Sonja McFarlane

Sonja has a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), a Master of Environmental Management and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Beginning her career as an industrial chemist, she developed an interest in ‘all things quality’ and has continued to pursue this passion. She has worked across several industries including inks and coatings, petroleum and industrial chemicals, fats and oils, inspection of bulk liquids and dry cargo and more recently with laboratories conducting chemical, biological, mechanical and construction materials testing. Having completed formal auditor training with SAI Global, NATA and ANAB (USA), Sonja has experience auditing to ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 17025 and holds Exemplar Global Lead Auditor Certification in Quality Management Systems. She has also completed auditor training to ISO 14001. After implementing and maintaining quality systems in laboratories for 17 years, Sonja joined the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) in 2009 working as a Senior Scientific Officer conducting accreditation activities in the field of Construction Materials Testing (CMT). During 2013 she worked as the Quality Systems Manager for Cardno Geotech prior to establishing SIMPLY QUALITY Pty Ltd in January 2014. Sonja has been working with Microanalysis for many years as external consultant and recently joined the team as our Quality Manager in 2022 and continue to support our commitment to exceptional scientific integrity and the quality of our results.

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