Anthony Thomas

Anthony Thomas

Summary

As an educator, multimedia journalist and social commentator, I have worn many hats in my work and social endeavors. I am happy to say that each lend unique insight to my primary objective of informing and challenging young minds.

With the assistance of colleagues I have designed and facilitated many learning extension programs that complement school curriculum throughout Australia and abroad.

Work History

Work History

Feb 2008 - Present

Teacher

Education Queensland

Contract Teaching - Visual and Manual Arts, English, SOSE, History and Understanding the Stock Market

Feb 2008 - Dec 2008

Visual Art Teacher - Junior School

Earnshaw State College

Contract relief for three (3) terms coordinating Junior School's Visual Art program.

Sep 2006 - Jan 2007

Postal Services Officer - Retail

Australia Post - Business Centre

Responsibilities: Customer relations and retail sales for Australia Post Business Centres.

Jul 2003 - Sep 2006

Shift Manager/Planner

Patrick General Stevedoring

Responsibilities:

  • Administer SHE management system in accordance with AS4801
  • Update and maintain OH&S and quality assurance to AS/NZ standards
  • Actively monitor implementation of and adherence to Safe Work Instructions
  • As site Contractor Manager I delivered site safety inductions to ensure compliance with Maritime Transport Security legislation and state OH&S legislation.
  • Perform daily labour allocation and determine plant & equipment requirements.
  • Identify, develop and coordinate in-house training programs in conjunction with National Training Manager
  • Post op consulting with accounting to ensure all chargeable delays and services have been reported as contracts.
  • Respond to client inquiries re: quality of service provision.
  • Liaise with PDI yards and transport operators.
  • Acting Operations Manager during annual leave of incumbent.

Achievements:

  • Attempted to standardized PCC and Sofrana planning strategies for ALL Shift Managers aimed at establishing consistent operational reporting  to better measure KPIs.
  • Elevated the ability of colleagues to meet time critical projects and operation targets by providing planning templates and Vessel Progress Reckoners.
  • Attempted to incorporate HACCP approach to PCC Performance to elevate quality of operations
  • Introduced various initiatives tailored to better servicing PCC clients (eg: use of protected broom for sweeping of lashings, ferry car ID system, established client email groups for planning staff to better manage communications)
  • Assisted Contractor Management Facilitator to draft an ‘Audit Tool' to monitor site contractor performance (January 2005)
  • Undergone current ‘Safetrac Legal Training' via Minter Ellison 2005
  • Insight gained during post graduate project work and NYK field trip to Singapore/Lam Chebang promoted concept of enhanced capacity planning to accommodate practical considerations of and where leverage points may exist in automotive distribution network.
  • NYK Sponsored Tour of Singapore and Lam Chebang Terminals 2005; Analysis led to Patrick Vertical Integration Strategies - Automotive Distribution 2004 as part of Graduate Project Work 2004
Mar 2001 - Jul 2003

Shift Manager/Planner

Patrick General Stevedoring

Responsibilities:

  • Vessel Planning and Terminal Management for AAA South Asia Service. Utilised SPARCs and OMS cargo management systems to monitor cargo traffic through terminal.
  • Performed daily labour allocation along with plant & equipment requisition to meet operational demands.
  • Liaised with incumbent mechanical contractors and National Maintenance Manager re: maintenance program for Patrick owned/leased equipment.
  • Supervision and fostered development of new employees via National Training Instruments.
  • Direct client liaison for setting proposed work programmes and subcontractor engagement as appropriate. Oversaw coordination between TasRail and Road Transport traffic to manage R&D ops.
  • Support role for Container Depot Operations Manager, Frank Piscioneri. Dealt with all aspects of yard management, quoting, invoicing and inspection quality assurance along with AQIS liaison.
  • Member of OH&S committee for each port and responsible for Operations Risk Management Initiative.

Achievements:

  • Headed up Risk Assessment Teams and SWI development in SAP (Safety Accountability Program) pilot programme as it pertained to Conventional Lo/Lo Ops.
  • Oversaw the drafting of first Safe Work Instructions for Container Repair and Depot Facility (to become benchmark for Patrick Port Services on mainland)
  • Lead project team in drafting Bell Bay Traffic Management Plan as part of Certificate III in Frontline Management.
  • Achieved highest Tasmanian score (2002) in obtaining IICL Container Inspection accreditation. - Patrick Container Depot, Bell Bay
  • Performance appraisals during this period highlight....., ability to communicate at all levels both internally and externally. Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and manage workflow well.
Mar 1999 - Mar 2001

Operations Manager

Patrick General Stevedoring

Responsibilities:

  • Oversaw allocation of daily labour requirements including inter hire from port labour pool. Also managed local HR issues and outport labour
  • Planning and supervision of bulk loading operations for ABB and spot clients. Also Grain Stability Calculations and AMSA/AQIS Liaison
  • Planning and supervision of bulk and breakbulk discharge operations for Hi-Fert, PIVOT, Incitec and spot clients.
  • Spot Quoting for ABB grain vessels in S.A. Ports until contract formed in 2000
  • Participated in compiling of vessel accounts and operational cost control
  • Delivered ALL new employee inductions, Drug and Alcohol Policy Education and coordinated in house competency based training
  • Plant and Equipment Inventory management of local asset register
  • Represented Patrick Adelaide at monthly Flinders Port Users Group Committee meeting with other port stake holders.
Mar 1996 - Mar 1999

Grade 3 Operational

P&O Ports (now POAGS)

Responsibilities:

  • Performed crane driving duties and equipment operation on bulk discharge operations and break bulk steel operations in Port Adelaide and outports
  • Performed PCC driver duties on export load/discharge along with RoRo Ops
  • Employee advocate on productivity forum
Jun 1993 - Jun 1994

Editor Alumni Magazine

University of San Diego, California

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinated production and distribution of International Student Alumni Magazine (fortnightly)
  • Edited copy and media.
  • Secured sponsored pieces and liased with other campus stakeholders
Jun 1990 - Jun 1991

Branch Manager

P&O Ports (now POAGS)

Responsibilities:

  • As Beaufort Shipping Agency representative provided vessel cost disbursements, husbandry services and agency on behalf of owners and/or charterers
  • Provided support for P&O Ports supervisory staff from Adelaide and performed local labour allocation of operational employees
  • Export Documentation processing and lodgement to government agencies
  • Administer and monitor Site’s SH&E Management System to comply with AS 4801
  • Transport and Storage Industry Action Plan 2004 – 2007 conversant with…
  • HACCP and SH&E Awareness to AS 4801 and 1999 Stevedoring Audit Report

Education

Education
Dec 1994 - Present

B.A.

University of Adelaide

Completed in 1994, the latter part of my communications major was undertaken at University of California, San Diego where I also served a term as editor of the International Alumni Magazine.

Feb 2010 - Dec 2010

Certificate IV Business

Career Employment Australia (RTO)

Core Subjects:

  • Identifying Business Opportunities                                  Business Planning
  • Business Structure and Legal Issues                              Marketing
  • Operations                                                                              Finances
Feb 2007 - Dec 2007

Grad Diploma

Queensland Institute of Technology

Core Subjects:

  • Professional Practice of Teachers                            Field Studies 1 & 2
  • Mathematical Understandings                                  Engaging Diverse Learners
  • Science & Technology                                                  Multi-literacies
  • Studies of Societies & Environments                        The Arts
Jan 2001 - Dec 2001

Certificate III

Chisholm Insitute of TAFE

Core Subjects:

  • Project management                                        Monitor safe workplaces
  • Implement Information Systems                    Promote innovation & best practice
  • Report on financial activity                                Foster leadership in workplace