Meet The Team | Nautilus Engineers


Graham Peter Bartholomew (Bart)

Principal Design Engineer & Director - Pr. Eng., BSc. Eng. Mechanical, GCC 

Bart has more than two decades of post-graduate experience as a Mechanical Engineer within the pulp & paper, petrochemical, chemical, sugar, consulting and fabrication industry. His line of expertise is plant/equipment design, project and construction management.

Bart has worked for a multitude of multinational engineering companies which includes consultants and technology suppliers. He is a past chairman of SAIMechE (KZN), and currently a national council member, and has a broad network of engineering expertise.

                 Shivash Panchan


Design Engineer – BSc. Eng. Mechanical

Shivash completed his studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he majored in thermodynamics and designed a small-scale hybrid rocket for his final year thesis.  Upon completion of his in-service training, he joined Nautilus Engineers as a Graduate Engineer.


He forms part of the design team and is actively involved in a number of tasks such as carrying out of design calculations, 3D modelling and finite element modelling. He has a passion for design and wants to expand his expertise as a simulations engineer.

                Willem Potgieter



Willem joined Nautilus Engineers in June 2016 as a Draughtsman. He received internal training in mechanical equipment and piping draughting. Since starting at the company, Willem’s draughting skills have developed at a fast pace and he is currently receiving training in 3D modelling.

Willem makes a substantial contribution to the Drawing Office team by producing high quality work output.

He is an enthusiastic and well-adapted individual who is capable of providing effective solutions for the task at hand.

Brita Govan


Design Engineer – BSc. Eng. Mechanical

Brita joined the Nautilus Design team in 2017.

Brita graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, and has worked in the petrochemical industry for 5 years, with experience in project management, contractor management and maintenance engineering.  She has also trained in risk assessments and hazard and operability studies.