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About Us

Pilbara Standards' people bring complementary expertise to cover the range of production, analytical and
statistical skills required for the manufacture and certification of reference materials.

Bruce Armstrong
BSc (Hons), MBA, MAIG

Bruce has 25 years experience as a geologist, across greenfields exploration, resource development and estimation, feasibility studies and both open pit and underground mining.

He has worked with a range of commodities including precious metals, rare earths, base metals and ferrous metals.

Having previously held positions as a JORC-competent person for several ASX companies, Bruce is experienced in the resource due diligence process for project financing and understands the need for peace of mind with assay QA/QC.

Sonja McFarlane
Quality Manager
BSc (Chem), MEM

Originally training as an analytical chemist,  Sonja has over 25 years' work experience across several technical and quality systems roles and worked as an independent consultant for
7 years prior to joining Pilbara Standards .

Sonja has held positions across a range of organisations including NATA where she was a Senior Client Coordinator in the field of construction materials testing. She also has significant expertise in the establishment and auditing of ISO compliant quality systems across a range of ISO standards.

Tymen Brom
BSc (Chem), MAusIMM

Tymen has 30 years work experience across a number of technical and managerial roles.

He has held the positions of laboratory technician and chemist / metallurgist in analytical, production and research laboratories. His expertise includes establishment of ISO quality systems as well as being approved NATA signatory for chemical analysis and mechanical testing for a number of laboratories.

With complementary experience in business planning and risk evaluation/mitigation, Tymen has been instrumental in Pilbara Standards' ISO9001-2015 accreditation process.

Paul Gillespie
Production Supervisor

Paul has 7 years’ experience as a geologist in brown and greenfields exploration for base metals, gold and silica sands.


During his time as a geologist he worked in database setup and management, including data import and QA/QC management, and understands the need for accurate documentation.

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