Even though John West was let go by Mayne Nickless back in the mid 1990s, he still believes it was one of the best environments to learn the trade in which he has had so much success. In fact, he thanks them for enabling him to unleash the entrepreneurial
John West’s career was like any other committed young man’s; he started out at the bottom, worked hard and showed the drive and initiative to develop a leadership skillset that was invaluable to the company and his future career. When John first joined Mayne Nickless he unloaded trucks and drove forklifts before moving into a supervisory position.
“I worked my way through the businesses,” John says. “I was there for 20 years and ended up being GM Australia for the logistics division.”
In 1994 after a disagreement with his boss over a major 3PL contract, Mayne Nickless let John go. However there were no recriminations or regrets and he still holds a soft spot for the company.
“Mayne Nickless taught me my trade – it was where I developed my skills. When you look at this industry, there are not many people of a certain age who haven’t worked for them. They were a superb company and trainer.” The separation was a blessing. “I wouldn’t be in the position I am in now if I’d not parted ways with Mayne Nickless at that point in time,” John says as a matter of fact.
He dabbled in a range of projects and in 2000 formed DGL after seeing a niche in the storage and transportation of dangerous goods. He applied his expertise to contract logistics and