Women Moving Australia Case Studies
Name: Belinda Polglase
What is your job title?
Which company/organisation do you work for?
All Purpose Transport (APT)
Job description (in 25 words or less!):
Coordinating TAFE level qualifications for all our staff and owner drivers, managing the Sales Team, managing functions and events, and various other projects.
What studies have you undertaken?
Bachelor of Business – HR (Griffith University), Bachelor of Arts – Japanese (Griffith University), Advanced Diploma of Management (MSIT – TAFE Qld), Crestcom Bulletproof Manager
Tell us about your experience in the transport & logistics industry.
My parents started All Purpose Transport in our family home 40 years ago when I was just 2 years old so I have grown up surrounded by all things transport and was a regular feature helping with clerical duties in the office growing up. Once I was old enough to drive I would often be found making deliveries, during our busiest times of year, and when I was on University holidays. I have been at APT fulltime now for 18 years and have gained vast experience by working in various roles and parts of the business from Customer Service, Fleet Management and Warehousing before working my way up to my first Divisional Management role of our Parcel Delivery Business. From there I transitioned over to Head Office as Administration / Finance Manager before I moved into my current role of Project Manager.
Which other industries have you worked in?
Travel Industry – Travel Consultant at Flight Centre, Hospitality Industry, Executive Recruitment
What is the best career advice you have received?
Communicate well and listen to your people, but when you have to make the hard decision, just do it.
Best advice to give:
Educate yourself and ask questions – In any role, it is much easier to make good decisions when you have all the information.
It’s a bad day when:
I succumb to chocolate when I am on a deadline.
It’s a good day when:
I see the proud happy faces of my staff and owner drivers when they receive their framed TAFE qualification.
What direction do you see yourself heading in the future?
As the second generation of APT, I would like to ensure that APT continues to prosper for generations to come by maintaining our family values, strong work ethic and customer service.
Who are your role models?
My parents. They showed my brothers and I what can be achieved through great people, dedication, good money management, and hard work. They created this business based on a set of core values which the business still embraces today including Best People = Best Business.
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, what do you do?
With 4 young children I’m lucky to get free time but when I do, I love to read.
Sunrise or sunset?
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