Women Moving Australia Case Studies
Name: Anna Kerrison
What is your job title?
Which company/organisation do you work for?
Patrick Port Botany – Sydney Autostrad Terminal
Job description (in 25 words or less!):
I run a team of Autostrad robotic cranes. Production Managers optimise terminal efficiency by managing the systems and equipment that move containerised freight between shipping, road and rail operations.
What studies have you undertaken?
Over the years I have enrolled in several VET qualifications including Cert IV Trainer /Assessor which led me into some fantastic training across various industries. My undergrad university studies were in Marketing, Spanish and Psychology and I’m now half way through a Masters in International Development, which is all about developing countries. I’m interested in the plight of Seafarers so I focus my assignments on that issue when I can.
Tell us about your experience in the transport & logistics industry.
I’ve worked in various roles, with a heavy focus on Learning & Development, Employee Engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility in road transport and now ports. I recently managed a team of Workplace Trainers at Patrick, most of whom have been stevedores for 20 years or more so that was extremely rewarding, educational and a real career highlight for me. By far the most surprising role is the one I do now. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d be sitting in a control tower overseeing the inputs and outputs of a major container port. It’s challenging and rewarding in equal parts and I feel very privileged to be working with home grown, world class port technology.
Which other industries have you worked in?
Aside from Transport & Logistics where I’ve spent most of my career, I’ve worked in the Not for Profit sector, manufacturing and engineering industries.
What is the best career advice you have received?
Whatever job you do right now, do your best at it each day. Even if it’s not your dream job, there is always a next step and that next step may take you by surprise.
It’s a bad day when:
You run out of milk for a cup of tea.
It’s a good day when:
Friends make you smile.
What direction do you see yourself heading in the future?
I’m really happy where I am right now, but I’m also excited to watch the world take up port automation in the coming years and I look forward to seeing what opportunities that may bring for automation training across the globe.
Who are your role models?
Jane Caro for her down to earth and entertaining approach to gender and other issues of equality and Adam Liaw, for being such a charismatic yet understated celebrity chef. And my brother, Tim Kerrison, who is also very humbly successful.
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, what do you do?
30 mins isn’t enough time to do most things I like to do so I’d have to say lie in the sun, stare at the ocean or cook my favourite chicken and leek soup.
Sunrise or sunset?
Sunrise, wherever possible!
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