Our People

Published in About Us
K2_WRITTEN_ON January 19 2016
Written by Super User

At Integra Systems, people are the backbone of our operation. Our staff strongly support the business Vision, Mission and Values. Together, we work to achieve the highest levels of quality and service.

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Paul Hughes

Managing Director & CEO

Paul Hughes founded Integra in 1991 and his role as Managing Director has a business development and product engineering focus. He has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honours).

Paul has built Integra into a leading, award winning, Australian industrial product development and advanced manufacturing company. He has created a culture of innovation within Integra and strives to ensures that this is at the forefront of each team member's thinking. He believes that the future of Australian manufacturing is in relentless innovation and the ability to be agile, flexible and responsive to rapid market changes and dynamic market forces. He believes that there is no room for complacency in this industry and that there is still a big space for an Australian manufacturing footprint if this attitude is retained within Australia. Paul’s thirst of global knowledge in the area of industrial product design and advanced manufacturing drives him around the globe to benchmark Integra against the best in this field.

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Erika Hughes

Commercial Director

Erika provides expertise in business management, business development and marketing at Integra Systems. She has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Graduate Diploma in Management Leadership.

Erika launched her marketing career in advertising before joining Ericsson, the multi-national telecommunication service provider, where responsibilities ranged across sales, strategic business development, marketing and management. Her talent and performance was recognised within Ericsson through their management development program.

This business management and marketing talent is highly valued at Integra as she works with the entire team to ensure Integra and its people are performing at full potential and that Integra is recognised within the market for its positive contribution to Australian manufacturing and for its leadership in innovation and product development for its clients. Erika has also been recognised industry wide as she has formed part of the judging panels, sat on advisory boards and often speaks as an industry advocate.

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Russell Hughes

Director of Innovation

In 1993, Russell Hughes joined Integra Systems to fulfil his dream of harnessing innovation to develop engineering solutions for Australian industry.

Russell’s early trade apprenticeship has provided the foundation for a five decade career in production engineering, culminating in promotion to Managing Director of Rymer Lighting and Director of Manufacturing and Engineering at Howard Smith Industries. Along the journey, he developed his expertise at Caterpillar Tractors, Ericsson, International Harvester, Ford, Zenford, GMH and Sidchrome. Russell has travelled extensively and studied world’s best practice production engineering and brings this knowledge and experience to Integra and our clients.

Russell's contribution to the engineering and manufacturing community as an inventor, innovator, mentor, industry advocate and entrepreneur has been recognised industry wide through Lifetime Achievement Awards from Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame (2015 Honour Roll Finalist), 2013 Pace Zenith Awards (Winner), 2013 Manufacturer's Monthly Endeavour Awards (Winner) and Hume Business Awards (2012 Business Leader of the Year).

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Sanjay Babu Jeyachandran

Production Manager

Sanjay joined the Integra Production Team in 2017 with a Bachelor Degree in Automotive Engineering and a Masters of Sciences Automotive Engineering, and quickly rose to the challenges of leading the Integra team as a Production Engineer and then as a key member of the Integra Management Team as Production Manager. Sanjay brought to Integra experience in the automotive industry at Renault Nissan, Ford and Royal Enfield Motorcycles in India, Lotus cars in the UK and Australian Arrow, and takes a thorough and systematic approach to our agile manufacturing plant. Sanjay is insightful and progressive and always on the hunt for innovative and flexible ways to deliver our services and ensures that the culture of the Production Team focuses on quality, progressive thinking and collaborative approaches to problems solving.

Sanjay's passion for Formula 1 racing, motorcycling and carting ensures he is always up to date with the latest engineering trends and technology, and brings this passion with him as an asset to the Integra team.

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Tony Tempesta

Production Coordinator

Tony joined Integra in 2005, bringing 25 years of knowledge and experience with CNC punching machinery and brake press operations.

Previously, in Manufacturing Supervisor roles at Rymer and Doherty Industries he was responsible for managing large teams of metal shop workers.

Tony's experience coupled with Integra's engineering know-how has enabled Integra to implement and maintain leading edge innovation in our manufacturing processes and machinery, ensuring our customers continue to stay ahead of their own competition.

Tony maintains the highest level of quality production output and ensures the team also strives to achieve and maintain this high level of quality and continuous improvement.

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Tracey Robertson

Office Manager

With over 30 years Office Administration experience Tracey joined Integra in 2012 to support the team. Tracey worked with Russell Hughes at Rymer Lighting for 10 years when she first began her career in office administration and we are fortunate to have her back as part of the team.

Over her career, Tracey has worked in the lighting industry, prestigious motor vehicle industry, quality assurance and recruiting/staff contracting. Her career path has been progressive and stable and she has contributed significantly to every employer she has worked with. We are delighted to have her as a key member of our team.

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Nick Restall

Design & Development - Team Leader

Nick’s passion for innovative and creative product design blended beautifully with Integra’s values when he began in the Production Team in 2016. Nick worked part-time at Integra in the production team while he studied his Bachelor of Design (Industrial) at Swinburne University. During his part-time employment with Integra it quickly became apparent that Nick’s understanding of product development and prototyping would secure him as a strong asset in the product development team. He continued working part-time in both the product development team and the production team until he graduated from his Bachelor of Design by which time he was recruited full time into the product development team.

Within the Product Development team, Nick has a strong customer engagement focus and works closely together with our customers to create world class designs and prototypes that give them the market and competitive edge they are looking for.

His creativity is enhanced by his passion for photography and finding the finer details in life through the lens of his camera, his love for basketball and getting out into the great outdoors with his motorbike.