Young gun makes dad proud
THOMASIN (“just call me Thomi”) Keogh is a young woman going places in the road transport industry, a person for whom there are not enough hours in a day, nor days in a week.
Seemingly born with a steering wheel clasped firmly in her hands, the truckie’s daughter is now human resources manager at Queensland’s Wickham Freight Lines.
Working from the company’s Warwick headquarters – virtually at the junction of the Cunningham and New England highways – the 24-year-old is responsible for strategic planning and development and policy implementation, working with the company’s executive management team to formulate and deliver workplace policies for the company’s 400 employees.
Named as one of the Queensland transport industry’s young up-and-comers by the Queensland Trucking Association, she was recently presented with a QTA Daimler Emerging Leader Scholarship at its recent awards night.
The only female scholarship recipient in the five-strong winning group, she will be given tailored coaching sessions across a range of business disciplines from business management to marketing.
She will also be mentored by industry leaders and was given $1000 for leadership development.
Thomi has two professional goals in her sights: to encourage more women into the industry and to address ongoing change and plan for the challenges that will need to be faced.
“I believe we need more exposure to what the industry is becoming,” she said.
“The industry now requires so many more skillsets that weren’t needed five or 10 years ago. We’re moving into more and more technology with both hardware and software, social media marketing, workshop and mechanical innovation, finance, IT, HR – the list goes on.
“The industry can cater for women beginning their careers or starting a family. It’s very accommodating and generous to everyone involved, male or female.”
A University of Queensland graduate, Thomasin started with Wickham Freight as a human Resources officer almost two years ago.
“I knew I wanted to be in an HR position and I wanted to be in the transport industry. I have always been around trucks and heavily involved in the industry from a young age. My father, Graham Keogh, started driving trucks when he was 17,” she said.
“I really can’t imagine any other industry that’s any more exciting.”
Unlike many of us who call time when the clock hits knock-off hour, Thomasin takes her work home with her, gathering her paperwork and laptop to do a little bit more after dinner.
She is currently working on the development of a scholarship aimed at developing professionalism within the industry, with plans to roll it out at the start of the new year.
ROLE MODEL: Thomi can’t imagine a more exciting industry to work in.