The 2019 Women in Industry Awards was held last night at The Park in Melbourne, celebrating the women who lead, energise and inspire in their respective roles across various sectors including road transport.
Prime Creative Media Publisher, Christine Clancy, opened the event, stating that the business case for creating a workplace where women can thrive has never been stronger.
“At the micro level, data shows that companies with greater representation of women in leadership positions is associated with increased productivity.
“Studies in the US have found that greater gender balance among corporate leaders is associated with higher stock values and greater profitability.
“It is also found firms with mixed gender boards tend to out-perform all-male boards, and that Fortune 500 companies with the highest proportion of women on their boards performed significantly better than firms with the lowest proportion,” she said.
The Excellence in Road Transport award recognises an individual who has gone above and beyond to improve and positively impact the Australian road transport industry.
Master of Ceremonies and popular TV and radio personality, Leah McLeod, presented the Excellence in Road Transport Award to Sondra Kremerskothen, Linfox Australia Group Manager Training.
Kremerskothen manages 30 trainers, administrators and managers across five sites throughout Australia. She has seen an opportunity to change culture and behaviours within the industry by upskilling Linfox operational trainers to influence positive employee behaviour and attitude.
By modernising training, Kremerskothen was able to improve safety and productivity while meeting compliance requirements.
Linfox has reportedly increased compliance by over 100 per cent in the past 18 months. Kremerskothen also leads a female-driven program, which trains and licenses women to be heavy vehicle drivers.
“I am a group trainer and I have been fortunate enough to be employed by Linfox, a fantastic employer. I have a great group of trainers who have developed a passion to change behaviour on Australian roads,” said Kremerskothen in her award acceptance speech – adding that her team is especially passionate about improving road safety for heavy vehicle operators.
Kremerskothen also actively encourages women to join the road transport industry. She praised the success of a female driver training program, which is a joint initiative made possibly by Linfox, Volvo Group Australia, Wodonga TAFE, Australia Post and Transport Women Australia Limited (TWAL).
“We now have 14 women ‘through the doors’ and actually driving for Australia Post and Linfox – these women are amazing,” she said. “It’s incredible to see where they have come from; they’re all mums with adult children who just want to come to work, get the job done well and get home safely.”
The finalists for the 2019 Excellence in Road Transport award were:
The panel of judges for this year’s event: Andrea Sosa Pintos (CSIRO), Gita Pendharkar (RMIT University), Jacquelene Brotherton (Transport Women Australia Limited) and Kushla Egan (WORK180).