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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 experience

Feb 2008Present


Education Queensland

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

Feb 2008Dec 2008

Visual Art Teacher - Junior School

Earnshaw State College

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

Sep 2006Jan 2007

Postal Services Officer - Retail

Australia Post - Business Centre

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

Jul 2003Sep 2006

Shift Manager/Planner

Patrick General Stevedoring


  • 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.


  • 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 2001Jul 2003

Shift Manager/Planner

Patrick General Stevedoring


  • 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.


  • 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 1999Mar 2001

Operations Manager

Patrick General Stevedoring


  • 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 1996Mar 1999

Grade 3 Operational

P&O Ports (now POAGS)


  • 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 1993Jun 1994

Editor Alumni Magazine

University of San Diego, California


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

Branch Manager

P&O Ports (now POAGS)


  • 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


Jacqui Herbert

Juliette Sperber

Suzanne Fletcher


Dec 1994Present


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 2010Dec 2010

Certificate IV Business

Career Employment Australia (RTO)

Core Subjects:

  • Identifying Business Opportunities                                  Business Planning
  • Business Structure and Legal Issues                              Marketing
  • Operations                                                                              Finances
Feb 2007Dec 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 2001Dec 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