Meet Leanne and Lotta – Technical Assistants

Feb 22, 2023

Leanne and Lotta from Rocky Bay Equipment are pictured creating seat covers for wheelchairs

Meet Leanne Shannon and Lotta Collier, Technical Assistants within the Rocky Bay Equipment team.

They have a very unique role at Rocky Bay and bring specialised skills to their jobs. As Technical Assistants, Leanne and Lotta create custom cushioning and cushion covers for wheelchairs, night time positioning cushions, or any piece that requires special covering – their finessing always putting a smile on our customers’ faces!

Leanne has been with Rocky Bay for over 10 years, and has 27 years of experience as an upholstery machinist; while Lotta has been Technical Assistant with Rocky Bay for eight years and comes from an administration background.

Get to know Leanne and Lotta, and their roles a little better, with our Q&A.

What does a typical day in your role as Technical Assistant involve?

Leanne & Lotta: We make covers for wheelchairs for our customers, for night-time positioning cushions and anything else that needs a cover! A typical day for me would be creating templates (for covers), cutting, sewing and quoting for the product.

Tell us more about your previous experience?

Leanne: I was an Upholstery Machinist for 27 years, and the last company I was with for 22 years was one of the top furniture companies in WA. The company produced high-end lounges and office furniture. We completed contracts for the QANTAS clubs at airports all over the world, plus a few casinos, hospitals and hotels.

I have experience with all different types of fabric, vinyl, and leather. My favourite to work with, and what I like, is leather.

Lotta: I have worked in various admin roles. I wanted to move away from a desk job and do something where there’s a tangible product at the end – and at Rocky Bay we’re making meaningful products, which makes it even better.

What do you love most about your role in Rocky Bay Equipment?

Leanne: Being able to make customers happy, being able to brainstorm ideas and trying to make the impossible possible.

Lotta: I love the variety of products we get to create, problem solving and knowing that the things we make improve people’s lives.

What do you love to do in your free time?

Leanne: I like to read. I’m into Numismatics (the study of coins and currency, including the collection of rare coins), and I do Gothic and Global Caravan Belly Dancing.

Lotta: I like all kinds of DIY and crafty things – I have lots of projects on the go at any point of time.

There’s a long standing kitchen renovation that might or might not ever come to an end! I’m sewing very long curtains at the moment and also making a jacket and knitting a jumper. I like to do pottery with my daughter and I have a weaving loom that I’m learning to use.

What are three things you can’t live without and why?

Leanne:

  1. My family and my dog
  2. My friends
  3. Quite time to relax and read a book

Lotta:

  1. My family and pets
  2. Coffee
  3. Sleeping in (when possible)
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