Award winner says lots of opportunity for women in trucking
WHILE Thomasin Keogh endured an exhausting health battle, she refused to let the ordeal get in the way of her work as human resources manager at Wickham Freight Lines.
This dedication and passion for the trucking industry has recently earned her national recognition.
Miss Keogh was named as a recipient of the QTA/Daimler emerging leaders scholarship at an awards ceremony in Brisbane at the weekend.
While she was the only woman awarded the scholarship alongside four men, she said there were more women working in trucking than people thought there were.
Miss Keogh said women held positions as truck drivers, mechanics and other roles.
"The industry is growing and there's a lot of opportunity for males and females, it's not just truck drivers,” she said.
"We have women in leadership positions in our business so the opportunities are endless to get into the industry.”
Miss Keogh will now receive personal coaching and financial assistance to reach her leadership goals.
She said the trucking industry was constantly changing but it was full of down-to-earth people from the top down.
"Everyone is liking what they do, which is why I wanted to be part of it,” she said.
"The technology that's being introduced now into the future is incredible.”
Miss Keogh hopes to one day work with policy makers to address challenges in the industry, including encouraging more young people to get involved.
Athol Carter from Frasers Livestock Transport was also awarded the scholarship.