About Labwest

LabWest Minerals Analysis Pty Ltd (LabWest) was established in late 2008 to meet a need in the Western Australian market for an independent minerals analysis facility, and is owned by a small group of key investors, most of whom are employees of the company.

The managers have combined experience of more than 80 years in the minerals analysis field, and worked for a range of major mining companies and commercial laboratories. Our focus is on geochemical analysis, combining a clean environment and careful sample handling practices to give contamination-free preparation and low-detection limit elemental determinations.

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LabWest’s philosophy has been to utilise the best available equipment and cutting-edge techniques from the very start, hence our decision to proceed with, and develop, microwave digestion methodology rather than the traditional hotbox or hotplate options. We are now a world leader in microwave digestion of mineral samples.

As a small, personal company, LabWest maintains close relations with our clients, ensuring that all personnel understand the particular requirements of each customer. Our particular focus on junior explorers ensures that, even in busy times, smaller customers get the same attention and processing priority as bigger clients.

In 2011 LabWest achieved accreditation by NATA to ISO/IEC 17025 standard, which testifies to the quality of systems and staff employed.

Senior Staff And Management

Brad Whisson
Brad Whisson
Managing Director
Having worked for a range of major mining and laboratory organisations over the past 30 years and established and/or managed 10 analytical laboratories across 5 countries, Brad has wide-ranging experience in provision of minerals analysis services. Brad holds a BSc in Chemistry (UWA) and MBA (La Trobe), and is a Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, the Association of Applied Geochemists and the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.
Glen Whisson
Glen Whisson
Director
With a Bachelor of Business degree (Marketing & Financial Management) and PhD in Aquatic Science (Curtin), Glen is recognised internationally as a Past President of the International Association of Astacology.
Andrew Daly
Andrew Daly
Lab Manager
Andrew has held senior roles with major laboratory organisations in Australia over the past 20 years, and has undertaken laboratory development projects around the country. Holding a BSc in Chemistry (Adelaide) and Diploma of Business Management (Mt Eliza), he is a specialist in instrumental analysis, particularly ICP-OES and ICP-MS, and a Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
Shaun Height
Shaun Height
Operations Manager
Shaun holds a BSc (Hons) and PhD from Curtin University. A foundation employee of LabWest, Shaun manages daily operations including the sample preparation, digest laboratories and instrumental analysis sections.
Mary Trutwein
Mary Trutwein
Client Relations Manager
Mary has worked in the minerals analysis sector for 27 years, in technical and managerial roles. Mary holds qualifications in business administration and is a qualified lead auditor. Mary's responsibilities include client liaison, quality systems and LIMS management.
Prayadt Wangpen
Prayadt Wangpen
ICP Chemist
Prayadt holds a BSc (Hons) and PhD from Curtin University. Having worked with LabWest for 8 years, Prayadt’s responsibilities include ICP-OES and ICP-MS operation, digest chemistry and quality control.

Staff Comments

We established LabWest in 2009 with a first-rate team to meet a need for expert, boutique services to the minerals exploration industry in Western Australia. Our particular focus is on regolith geochemistry and biogeochemistry, and our analytical expertise is at your disposal.

Brad Whisson
Managing Director

What we do at LabWest is more than just a job. We succeed because we know each of our clients and what is important to them. As a foundation investor in the company, it is vital to me that everything we do is focussed on delivering what we promise.

Shaun Height
Operations Manager

Our team has combined 80 years’ experience in geochemical analysis, and we have designed quality into every aspect of our systems. Our accreditation by NATA attests to the level of confidence that our clients have in their results.

We will ensure the same level of effort goes into your solution – whether it is one of our standard techniques or developed specifically for your application.”

Andrew Daly
Laboratory Manager