STAFF PROFILE | RON HORNE
Staff Profile | Ron Horne
What is your role with TLISC?
Senior Training Package Specialist – Rail
When did you join the transport and logistics industry and what have you done?
I joined the T&L sector 38 years ago as a third generation railway worker and have worked in operational roles within rail transport for twenty years, finance sector, road transport and supply chain management as an educator and manager.
How did you become part of the VET industry?
I left the T&L industry in the late-90s, after twenty years in the rail sector, but was recruited back a few years later once industry changes meant the need for risk compliance experienced educators were needed at the start of nationally recognised VET education system, in 1999. My focus was on national projects within the transport sector over four years then returned to a T&L manager’s role working on international and national capability pathway projects.
Tell us about your work-life before TLISC.
Prior to joining TLISC, I worked for one of Australia’s oldest not-for-profit T&L RTOs on WHS and risk mitigation programs. These programs were both accredited and non-accredited across the whole supply chain. In my compliance role I oversaw six successful audits, demonstrating the compliance burdens on industry today.
What training and eduacation have you undertaken?
I was not the best ‘school’ student during my formative years; never really getting on with the system. My lifelong learning didn’t start until I began working. Today, I am still learning, and am always enrolled in something to ensure my currency within this industry sector. Looking back, I have learned more from people that I have ever learnt from teachers! Nonetheless along the way, my education habits include a number of VET diploma qualifications as well as academic degrees in logistics, education and business management.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Never stop learning.”
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Industry consultation, working with stakeholders to remove workplace barriers. And succeeding.
How do you spend your time away from work?
My time away from work is spent with my family in Adelaide and working on my favourite project, my son.
Cake or ice cream OR mountains or ocean?
I like Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain.