STAFF PROFILE | ROBERT ADAMS

Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council › Staff Profile | Robert Adams

Staff Profile | Robert Adams

Robert Adams


What is your role with TLISC?
Chief Executive Officer

When did you join the transport and logistics industry and what have you done?
I first worked in the transport and logistics industry in 1999 as a Management Consultant in the Rail Sector. I developed and implemented a Resource Allocation Process for Rail Services Australia to enable more effective management and deployment of key technical and specialist staff across multiple projects. In 2000 I joined TNT Australia and performed a number of senior management roles in the Human Resource function. I had responsibility for development and execution of key strategies including Organisational Development, Leadership Development, Succession Planning, Talent Management and Business Improvement activities. I had organisational budget responsibility for training and managed a national Learning & Development Team. In 2007 and 2010 TNT won the Australian HR Awards for ‘Learning & Development Strategy’.

During my employment with TNT I joined the board of TLISC firstly as a Director and then was Chair from 2006 until my appointment as CEO in 2011. In the role with TLISC I was an active participant in VET policy development and implementation and developed productive relationships with key industry stakeholders, peak industry associations and senior government representatives in both Transport and Logistics, and VET areas.

How did you become part of the VET industry?
While working for Carlton & United Breweries I studied Adult Education at University of Technology, Sydney and was promoted into a role with responsibility for Learning and Development. I was passionate about the value of organisations investing in their people to enable improved workplace culture and productivity. I have been involved in VET reform initiatives from both an employer and ISC perspective since 2000.

Tell us about your work-life before TLISC.
I joined the Brewing Industry after completing my secondary education and had many roles across a range of functions before moving into a Learning and Development role. I had a key role in implementing a highly successful cultural renewal program over a number of years which included the creation and implementation of new team based organisational structure. A highlight of my career in the brewing industry was being selected to be a member of a Fosters Brewing Senior Management World Study Tour where I had the opportunity to visit leading global businesses in China, US and United Kingdom.

What training and eduacation have you undertaken?
Diploma of Adult Education, Value Based Management Program & AICD Company Directors Course

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Make sure you learn from your mistakes so that you don’t repeat them (after all, we are all human)

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Working with a highly talented team achieving great outcomes for the industry

How do you spend your time away from work?
Spending quality time with my growing family (2 grandsons) and watching sport

Cake or ice cream OR mountains or ocean?
Ice cream & ocean