EdSerrano

ED SERRANO | Managing Director

Ed Serrano is the Managing Director of Vekta Automation.  Born in the USA, Ed moved to Australia after high school to study in a field that was not yet popular in the USA.  In 2003, he graduated from Curtin University (Perth, Western Australia) with Honours as a Robotical Engineer (Mechatronic Engineering).  Over the years, he has accumulated a considerable amount of experience with industrial automation projects in a variety of industries and countries.  Specifically, Ed has more than 10 years of experience with the Prefabricated Truss and Frame industry, all of which has involved the Razer linear saw and other forms of automation. With a solid understanding of the conditions and needs of truss plants and his experience in industrial automation, he has helped many plants overcome machinery obstacles and has been instrumental to the success of the Razer saws. However, if asked what he’s most proud of, Ed would always say his family! Two beautiful little girls and an amazing wife are what really makes Ed tick! His family is the only thing that takes a higher priority in his life.

Shelena & Ed Serrano Industry Export Award 2014

SHELENA SERRANO | Operations Manager

Shelena is Ed’s better half – married in 2006! A high school teacher before the days of Vekta and kids, Shelena has a strong personality and has always been up for a challenge. Teaching in some of the toughest conditions in Perth, she excelled and was well on her way to formidable roles within the education system. Despite her love for teaching, Shelena’s first priority is also to her family and she gave up the teaching career to raise her kids in the way that only a loving mother can. Today, Shelena somehow manages to look after the little ones as well as overseeing the Vekta accounts, marketing, and company growth strategies. As if this wasn’t enough, she is on the Executive Board for a large, Not-For-Profit organization (Communicare), has completed a Diploma in Business Governance, and is heavily involved in her children’s schools.  She seems to defy logic when it comes to what you might think one person was capable of in a given day, but does so with grace and a smile (most of the time!)

CAITLYN PLEWRIGHT | Adminstration Manager

Caitlyn is our Administration Manager, handling things from operational documents, accounts, human resources and marketing. She joined Vekta in 2012 as an admin assistant, working around her University classes as she studied for her Bachelor of Primary Education. Caitlyn has spent time assisting in all areas of Vekta, giving her a broad range of experience and knowledge of the happenings at Vekta. Upon completion of Caitlyn’s degree in 2015, she decided to stay on at Vekta and trained with Shelena to take over for her when she went on Maternity leave. She now works full time in her new role. In her spare time, Caitlyn enjoys taking thousands of photos of her adorable rescue kitten, Waffles, and spending time with her partner and family.

Scott Henderson

SCOTT HENDERSON | Production Manager

Scott emigrated from Scotland with his wife Claire in February 2009. During his time in Scotland he completed his apprenticeship in marine engineering and shipbuilding as a fully qualified electrician, working offshore and onshore over a number of years to several countries.

Scott joined Vekta in July 2012 as an electrician but very quickly gained the position of production manager. Scott was married to Claire in February 1998 but left it a very long time to produce the best thing he has ever made – His daughter Elannah who joined the family in July 2014 only a short 16 years after they got married!!!

Quality is always a key factor with Scott and this shows in his work. He also has years of experience in renovating properties which is a good asset to have. While Scotland is a major tie to Scott, he became an Australian citizen in 2013 and is proud to call himself a proper Scozzie.

Chad - Engineering Manager

CHAD GOULDING | Engineering Manager

Chad is the engineering manager at Vekta Automation and oversees the development of new products. He joined Vekta in 2013 as a software engineer with past experience in the defence, telecommunication and video game industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Visualisation and has a keen interest in artificial intelligence and algorithm design. Outside of work, he enjoys gardening, bush walking, photography and watching esports. At dusk, Chad is sometimes spotted feeding homeless cats at the industrial park.

ROELAND VAN WINDEN | Mechanical Engineer

Roeland is originally from the Netherlands but moved to Auckland New Zealand as a child. After high school, he completed a NZ Certificate in Mechanical Engineering and worked for several years before realising the need to further his education and completed a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Design. During his degree, he worked for a robotic design company where he found his passion for automation and, for his final year project built a robotic arm that poured various drinks for customers at an engineering show, also showing his passion for a nice, cold beer!

Since then Roeland has travelled and worked in the UK, met his better half, Teresa, and started his family with two sons and a daughter. When he found the position at Vekta everything felt perfect and he is thoroughly enjoying his time back in the automation design seat and a fantastic team and workshop to support him.

TAYLOR JENKIN | Customer Relations Manager

Taylor Jenkin is the Customer Relations Manager at Vekta Automation and oversees our service and support department. She joined Vekta in 2014 in an administration role and quickly demonstrated her proactive approach, attention to detail in all tasks and strong focus on customer satisfaction. Along with this, her previous experience in customer service in the mining industry and working with major companies such as BHP, Chevron and Rio Tinto, meant that she was an obvious choice when the need for a customer relations role arose. Outside of work Taylor enjoys music- particularly playing guitar and singing, and travel, having lived in both Europe and New Zealand.

Matt Ramage

MATT RAMAGE | Engineer

Matt is a highly skilled Mechatronic Engineer with a diverse skill set and experience covering electronic, software, and mechanical engineering.  He has a keen interest in how things work, and is highly motivated to constantly improve everything he is working on. Matt studied at Curtin University in Perth and received his degree in Mechatronic Engineering with Honours before obtaining his doctorate.  Before Vekta, Matt started out designing and building the embedded systems for tools and accessories for the Perth Bomb Response Unit’s robot. He then moved to a local aerospace company to lead the development team designing new unmanned aircraft systems. With this history, Matt has a strong focus, on safety and reliability being fundamental. On the weekend you would often find Matt camping, wakeboarding or just enjoying the great outdoors of WA.

Kallen Hair

KALLEN HAIR | Engineer

Kallen is a cheerful and dedicated individual from a small town in country Western Australia where he found his values in community and family. Growing up in his father’s workshop, which made its living designing and manufacturing agricultural machinery, he developed a keen interest in robotics and engineering from a young age, often pulling his expensive toys apart just to see how they work. This prompted him to move to the big city of Perth to study at Curtin University where he completed his Mechatronic Engineering degree with honours. After gathering vital experience in the mining industry as a graduate, he found a great position at Vekta where he enjoys working alongside an enthusiastic team in a thriving industry. Between the hectic work and travel schedule Kallen spends his time working on the house with his fiancé and playing as much ice hockey.