Meet The Team

Simon Rushworth, BVSc, Dip Mgmt
Managing Director

Simon’s background is in private veterinary practice in Australia and the UK. A Sydney University graduate, he has navigated his way through the farm gate, via pet practice and animal health to the world of research, the hospital environment and industry.

“I am grateful to have this wonderful opportunity to work with a team of consummate professionals here at SDR Scientific and globally with our supplier partners to help you achieve success in your work and improve people’s lives”

While he is not at work, he is Uber-dad, and brought to heel by his family and wayward Kelpie X “Dot”. Then there’s always watersports, scandi crime, travel, amateur building and (maybe) trumpet practice…

Quotable Quote: “Every disaster movie starts with someone ignoring a scientist” – Anon.

Dr Sudha Vijay, MVSc
Technical Sales & Support Manager

Sudha has a background in Veterinary Science and years of experience with equipment sales and support at SDR Scientific. She enjoys and believes in helping and supporting our customers and staff in the best possible way.

Quotable quote: “If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles” – Wayne Dyer.

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Rob Samuel
Technical Officer

Rob has a background in finance and IT. He completed a Diploma in Laboratory Operations at TAFE NSW in 2015 with a focus on Biological & Environmental subjects.

Rob looks after logistics, Preventative Maintenance, Equipment repair and system installation and maintains our warehouse operations. Adding to this is IT support and administration.

His interests include kayaking fishing and music.

Favourite quote: “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible” – (Dalai Lama).

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Robert Huggan, BSc, GDBA, Cert Bus
Technical Sales & Support Specialist

Robert studied Applied Mathematics and Operations Research in Melbourne. He has achieved a long working life in Customer Service roles across NSW and Queensland, primarily in the Pharmaceutical Industry.  His primary interests outside of work are Family, AFL, Photoshop, Excel, and reading historical novels.

Quotable quote: “None of us is as smart as all of us” – Ken Blanchard.

Binod Dahal, MSc (MedPhys) BSc (Phys)
Technical Sales & Support Specialist

Binod has a solid-state physics, radiation physics, and medical imaging background. His interests lie in behavioural psychology, music, history, and evolutionary biology.

Outside the office, he enjoys spending time outdoors as much as he loves to read and listen to books. You can find him bushwalking, playing soccer, running on a beach, working out, hiking or camping with his friends. He also follows Manly Sea Eagles in NRL and Chelsea FC in English Premier League.

Quotable quote: “We suffer more often in imagination than in reality” – Seneca


Ethan Moore BSc
Technical Sales & Support Specialist

Ethan has broad experience in customer service and in research and industrial laboratories.

Graduating from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Science in physics, his specialities lie in mechanics, optics, microscopy and material analysis. Away from the office, Ethan enjoys playing both the piano and rugby league, as well as exploring the arts and cultural scenes around the city.

Quotable Quote: “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Katie McBryde BSc
Technical Sales & Support Specialist

Katie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and has experience managing laboratories in both the US and Australia. Her background is in testing water, soil, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals.

Katie loves spending time with her husband and children, appreciates any opportunity for a beach outing, and finds joy in reading, baking, and photography.

Quotable Quote: “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you’ve gotta put up with the rain!”- Dolly Parton

Dr Roger Lainson PhD
Founding Director - Enjoying Retirement

Roger’s background and research experience is in plant physiology and biophysics, with more than a decade as Lecturer in Life Sciences at UTS. In 1985 he founded SDR Scientific in partnership with the late Dr Peter Kenny.

Roger’s main interest is Model Engineering. He has been building a 5-inch gauge steam locomotive for an embarrassingly large number of years and is very active with Hornsby Model Engineers. He also enjoys outback travel and walking.

Quotable quote: "Happy is he who can work with both his head and his hands" - Joshua Slocum, first solo circumnavigator.

Dr Peter Kenny PhD
Physicist, Mathematician and Teacher to many (UNSW & UTS)
Founding Director

Peter’s background was in physics and biology and he held a position as Senior Lecturer in Life Sciences at UTS for many years. In 1985 he founded SDR Scientific with Dr Roger Lainson. Peter had a boundless scientific curiosity and he took delight in understanding the science behind all manner of research and the practical problems that researchers faced.

Sadly, Peter passed away in 2014.

“A questioning mind seeking answers to the end”

The Wider SDR Scientific Team

We also draw on a talented group of business supporters in legal, accounting and other professional services.

Importantly, we are also supported by a global network of true professionals: our Supplier Partner Network. If the information is not within our knowledgebase, we are strongly supported by a team of hard-working professionals based in Japan, United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Canada ….