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Inspiring women: Katrina Burns

  • From the July 2018 issue.
Inspiring women: Katrina Burns

In a monthly feature, Trailer Magazine, together with Women in Industry, will recognise a woman of note who is relentless in working to make the transport industry a better place. This month we speak to Katrina Burns.

In a monthly feature, Trailer Magazine, together with Women in Industry, will recognise a woman of note who is relentless in working to make the transport industry a better place. This month we speak to Katrina Burns.

Q. What first drew you to the commercial road transport industry?

It’s an industry that is a vital part of our daily life that is ever-changing. It holds numerous opportunities to enter the industry with both challenges and rewards along the way.

Q. What does a standard day for you look like?
A standard day involves reporting and monitoring various aspects, including incident reporting, vehicle maintenance compliance and driver fatigue checks. It also involves process checks as part of our many accreditations to ensure year-round compliance.

Q. What has been a highlight for your career so far?
A highlight has been gaining increased and consistent compliance results for our accreditations through developing our daily processes. Another highlight was being nominated in two categories for the 2017 Women in Industry Awards.

Q. What is the best thing about the transport industry?
The industry is constantly growing to meet the changing demand of the market and this brings new challenges in the way we operate and strive to become better. Transport is an area where there will always be a need and has the ability to foster strong careers within the field.

Q. What do you think could be improved?
Compliance within the industry is always in need of improvement, which has already seen some developments. A demanding industry requires greater focus on safety and ensuring our practices have staff and the general public home safe at the end of each day.

Q. What do initiatives like the Women in Industry Award/Conference mean to you?
These initiatives are such an important celebration of what women can achieve. It’s a chance to put a spotlight on innovations and hard work by women, particularly those who strive to improve their respective industry and encourage other women to follow.

Q. How can people and companies in the transport industry better promote it as a career choice for women?
It needs to be publicised and spoken about as ‘the new norm’. Many women hold transport-related roles that see them at the forefront of businesses and this needs to be seen as something that any woman can do.

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