Leadership Team

Matthews Australasia is a family-owned business. Headquartered in Rowville, Victoria, we have branches all around Australia

With a strong, visionary leadership team, Matthews has evolved from a coding and labelling equipment provider to a solution partner of choice for manufacturing companies across Australia. The company has grown year on year by developing a culture of innovation and continuous improvement — in both our solutions and our people.

Our dedicated leadership team includes:

Managing Director: Lester Nichol

Lester has been involved with product identification and symbology since 1974, and at the helm of Matthews Australasia since it was formed in 1981 with just himself on board. He was part of the APNA (Australian Product Numbering Association), which introduced barcodes to Australia in 1978 and has been working with manufacturers ever since to ensure they derive a full business benefit from data-capture symbologies. Lester is still at the forefront of developing technologies globally, and a dynamic member of the Family Business Association (FBA). Actively involved with GS1 Australia, Lester was behind Matthews being a Foundation Partner in 2002 of the GS1 Australia Alliance Partner Program and a Founding Partner of the GS1 Supply Chain Knowledge Centre. He was also part of the Matthews’ team that led the first RFID, EPC Class 1 Gen 2 pilot in Australia. 

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General Manager, Operations: Mark Dingley

Mark, who holds a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) from RMIT University, joined Matthews in 1994. Since then, he has worked through different departments in various roles, beginning with customer service, then progressing through marketing, product management and software product development. Mark spearheaded developing iDSnet and its roadmap, making iDSnet an award-winning software that is used by manufacturing organisations across Australia and internationally. Actively engaged in the industry, Mark is also chairman of the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is actively involved with GS1 Australia. 

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Financial Controller: Deb Prpich

Deb joined Matthews when it was just a small company. As it’s grown, she’s been involved all facets of guiding its human and financial resources, to create the strong, resilient company it is today. Holding a Diploma Business and Accounting, Accounting and Business/Management, Debbie’s responsibilities include financial accountancy and human resources, as well as commercial, fleet and OH&S management.  

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Technical Support & Development Manager: Mario Soccio

Mario has been with Matthews since 1996. As the company’s product and service offerings have grown, so has his role. Mario was behind the 2005 launch of Matthews’ “Customer Care Journey”, which has provided an unparalleled commitment to product reliability and customer service. Matthews has continuously innovated in technical support, with the entire support operation underpinned by the industry’s most technically advanced electronic job-dispatch and recording system. In his most recent role, Mario has taken on the responsibility of technical training and development to keep our technicians and support engineers up-to-date on all the technologies.

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Technical Operations Manager: Andy Hecke

Andy comes to us with extensive industry experience and is responsible for the technical operations of Matthews Australasia. This includes all service delivery to our installed based as well as new installs. He is passionate about continuous improvement. LEAN and the Shingo Model are at the heart of Andy's approach to business and people. 

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We have offices around Australia and our expert sales and service engineers are available to help you with your application.

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