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Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Committee (TLWAC) member biographies

The Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Committee (TLWAC) includes the following members:

Dale Acton, Woolworths Limited

Dale Acton

As the State Manager of Supply Chain (Queensland), Dale is a member of the executive team for Woolworths Limited and has been a valued member of the Big W, Woolworths and Transport functions across Australia for more than 30 years. With this experience comes a pragmatic approach and the ability to apply a commercial lens in his role and more broadly.

Dale is often sought out for projects, in a mentoring capacity and to provide insight across the business. 

During his time with Woolworths Limited, Dale has implemented a culture of continuous improvement, always looking for ways to enhance the service to his customers and team members.

Dale holds a Master of Business Administration specialising in Supply Chain and a Bachelor of Commerce. He joined TLWAC to share his knowledge, to give back to the industry he feels very much a part of and to influence the supply chains of the future.

Rachel Allan, Wagners

Rachel AllanRachel joined TLWAC in August 2019 and brings a wealth of knowledge in human resources, having enjoyed a lengthy career with Wagners spanning more than 13 years. 

Rachel was appointed as Group Human Resources Manager in 2010 and has since been involved in several HR initiatives including international expansions, workforce scalability planning and organisational change. 

Rachel has substantial experience across workforce planning and recruitment within manufacturing and hospitality industries, having been involved in many large-scale recruitment drives, succession planning and talent management programs. 

Rachel's experience is coupled with an in-depth working knowledge of both Australian and New Zealand Employment regulations, laws and conditions. Rachel is passionate about developing future leaders, and long-term strategies that see improvements in retention, strengthened cultural growth, improved diversity and employee engagement within a workplace. 

Kieran Benfield, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Kieran Benfield

Kieran is passionate about Queensland’s Vocational Education and Training system and has worked in the sector since 2005 in a range of positions including with non-government organisations, in the VET investment function and for industry engagement bodies. More recently Kieran has worked in the education sector where he was responsible for strategic planning for the Department of Education. 

In late 2019 Kieran re-joined the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) as the Executive Director of the Customer Channels team and in this capacity joined TLWAC. Customer Channels is a new team that seeks to improve the department's engagement with its stakeholders through online and direct contact channels and through the implementation of a Digital Transformation Program. 

Through TLWAC, Kieran hopes to ensure that DESBT’s customer channels continue to meet the needs of the important transport and logistics industry and he looks forward to working with his other committee members and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Renata Berglas, Queensland Transport and Logistics Council

Renata BerglasPassionate about public policy, Renata began her career with the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation in the field of industry development, land use planning and engagement.

Working across a range of agricultural sectors, Renata went on to focus on Queensland’s largest agricultural export sector, beef, as the Director of Livestock Policy at AgForce Queensland Farmers. 

Refining her policy development and strategic thinking skills, Renata spent several years working in the agri-political and member engagement space and worked with rural organisations on state and national issues including transport and logistics, industry systems, biosecurity, land management and research.

Moving into transport and logistics policy as the CEO, Queensland Transport and Logistics council, Renata brings to the industry her passion and skills in facilitating industry/government relationships and developing pathways to achieve aligned goals.

Grant Craike, Caboolture Bus Lines

Grant CraikeGrant is Managing Director, Caboolture Bus Lines which he founded in 1988 following years of involvement in the transport industry. The family owned and operated business has been servicing Caboolture for more than 30 years and has a current fleet of 42 coaches, providing school transportation, urban and community-based services, charter and day tours.

Grant is involved in all aspects of business management and operations, including business development and planning. The company is committed to the safety of students travelling on their services and this led to the development of the 'Bus it safe' initiative which has been implemented at local schools. 

Over the years, Grant has successfully tendered for and managed the operations of transportation services for various regional events, including major sporting events. Grant has completed a University of Queensland Certificate in Transport Management and holds a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.

Lisa Fraser, Queensland Trucking Association

Lisa FraserAs the Membership Service Manager at Queensland Trucking Association (QTA), Lisa specialises in stakeholder engagement, relationship development and communication, and is responsible for delivering an agile, relevant and responsive membership service. 

Lisa is passionate about the road freight industry and has been involved in various projects including the rollout of the GenR8 Program, QTA Women Take the Wheel Program, Heavy Vehicle Safety Around Ports Project, and the DigiT&L Futures Project.

In 2012, Lisa was instrumental in establishing the first ever International Women’s Day event for women the transport and logistics sector in Australia and in 2018 developed the QTA Daimler Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program.

Lisa has been on the Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Committee since March 2018 and values the opportunity it presents to collaborate and develop relevant, industry-led training and skilling priorities.

Christina Heffner, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Christina HeffnerChristina, Executive Director of Governance, Freight and Partnerships is responsible for leading the development and implementation of policies and strategies relating to Queensland’s ports and multi-modal freight system. Christina is the Chair of the Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Committee.

Christina started with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) in February 2014, as the Director of Prosecution Services. During her time with TMR, Christina has held the roles of Executive Director of Heavy Vehicles and Prosecutions, Executive Director of Legislation and Standards and Executive Director of Rail Regulation. 

Christina previously worked for the Queensland Police Service as the G20 Principal Legal Officer, Commissioner’s legal and Prosecutor. Christina was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 2008 and holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Professional Studies.   

George Hodgson, Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia

George HodgsonGeorge is a highly accomplished and contemporary senior logistics professional with 20 years of experience leading diverse military and civilian teams. 

With an extensive background in operational and Lean Thinking logistics, George has been deployed working with the United Nations in East Timor and has also been a Commanding Officer of an operational Air Base. George is an active TLWAC committee member, frequently engaging with students through the Transfutures internship program to offer industry advice and experience. 

George holds the position of Queensland State President of the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia and is a strong advocate for mentoring future generations of logisticians to support their careers in the transport and logistics industry. He holds a Master of Business (Logistics) from RMIT University in Melbourne. 

Linda MacDonald, VET 4 T&L

Linda MacDonaldLinda MacDonald is an experienced marketing, communication and community engagement leader, with more than 20 years of experience across a range of industries, specialising in transport and logistics for the last decade. 

Linda manages VET 4 T&L, a transport and logistics industry engagement program established by the Queensland Trucking Association, which supports ongoing reform and operations of the vocational education and training system in Queensland. 

Linda was also recently commissioned to develop and lead a stakeholder engagement project to identify the priority skills needs, shortages, opportunities and challenges for the future workforce of the industry.

Previously with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and continuing to work on industry-driven capability programs across Queensland, Linda is seen as a leading authority on vocational education and training and workforce development practices for the Transport and Logistics Industry.

Sarah Muirhead, Queensland Bus Industry Council

Sarah MuirheadSarah has worked with the Queensland Bus Industry Council as their Member Services Officer since 2013, playing an integral role in advocacy and ensuring the voice of the industry is represented. Sarah provides advice and support to private bus and coach operators across Queensland, maintaining members' knowledge and understanding of legislation, and industry policy and practices.

Sarah comes from a bus industry and tourism background, after completing a bachelor degree in Ecotourism at Flinders University Sarah expanded her experience within the tourism and transport industry as a guide in some of Queensland's leading adventure destinations.

Sarah's recent roles also included several years as the Tour Manager for a South East Queensland Coach company, where she managed their day tour and extended coach tours.

Lisa Phommasane, Port of Townsville Limited

Lisa PhommasaneLisa is a qualified Human Resources professional with over 20 years of experience. She has honed her skills through her background in the mining and resources sector. 

Lisa's recent roles have focused on talent management, HR business partnering and project/studies at a company group level. Lisa's career has taken her to all corners of the world, and while she now calls Australia home, she's also held roles working in South East Asia, Papua New Guinea and West Africa. 

Lisa joined the Port of Townsville in July 2019 as their People and Culture Manager and has been involved with the Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Committee since this time. Lisa is passionate about ensuring future workforce demands are met to enable continual growth in the transport and logistics industry. 

Julie Russell, Russell Transport

Julie RussellJulie is a Director and third-generation family member of Queensland-based Russell Transport. Julie furthered her knowledge through university studies and on-the-ground, practical industry experience before returning to the family business to oversee all risk, compliance, human resources and back office support functions of the growing family business. 

In 2014, Julie was recognised as Queensland Trucking Association’s Woman of the Year, and then went on to win the Australian Trucking Association's National Woman of the Year title in 2015.

Julie has actively worked on numerous committees and boards within the road transport industry to provide a business perspective to policy proposals, training standards and industry awareness programs. Julie is a Board Director of the Australian Trucking Association and in October 2019 was appointed to the board of the National Heavy Vehicle regulator.

Peter Turner, Queensland Rail

Peter TurnerPeter is the Senior Manager of Capability Planning and Development with Queensland Rail. He joined the Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Committee in September 2018.

Peter has previously held senior roles with Transport for NSW, Sydney Trains and the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, with a focus on people and culture, workforce, state-wide business operations and infrastructure program management. 

As well as his career in government, Peter has many years' experience in private, public and not-for-profit sectors including defence, communication technology, training and employment industries. Peter's key passion is in delivering workforce sustainability in Queensland employers and employees. 

Last updated
03 September 2020