STAFF PROFILE | SALLY WAGNON
Staff Profile | Sally Wagnon
What is your role with TLISC?
Manager, Marketing and Communications
When did you join the transport and logistics industry and what have you done?
I joined the industry when I came on board with TLISC in 2012. My role is to promote TLISC and the industry more broadly. There are so many incredible stories to be uncovered and told – I don’t think the average Joe really has any idea about the depth and breadth of our industry.
How did you become part of the VET industry?
My first foray into the world of VET was at the age of 18 when I enrolled in an Associate Diploma of Hospitality Management at the Canberra Institute of Technology. I eventually articulated to university and now I find myself back in the VET space but in an entirely different role. Promoting the benefits of vocational education and training is one of my favourite parts of the job.
Tell us about your work-life before TLISC.
I’ve worked across a handful of industries but the scale has varied greatly. Hospitality both in Australia and abroad; real estate – from an ASX listed property trust under Deutsche Bank to single-handedly running Allhomes (prior to its acquisition by Fairfax); and a combination of office management, executive assistant and communications roles across two industry skills councils. These industries appear disparate, however, engaging with people and upholding excellent customer service is the philosophy tying them all together.
What training and eduacation have you undertaken?
- Advanced Certificate in Hospitality – Canberra Institute of Technology
- Bachelor of Business – La Trobe University
- Foundation certification PRINCE2 – Adaptive Frameworks
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Never let perfect get in the way of better.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Getting out in the field and meeting the people who make up our industry. Their stories have made me laugh and cry. I often find myself surprised and inspired by the unorthodox paths some of them have taken to be part of the transport and logistics industry.
How do you spend your time away from work?
On any given day you’ll find me hiking, reading, knitting/crocheting, volunteering for my beloved roller derby league (Canberra Roller Derby League) or simply enjoying homebody time with my husband and daughter. When I have big blocks of time away from work, I love to travel – within Australia or further afield (France and the United States are two destinations I will never tire of). Every place I visit, whether it’s for a night or a month – I make it my personal goal to turn the experience into an exercise in discovery.
Cake or ice cream OR mountains or ocean?
Mountains (overlooking the ocean would be fine, but I don’t care for sand between my toes).