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.