Billie Jean Raahauge – Women Moving Australia

Women Moving Australia Case Studies Name: Billie Jean Raahauge Job title? Deckhand Company/organisation? Employed by Merinda River Cruises – Batemans Bay Job description (in 25 words or less!): Working as part of a small operation means Billie-Jean juggles many different tasks on any given day – from traditional deckhand duties, to assisting the vessel’s Master and ensuring passengers are well looked after. The role of a Deckhand is typically an entry level position which offers work on a wide range of vessels including: ferries, trawlers, dredgers, customs patrol vessels, fisheries patrol boats and pilot vessels. Like Billie-Jean, most Deckhands work closely with the Master/Engineer to ensure the safety of the vessel, passengers and crew. Awards, qualifications and career plans? The winner of the 2015 TLISC Award for Excellence – Trainee of the Year, Billie-Jean Raahauge. is a well-known member of the Bateman’s Bay community, having worked in the town’s maritime industry for over 20 years. She currently works as a Deckhand aboard the local ferry ‘Escapade’ and she is on-track to fulfil her dream of one day becoming a fully qualified Master. The judges of the 2015 TLISC Awards for Excellence pointed to Billie-Jean’s “exceptional determination” as one of the primary reasons why she was named the 2015 TLISC Trainee of the Year. In addition to raising her children, Billie-Jean has successfully completed qualifications in Marine Engine Driving – Grade 1 and Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal – all while juggling family and work. Billie Jean has also been the recipient of a TLISC Mick Young Scholarship, which assisted her in completing her Maritime studies. In 2015,...

Rebecca Warren – Women Moving Australia

Women Moving Australia Case Studies Name: Rebecca Warren What is your job title? Specialist HR Projects and Improvements Which company/organisation do you work for? Roy Hill Job description (in 25 words or less!): My role is newly created and is focussed on developing and implementing new initiatives or improvements relating to people. What studies have you undertaken? My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Business (major in IR & HR) – most of which I completed part-time as I was working full-time; I then completed a Graduate Diploma in Law and later a Masters in OHS. I am also a 2014 Alumni of the Signature Leadership Program; a 10 month experiential leadership development program which is run by Leadership WA. The Signature Leadership Program was a unique experience from which I learned about current issues facing WA; reflected on my own leadership journey and style and gained new perspectives from my peers (who were an equal mix of professionals from Government, not-for-profit and the corporate sectors). Tell us about your experience in the transport & logistics industry. I started in the industry with Brambles Industrial Services as a Management Trainee in Newcastle, NSW. The traineeship was a unique opportunity where we were given the opportunity to drive trucks, forklifts, cranes and other mobile equipment; whilst studying at university. In my first 3 years I obtained a range of tickets and licences, including dogman; forklift; loader; skid steer; crane operator and HR then HC truck licences; and I then got experience in other operational and support roles. When I graduated I was offered a role in the Brambles Australasia head office in North Sydney as...

Belinda Polglase – Women Moving Australia

Women Moving Australia Case Studies Name: Belinda Polglase What is your job title? Project Manager 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...

Jan Becker – Women Moving Australia

Women Moving Australia Case Studies Name: Jan Becker What is your job title? CEO and Director, Becker Helicopter Services Pty Ltd Which company/organisation do you work for? Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy and Associated Companies. I am also a Midwife who works at Sunshine Coast Private Hospital and a Volunteer Midwife in Tanzania. Board member for: Helicopter Association International USA Prince Charles Hospital | QLD Health Cherish Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (Deputy Chair) Job description (in 25 words or less!): My role is to drive the strategic goals of the company, oversee the regulatory and compliance issues, and manage our systems and finances to ensure the company’s fleet of 18 helicopters can stay in the air. What studies have you undertaken? I hold a Masters in Aviation Management, a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Registered Midwife and I hold a Commercial Helicopter Pilots Licence. I have also attended Harvard, in Boston USA for residency school on Leadership and Innovation. I am currently completing a Ph. D. Tell us about your experience in the transport & logistics industry. I grew up in Singapore. My father was involved in the aerial transport of Air fast in Asia. He is a 17,000 fixed wing agriculture pilot himself. My brother is a licenced aeronautical engineer and pilot. My husband, Mike Becker, is a 15,000 hour helicopter pilot. I was destined to have a role in air transport. In the early 1990’s I worked as a Midwife in the remote areas of PNG often getting in and out of remote areas by helicopter. We came back to Australia and established Becker Helicopters in 1995. In 2000 when I...

Rachel Bacon – Women Moving Australia

Women Moving Australia Case Studies Name: Rachel Bacon What is your job title? B2 CASA Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Which company/organisation do you work for? Qantas Job description (in 25 words or less!): Maintain, inspect, repair, test and troubleshoot electrical, instrument and radio systems and their components. What studies have you undertaken? I completed an apprenticeship and Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics) and for my B2 a Diploma in Aeroskills (Avionics). I am currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Tell us about your experience in the transport & logistics industry. It is extremely rewarding to know that the work that we do ensures thousands of people each and every day make it to their destinations or home to their loved ones safely. Which other industries have you worked in? Whilst studying I worked in retail and I soon realised I was not a ‘people person’, I also worked in hospitality (because who doesn’t love food?) but was told I was “eating all the profits”. I am really grateful for the experience and it makes me appreciate how much I love working in aviation. What is the best career advice you have received? Work hard and be so good you that become indispensable. Best advice to give: Be better than the person you were yesterday. It’s a bad day when: You don’t get a chance to have breakfast (or a cup of coffee) until after midday. It’s a good day when: You see the aircraft you’ve been working on taxi, take off and fly away. What direction do you...