Eric moved from England to Australia in 1969 as a joiner and cabinet maker by trade. After spending six years in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), he moved to Queensland and started a construction company specialising in building car parks, pergolas, decks and patios. He later purchased a franchise business that focused on selling standard four-post shade structures. Recognising unfulfilled needs in the shade market, he sold his franchise in 1996 and started Advanced Shade Systems Queensland Pty Ltd.
Using the knowledge obtained from the franchise business, Eric started designing and installing shade sail systems. The manufacturing component of these shade systems were outsourced for the first three months after the business started. After the first three months, Eric and Lorraine decided to start manufacturing the sails themselves in order to obtain greater quality control over the production process. From that day on, Advanced Shade Systems has continued to evolve and adapt to new customer needs, new products and new opportunities.
Eric’s high quality expectations, attention to detail, and his passion for the industry continue to feed the business and its growth. Eric is also passionate about gardening, rugby and motor sports.
Recent Industrial design graduate, passionate about creating a positive impact on the way we live through sustainable and innovative solutions. During her studies, Priya was fortunate to travel to Asia to see products being manufactured at factories, tour design companies and collaborated with Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students. She is responsible for creating and proposing shade designs using CAD software and realistic renders to visualise concepts.
Shane is the financial manager of the company, beginning work with Advanced Shade Systems in April 2017. Shane is qualified in both accounting and IT, and has over 10 years experience in administration positions, bringing a wealth of skills and experience to our business.
Tracy is one of our company's best all-rounders. Over the years Tracy has been involved in installation, manufacturing and administration. Her hands-on approach is of great value to our organisation.
Lorraine has been in the shade system industry for as long as Eric and is also the co-founder of Advanced Shade Systems. Lorraine has been the production manager here since the business started, and is also our quality manager. Her long-term dedication to the business has seen the company and its staff through promising and hard times. She is highly respected by all of our employees, suppliers and customers.
Kristina is our in-house production assistant. Working hard in our warehouse, Kristina assists with the cutting and sewing of our shade sails ready to be installed.
Over the years Kym has been a great benefit to the company as a production asssitant. She helps Lorraine in whatever tasks need doing in order to ensure the best quality product is achieved. Kym has a broad knowledge of the industry and is very dedicated to the company.
Gary is the site foreman for our company and has been with us for almost 10 years. Gary has an advanced knowledge of the shade industry and can make any design come to life. He is highly renowned by our clients and within the construction industry.
Peter is the senior Installer for our company.