Pop­u­lar win­ner hum­bled by pres­ti­gious hon­our


TREVOR Dick­son ad­mits he’s not some­one who is gen­er­ally stuck for words.

“But this one stumped me,” he laughed, re­call­ing the mo­ment his name was read out as the win­ner of the 2018 ATA Cas­trol Vec­ton In­dus­try Achieve­ment Award

“I felt like such a ‘pre­tender’ espe­cially when you look at the peo­ple who have pre­vi­ously won: Les Bruzsa, Bob Wood­ward, Dave Coo­nan etc. They have done in­cred­i­ble things and have driven such mas­sive changes.”

Trevor, who is PACCAR parts man­ager tech­ni­cal sales, has been in the trans­port in­dus­try for close to 40 years and reck­ons he’s good for an­other 10 at least, and that’s largely be­cause he en­joys it so much.

“In that time I’ve been in­volved with the TMC pretty much from its out­set, ini­tially as a sup­plier’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive I guess,” he said. “In time I be­came an ad­vo­cate for it as I could see there was good value in the TMC and I could see value in us (PACCAR) be­ing there.”

“One thing I saw with the TMC was that it was tar get­ting a group of peo­ple – the ser­vice and parts side of the in­dus­try – who were des­per­ate for in­for­ma­tion and didn’t know how to, or couldn’t get, ac­cess to it.”

“We are parts and ser­vice peo­ple, I don’t re­ally need to talk to the fleet own­ers, I need to be talk­ing to the guys who fix the trucks. They are the peo­ple that mat­ter on a day to day ba­sis.”

Trevor added he doesn’t have the tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise of the Dave Coo­nans, Bob Wood­wards and Les Bruzsas of the in­dus­try.

“But I guess I have the ad­van­tage of be­ing within a cor­po­rate en­tity that has lots of good sys­tems and be­ing able to share that knowl­edge has given me the great­est sat­is­fac­tion I guess.”

One area he’s proud of has been work­place health and safety, ac­knowl­edg­ing the work and in­cred­i­ble un­der­stand­ing Bob Wood­ward, ATA’s chief en­gi­neer, has of the sub­ject.

“I don’t mean truck safety, I mean the safety of the work­shop staff and their work­place and their health and well-be­ing. That has greatly in­flu­enced me.

“It’s be­come one of those things for me. How does a small work­shop, with CoR and WH&S and all that, get ac­cess to the knowl­edge to be able to do those things; and then with train­ing and men­tor­ing and keep­ing staff. Once again, with all of those things, the cul­ture of their busi­ness has to change.”


HUM­BLED: Trevor Dick­son is thrilled to have his name along­side in­dus­try heavy­weights.

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