s areas of expertise include precipitation chemistry, impurity control, solid/liquid separation, analytical chemistry including particle analysis, quality control, value adding process improvement, the Bayer process, uranium acid leaching processing and manganese beneficiation.  

Our Talented Support Staff

Sumudu Ariyawansa
Sumudu Ariyawansa
Laboratory Technician

Sumudu has  several years experience working within commercial laboratories in Australia as a Laboratory Technician conducting a variety of test including gas, fluid, soil and rock sample analysis, as well as GC-MS.  Sumudu has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Bio Chemistry , Second Class Honours, from University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka; and a Diploma of Laboratory Technology, Lab Tech Training WA.

Lynette de Silva
Lynette de Silva
Laboratory Technician

Lynette has extensive experience working within public and private laboratories within Australia as an Industrial Chemist and Research Officer, using a wide rage of analytical instruments and techniques including titrations, AAS, XRF, SEM and classical wet chemistry. Lynette has a Bachelor of Science (Applied Chemistry from Curtin University.

Julie Darwin
Julie Darwin
Laboratory/Accounts Administrator

Julie has 17 years administration/accounts receivable experience.

  • Australian Institute of Petroleum
  • Australian X-Ray Analytical Association
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • Telstra Business Awards
  • Scientific Partners Australia