2012 Endeavour Awards Finalists: Female Manufacturer of the Year

Finalists for the 2012 Endeavour Awards Female Manufacturer of the Year category are:

ERIKA HUGHES
Integra Systems

Integra provides concept design, product engineering and prototyping for products that are then manufactured using purpose-built metal processing equipment, geared for the manufacturing of medium to high volume products.
Erika's official title is Marketing Director; however her role extends to other aspects of the team such as establishing and monitoring the strategic direction, objectives, targets, disciplines and desired outcomes of projects. Each member of the management team brings specific skills to the table that is complimentary and influenced by diverse background disciplines and experience.
Erika has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and career experience in strategic marketing, communications and business development. 
Her role utilises her expertise in marketing, and has expanded to include an important focus on business management.
Erika analyses finances and cash-flow, overall strategy, business case development for new asset acquisition, human resource management, office administration, management of accounts and generates management reports which provide the facts and ideas for the team to assess the ongoing performance of the business.

MARCELLE BATSON-WARNER
VIP Packaging Steel

VIP Packaging Steel is part of the Pact Group which is a supplier of rigid plastic and industrial metal packaging in Australia and NZ.
Marcelle is the National Quality Assurance Manager for the VIP Packaging Steel division which comprises 46 sites throughout Australia and NZ. As National QA Manager, her role is to develop process improvement and business problem resolution.
Marcelle's responsibilities as a senior manager and business process owner are the overall management and continuous improvement, development & deployment of quality strategy which supports the corporate direction.
Marcelle is also in charge of quality policy at VIP Packaging for the steel division as well as identifying training needs and delivering solutions to enhance and embed quality and best practice to support customer needs and requirements.

DR MARLENE KANGA
iOmniscient

iOmniscient manufactures artificial intelligence based automated surveillance with offices in eight countries and resellers in a hundred.
Marlene is a Chartered Professional Engineer and has been a member of the Engineers Australia Council since 2007 and is National Deputy President currently but will be President of Engineers Australia in 2013.
As a Chemical Engineer she originally specialised in risk and safety engineering.
She is Director of Business Technology, which provides advice on risk engineering to major operating facilities in the chemical, oil and gas sectors and has been a founding Director of iOmniscient since 2000.
Marlene has represented Australian engineers in various international forums including the World Engineering Conventions and the APEC Women Leaders Forum

PRIYANKA RAO
Luxmy Furniture

Luxmy is a furniture company and a commercial contract manufacturer which has just launched a consumer line of flat pack furniture.
Priyanka Rao at 25 manages the marketing and strategic management projects at Luxmy.
Her responsibilities include managing the marketing for Luxmy, managing the company's online presence, implementing the Lean Management program as well as working on audits and creating processes and strategies for improving its environmental impact across the company.
Priyanka is also in charge of managing a new online, modular furniture line. Since being in her role, Luxmy has been a finalist in the Telstra Business Awards, Mybusiness Awards and Ethnic Business Awards. 

SUSAN HEANEY
Heaneys Performers In Print

Heaneys is a supplier of printed products and deals with design through to preparing for print, finishing and delivery of the product.
Susan has been Managing Director at Heaneys since 2004 and is in charge of establishing strategic direction, monitoring finances, leading the development of the marketing and sales strategy, ensuring compliance with statutory obligations, monitoring finances, quality control and technical oversight of the printing process.
Susan has been an active member of the Board of the Printing Industries Association of Australia and currently serves as president. She has provided leadership to the Association at both a state and national level.
She has also been an organiser and advocate for Women in Print which aims to create a productive networking environment for all women within the printing.