STAFF PROFILE | OLIVIA SHANAHAN

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Staff Profile | Olivia Shanahan

Olivia Shanahan


What is your role with TLISC?
Training Package Officer

When did you join the transport and logistics industry and what have you done?
I joined TLISC in April 2014, as a Training Package Officer bringing my skills and experience in project management, research and stakeholder engagement to the team. I have worked with the training package team to assist in the transition to new standards of all the training package material and also participated in a number of research projects, helping to inform TLISC management and industry on emerging trends and issues.

How did you become part of the VET industry?
When I joined TLISC

Tell us about your work-life before TLISC.
I have extensive project management and research skills, gained from working in both the not-for profit sector and the Federal Government as a project officer in Canberra. I am a volunteer intern with the Partnership Brokers Association and have worked on contracted research roles with organisations such as Impact Strategist and DFAT.

Also, I have worked and studied in China and Taiwan, and travelled to Ghana to convene international workshops with stakeholders.

What training and eduacation have you undertaken?
Bachelor of Security Analysis – Asia Pacific, graduating in 2011 with honours. I’ve also undertaken training in monitoring and evaluation and cross sector partnership building.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
I was once told that “all cats love fish, but fear to wet their paws”. I remind myself of this with every opportunity I see to make a difference for others and also within my own life.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I love collaborating with my workmates on research projects, training package projects and working to foster relationships across the transport and logistics sector.

How do you spend your time away from work?
Originally I hail from Canberra, however with a newly bought house in Melbourne, I’m kept busy renovating and landscaping. I enjoy spending extra time mountain biking, climbing mountains and baking. My mission is to read all the books on the Time ‘All-time 100 Novels’ by the end of 2016.

Cake or ice cream OR mountains or ocean?
I’d prefer to be high up in the mountains snow shoeing or skiing off piste than being near the ocean. Growing up in Canberra, I developed a keen appreciation for the outdoors and sense of adventure.