Merry Manton is the latest recipient of the Trish Pickering Memorial Award, presented by Transport Women Australia Limited (TWAL) at its end of year breakfast in Brisbane yesterday.
Sponsored by Wes Pickering, the award was first bestowed in 2019 and is given to a woman for continuous contribution to the transport and logistics industry.
It is based on four pillars of strength, leadership, being a role model and encouragement of others.
TWAL chair Jacquelene Brotherton says Manton, a former TWAL chair herself from Queensland, is a very deserved recipient.
Manton has dedicated over four decades to the trucking industry, towards road safety and improving the industry for drivers, working to improve the image, and devoting her time to be a leader and role model.
“She strives to attract young people to our industry and still devotes her time to assist in the organisation [TWAL],” added Brotherton.
“We congratulate Merry on this well-deserved award as she is a very worthy recipient, and we were proud as an association to be able to recognise such a worthy industry advocate.”
New TWAL board member Annastasia Denigan, the East Coast HSEQ manager at Qube Bulk in Brisbane, was also introduced at the Brisbane event.
Denigan and Sanjeeta Aggarwal, of Sydney, were two new additions to the the TWAL board named at the recent AGM.
They join Brotherton as chair, Coralie Chapman as vice chair, True Ross-Sawrey as company secretary and Di Caldwell-Smith, Penne Murphy, and Simone Reinertsen as directors.
Aggarwal is the Ambassador of Women in Leadership Network at Transport for NSW and has Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Commerce.
“She is already a member of our governance subcommittee and involved in many activities in her local community,” said Brotherton.