Our team

Research Lead

Harry Watts

Harry completed a Doctor of Philosophy (Materials Engineering) from the University of Western Australia as a M.R.I.W.A. Scholar. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgical) with first class honours from the Western Australian School of Mines. His research is focused on the rare earth elements. It includes designing and testing new leaching and separation methods, flowsheets, chemicals, and dissolution media. He has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles on rare earth processes.

Engineering Lead

Tonya Fisher

Tonya is a process engineer with bachelor's degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy with first class honours. She has worked for the past ten years with a major international oil and gas corporation in the areas of engineering design and assurance, process optimization and debottlenecking, technical and financial analysis for corporate decision-making, process safety and risk assessment, and operational troubleshooting. Her background in metallurgical processing and design engineering, and her performance track record, put her in a position to contribute successfully to the on-time delivery of quality engineering for the project. 

Instrument Maker

Damien Bainbridge

Damien is a qualified fitter and turner with over 20 years’ experience in fabrication and machining. His experience includes the manufacture of unique/specialised laboratory equipment for research purposes, industrial procurement, electrical and mechanical fault finding and equipment design (ensuring accreditation). Damien’s ability to fabricate suitable equipment for Watts & Fisher enables minimization of R&D costs and avoidance of potentially long lead-times on laboratory equipment.