Get to know the team

EMPLOYEES REPORTS

Short biographies of the team to help you get to know them.

 

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Michael Common

Quality Systems & H&S Manager

What do you do at Integration Technology?

 

I like to think that my job is all about ensuring that everything obeys common sense. But what it boils down to is ensuring that all systems within the company are safe, stable, and will minimize the risk of error or accident.

 

I do this by creating procedures and templates for how the company completes its many functions, ensuring compliance with the law, with accredited standards such as ISO:9001, and ensuring ease of use for all staff members.

 

What are your credentials/past experience, for working in your position?

 

After my degree, I entered the electronics industry as a hard-working engineer. I worked my way through production, test & repair, and quality for many years until I made the jump to quality systems management.

 

Later adding in expertise in the fields of Health & Safety and Environmental management and designing and implementing entire systems for these areas.

 

The benefit of this journey was that I am uniquely placed within this company to understand and help each department, as I have experience working within all areas and aspects to a greater or lesser degree.

 

What do you like about working at Integration Technology?

 

Integration Technology is a company with passion and technological interest. It allows me to bring my skills in quality & H&S to use, but also to flex my interest in technology and electronics. It has interesting interdepartmental dynamics to explore and help refine, and some very talented individuals to work with.

 

What are the values that drive you?

 

I am a firm believer in maximising the potential of those around me. In any company, every individual will bring a unique set of skills, drives, and experience to the table. And I believe in finding the voices that each have and using their knowledge and influence to help me make the workplace a safer and more productive one. Where the whole workforce can help us to work smarter, better, and more successfully to achieve our goals, both individually and as a company.

 

What are your favourite books/films?

 

I am a real movie buff, so they are usually my go-to form of entertainment. My collection is around 3,000 strong across the various physical formats, and I have converted my study to be a full movie library.

 

As for favourites, I am a huge fan of Wes Craven’s Scream. I adore the way it both deconstructed a genre and simultaneously reinvigorated it.

 

In books, I read a lot of Stephen King, and King’s IT is my favourite book of all time. And despite its near 2,000 pages, I re-read it about once a year.

 

What do you enjoy when you are not working?

 

I got into martial arts as a way to stay in shape, joining a local Kung Fu club.

 

Nearly two decades later and I have five black sashes (belts) in Lau Gar Kung Fu, and (until the recent pandemic) taught a club of my own.

 

With a mostly adult and experienced group of fighters, our club has been a place to learn and train in some of the more dangerous elements of the form. Including many weapons such as swords, staff, butterfly knives, and spears.

 

Many is the session in which we would set up tournament competitions consisting of one-on-one or sometimes even multiple opponents against a single fighter.

 

But outside of the fighting, I find the passion in Kung Fu lives in the form and fluidity of the style. And simply the joy of training, learning, and teaching a new skill.

 

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Chris Beechey

Product Manager

Please introduce yourself and your role at Integration Technology:

 

I am Chris Beechey, Product Manager for Integration Technology. I work as part of the Engineering team but also work within the Sales support team, offering technical and application support to our customers.

 

As product manager, my role is varied but essentially my responsibility is to ensure that we offer innovative, reliable, market leading products to our customers, whilst also ensuring that our customers are fully supported with any technical or application issues that may arise. Although I work predominantly as part of the Engineering team, my work naturally links in with our Sales and Marketing teams, which essentially means that no one day is the same!

 

How long have you been at Integration Technology, and has your role changed?

 

I joined the company in a newly formed Product management role in July 2018. Naturally, as the role was new to the business, it has taken some time to fully understand where I can help the business most. My role was predominantly based within the Engineering department, but more recently I have been able to work much more closely with our Sales and Marketing teams.

 

What are your credentials/past experience, for working in your position?

 

For the last 20 years I have worked within the Electronics Manufacturing industry, working in many roles within that time. I started my career as a fresh faced 21 year old Product assembler/Sales engineer for a small electronics company that sold monitoring instrumentation to blue chip companies within the Oil and Gas industry.

 

I then progressed through full time Electronics Technician and Production Manager roles for a FTSE 100 global company, whilst also studying part time for an Electronics Engineering degree, finally graduating in 2011 with a 2:1 BEng Honours degree.

 

After graduating university, I naturally progressed into Electronic Engineer and Project Engineer roles, with the latter really opening up opportunities to work on all aspects of product integration and delivery. To date I have had opportunities to work on great technological products that have really pushed the boundaries for engineering.

 

Working in many different roles within the electronics Manufacturing industry has really helped me to understand the challenges and pitfalls that we face every day to ensure that we offer advanced, reliable products that our customers order time and time again.

 

What do you enjoy about your role within Integration Technology?

 

The great thing about my current role is that I have the opportunity to work closely with other departments within the business, offering my help wherever it is required. This really helps to drive me onwards.

 

I really enjoy working on the larger projects that we have, ensuring that any product development and design work is completed on time and that we have everything covered, from technical specifications to installation and commissioning plans.

 

As a fully qualified Engineer, I also love to problem solve, so helping our customers to ensure that our products are correctly integrated into their applications is something that makes me very happy!

 

Why do you think customers choose Integration Technology?

 

We are an innovative and flexible company that will go above and beyond to ensure that our customers come back to us time and time again for their application needs. Not only do we have an outstanding range of UV products available “off the shelf”, we also will create bespoke products and design solutions to ensure that our customers get exactly what they need, this really separates us from the crowd and is something that our customers appreciate.

 

Your top 3 favourite books?

 

I love to read all manner or books when I have the time (children permitting). My favourite genres are science fiction, sports biographies, the classics, legal thrillers and generally any book that has a good review! My three top books would have to be “The Martian”, “Lord of the Rings” and “Jurassic Park”. It was my love for science fiction that led me to pursue a career in Engineering. Reading about the technology in some of the Michael Crichton novels as a young teenager really set me on my way.

 

What do you enjoy when you are not working?

 

I have a huge passion for the glorious sport that is known as football (well in England anyway!). I played competitively for local teams from 9 years old right up to when my “career” was curtailed by a ruptured ACL at the ripe old age of 34. I still play the odd game for charity and have made various comebacks through the years but sadly the knee is just not up to it anymore.

 

I have supported Liverpool FC since the age of 6 and try to get to a game whenever I can, although opportunities are few and far between. I am currently trying to invoke a passion for Liverpool FC and football in general in both of my young daughters, but to no avail. They will often support the team that Liverpool FC are playing against! Hopefully one day one of them will catch the football/Liverpool FC bug and we can enjoy the beautiful game together.

 

I also love to watch films (Back to the Future, Star wars and Indiana Jones are personal favourites), enjoy Rugby and golf, love to go to and watch live music (Indie/rock) and love to get out and enjoy a beer with friends and family.

 

Family time is very important in our household, my wife and I try to spend as much time as we can with our two young daughters. We love to get outside for long walks in the countryside or the many beautiful woodlands that we have in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties.

 

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Holly Steedman

Business Development Manager

What do you do at Integration Technology?

 

This is always an interesting one to explain, when someone asks what you do, and you say Business Development often you are met with a vague look or ok so sales? But Business Development goes way beyond that, So I explain that my role is creating growth in my company through long term partnerships, strategic planning and knowing the market and customer’s needs. Relationships are key in the industries we work in, yes there are other suppliers of UV systems but if you build a good relationship with your partners, you bring more than just the product to the table.

 

What are your credentials/past experience, for working in your position?

 

I have been in the printing/coating industry from the start of my career and have also grown up with the industry and been lucky to see the rise of industrial inkjet applications in particular, when I first started in the lab mixing inks, I was in the industrial ink group back then it was the black sheep of the department, but I was always interested in the potential of implementing inkjet into new areas. I got to experience this firsthand at Industrial Inkjet Ltd who are building single pass print engines, I got to be part of some industry firsts, and experience niche applications it was the biggest learning curve in my career from a technical point of view. Next, I took on the challenge of moving to Germany and going back to the ink side at indujet/Marabu. In Product Management you must be flexible and adaptable and able to make the right decisions fast. All my experiences put together have enabled me to have a rounded technical knowledge of all aspects of print and coating and this is invaluable in my current role.

 

What do you like about working at Integration Technology?

 

I started just one year ago at Integration Technology and for me, the decision to join was based on the passion the people had for pushing the company to the next level. Also, I was impressed by the products themselves, even being in the print industry before I had not given too much thought to what goes into developing and building a UV system. Like most things, there is more to it than you think, and it struck me how much knowledge was in the company and the small details that made a difference in an effective UV system. For me, it must be more than just a job as I must believe in what I am doing. I want to contribute to the company's vision and be part of continuing our goal which is to be pioneering and drive LED technology into new market areas.

 

What’s your background?

 

I had a slightly unconventional path to where I am today, but I see that as a positive as it has given me many life experiences and challenges, I always say it makes for a good story! I did things backwards in some ways, I studied while working and having a family which was not the most relaxing experience! From a young age I was fascinated by travel and other cultures, I did not get to experience this in till my early teens when I went to Austria on a school skiing trip. I spent my free time walking around the town and taking everything in, since that point, I always had the dream of living in a different country, which happened when I moved to Germany. It was a great decision, I got to see things from a whole different perspective. I think one of the hardest challenges in my life was learning German! But I am also proud of this achievement and Germany is my home now - I just wish they had crumpets and fish and chips, then it would be perfect.

 

What are the values that drive you?

 

I have always pushed myself and did things that seemed at the time impossible, but I am a great believer in going outside the comfort zone and taking a risk. Also, for me, a key point is that having been a parent and also a single parent I have always been an advocate for the fact that it is possible to have a career and a family equally for women as is for men. I am active in this topic especially in Germany as in some regions it is still a challenge to be working parents especially both working Full-Time, unfortunately, there are childcare issues and still some stigma of having a career and children. Of course, being from a technical background I am also keen on encouraging more women to come into the world of industrial print and coating, it still is a male-dominated industry. I believe that as many different perspectives and outlooks will only improve and keep the industry innovative and forward-thinking.

 

Your top 3 favourite Podcasts/Books?

 

I only read non-fiction these days as I have limited time. Since I am an avid history fan, my favourite period being the Tudors I often read history-based books. One book I love is The Death of Kings: A Medical History of the Kings and Queens of England. It gives evaluations of the cause of deaths I find the history of medicine an interesting topic. An interesting book that I feel relates to explaining also why Business Development people are an interesting breed is The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. If you read it, you will see he explains the different types of personalities and how they interact, and I see BDM people as a combination of a connector and salesperson. Connectors are people that know everyone and link everyone together, Salesman can build instant rapport with another person and are persuaders.

 

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

 

Well, my kids always say I should get more hobbies. But they do not see my hobbies as fun I suppose, they think cleaning is my hobby as I love the Marie Kondo principle. Sounds crazy but I find it relaxing to organise and I do have one of those clothes folding boards (like Sheldon in Big Bang). I am also a big fan of reusing and repurposing, so I enjoy doing projects at home that involve these aspects and I am an avid sustainable fashion fan, so I buy and sell second-hand clothes. I also help organise and take part in an International Parents group in my local area. Where we normally arrange meetups and events to connect people especially for supporting new families coming to Germany.

 

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Jason Smith

Technical Director / Chief Technical Officer

What do you do at Integration Technology?

I’m responsible for the day to day engineering within Integration Technology, making sure that the current products and designs continue to operate and are developed to match advancing manufacturing requirements & processes. I also look after new product development and new technologies. Where possible, I try to get fully immersed in the product concept design.

 

What are your credentials/past experience, for working in your position?

I have been with Integration Technology for 18 years. Prior to this, I worked in the automation industry first as a designer, then latterly as a project manager. Working for high volume manufacturers and the automotive industry. I installed UV systems as part of automated processes on several of the projects during this period.

Just prior to Integration Technology, I spent 3 years working for a tier 1 automotive supplier in the US.

I also have a Masters degree in Advance Manufacturing Systems.

 

What do you like about working for Integration Technology?

Within Integration Technology, there is a great freedom to develop new ideas. We work very closely as a team, bouncing ideas and customer requests into design briefs.

I love the ability to sketch out ideas with my team on white boards, within weeks see “string and chewing gum” prototypes and then in a matter of months nicely honed products being photographed for data sheets, exhibitions and boxed for sale. 

The main joy of working for a medium sized company is the ability to get involved in every stage of the design and development. 

We use tools such as flow and thermodynamic simulation, but we also are happy to use simple models and prototypes where appropriate.

 

What is your background?

I don’t come from an engineering background. None of my parents, parents friends or relatives were engineers. However, when I was growing up, I had a love of lego (Meccano was bit expensive), and I loved building machines and mechanisms. I once built a rather crude automatic gearbox from lego, after being inspired by a television programme. Of course my favourite subject at school was engineering drawing.

 

What are the values that drive you?

I am a great believer in enthusiasm. Whenever I’m looking for new staff, the most important credential to me is enthusiasm. I want my staff to want to come to work, I want them to love the projects they are working on, and to be thoroughly bought into the process of making it a success.

I’d like to think I lead by example. I try to be fair, calm and open to ideas and suggestions. I won’t ask anyone to do anything I wouldn’t be prepared to do myself. 

 

Your top 3 favourite Podcasts/Books?

I tend to only read when on holiday, where I’m quite happy sitting for 4 or 5hrs reading a book. I have a good friend who is an author, who keeps my wife and I in touch with current literature. So my choice is usually based on these. 

My favourite book without a doubt is Canery Row by John Steinbeck. It’s a beautifully written portrayal of human kindness and interaction.

 

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

My lifelong passion is Hang Gliding, I started at 18 while at university, bought my 1st glider in my second year, and have owned one ever since.

Outside work and during the summer months I become very difficult to tie down in advance. The British weather is a fickle thing, and I absolutely hate missing a great hang gliding day.

I have flown, in gliders, microlight aircraft, hot air balloons, light aircraft, and even had a helicopter lesson, but I love the beauty and freedom of hang gliding.

I also run a few times a week, - I’m still relatively hopeless, and quite enjoy growing tomatoes, chillies and potatoes! 

 

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David Johnson

Sales Director

Please introduce yourself and your role at Integration Technology:

I am David Johnson, Sales Director for Integration Technology. I am responsible for the Sales functions of the company and look after our team of team of Business Development Managers and the internal Sales Support Team. My role is to try and assist in the sales process wherever that is needed, whether that be Technical or Commercial Support to the Sales Guys or helping to specify new products or directly supporting customers in meetings onsite and online. Overall, our aim is to provide good products and great customer service.  

 

How long have you been at Integration Technology, and has your role changed?

I joined the company on 1st December 2001, when the company was in its infancy, at that time was Global Accounts Director, but at that stage in the company’s development we basically did any job that needed doing, everything from Technical Support, to Shipping, to Deliveries and making the Tea. As the company has evolved I have reverted to my normal role of Sales and taken the title of Sales Director, although I still spend a lot of time helping and supporting Customers and the team at Integration Technology with application issues. 

 

What do you enjoy about your role within Integration Technology?

Meeting people from different backgrounds and geographic regions, promoting UV curing in all its guises and of course our products and services. Call me a bit of a Nerd, but UV is still exciting and we come across new challenges every day in different industries this makes it interesting. The advent of UV LED is making UV Curing processes accessible to industries that previously could not be accomplished with conventional UV Lamp technology.

 

Why do you think customers choose Integration Technology?

Integration Technology is a pioneering, innovative company, with an in depth understanding of UV curing applications. We offer a range of product options from our standard off the shelf product, a tailored standard product, finally we will also undertake bespoke applications where a normal UV solution is not applicable and a completely novel design is required. Our aim is to remain flexible in our designs and products.

 

About you:

I am lucky to live in the English countryside in a small village, we have a pub, a small shop and two churches. The local roads are a Cycling paradise, in the countryside with few cars and sometimes it doesn’t even rain,  so I spend some time doing that. My wife and I have a Motorhome which we enjoy taking it away to different areas with our 2 dogs and exploring. I am also a qualified Yacht skipper and we sometimes charter yachts in nice areas of the world. And to really get away from all the stresses of life Fishing, a couple of hours sitting quietly by a river or lake is just what the Doctor ordered to de-stress and recharge the batteries and if that is combined with camping so much the better.

 

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Koen Santegoeds

Business Development Manager

Please introduce yourself and your role at Integration Technology:

I am Koen Santegoeds, Business Development Manager for Integration Technology. I work alongside with our Management team, and our partner company IST Metz. My role is to serve our existing accounts, find new markets and new UV applications. My operating area is mainly Europe, and I also support globally activities. My goal, is that Integration Technology will be seen as the ideal partner, for any customer that is integrating UV technology.

 

How did your journey with Integration Technology begin?

I joined Integration Technology in 2016. After working 15 years in the offset printing industry, I have decided to switch jobs. It all started when I was joining the JGAS exhibition at the Tokyo Big Site. There I met David Johnson, Sales Director for Integration Technology. They were looking for a BDM in Europe. To be honest it was a nice conversation, but what can you do with UV? After some research, I found out that the UV business was not only growing a lot, but also the markets/applications where you can use UV technology are almost unlimited. 

 

What do you enjoy about your role within Integration Technology?

The markets we are operating in are very diverse. One day you are working for the wood industry, the next day for the printed electronics, or disinfection, and so on… . Together with a great team from Integration Technology we are fulfilling our customer’s needs. It is really satisfying to explore new markets and solutions that lead to great corporations and new innovations. It is never boring.

 

Why do you think customers choose Integration Technology?

As an Innovative company like Integration Technology, we are always pioneering and searching for new UV markets and applications. In these days, there are more demands of special products and customisation. The industry has to be flexible in changing their processes quickly. Integration Technology has the capability to think with the customer and come to right solution that leads to greater products, processes, and cost savings. For us, a customer is a partner.

 

About you:

I’m happily married with Jolanda, and we have two great kids. I like traveling, playing tennis, cycling, and going out with my metal detector. I also like to relax with a good glass of red wine at the fireplace reading a book.

 

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Lizzie Bentley

Sales Support Manager

Please introduce yourself and your role at Integration Technology:

I am Lizzie Bentley, the Sales Support Manager for Integration Technology. I work alongside our team of Business Development Managers (BDM’s) and our partner company IST’s sales team. My role is to make sure our team is meeting the business and customers’ needs, from processing orders, shipping, and technical support. Overall, it is about making sure as an organisation we are providing a great level of customer service to both external and internal customers.

 

How long have you been at Integration Technology, and has your role changed?

I joined Integration Technology in 2007 as an office junior, I’ve been very lucky that I have managed to gain a lot of experience by working within different areas of the business, so I could gain a full understanding of how the company runs. Over time I moved into the sales team, deciding this is the area of the business I enjoyed working within the most.

 

What do you enjoy about your role within Integration Technology?

I really enjoy my role as it is so varied, most of my time is spent directly with customers or our sales team, but I also really enjoy the “behind the scenes” work with our production and engineering team. It’s nice to see both sides of the coin and see the hard work being put in has a positive impact on our customers experience.

 

Why do you think customers choose Integration Technology?

Integration Technology is a pioneering, innovative company, with an in depth understanding of UV curing applications. We offer a range of product options from our standard off the shelf product, to a tailored standard product and we also collaborate on special projects with our customers. With this approach we can be flexible and work alongside our customers instead of just selling a UV system.

 

About you:

When I am not at work, I am kept busy with my children. I am a big Formula 1 fan, so any Sunday a Grand Prix is on I can be found watching it, and if I have any spare time left over, it is spent socialising with my friends.

 

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