NTI inducts two Faces of Transport winners into Hall of Fame


Spotlight shines on the people making a difference to Australian transport

NTI inducts two Faces of Transport winners into Hall of Fame
Kerri Connors

 

A an ex-army mother of two and a plain-talking truck driver are among the winners of the National Transport Insurance (NTI) Faces of Transport Competition.

NTI announces that Glen (Yogi) Kendall from Western Australia and Kerri Connors from Tasmania will be inducted into its Hall of Fame for their long-standing commitment to the industry.

Jonathon Lowien from Queensland won Best on Ground for his outstanding ability as a young driver, while Georgia Easton took out the award for Best Industry Rep.

NTI CEO Tony Clark notes the Faces of Transport Competitionshines a spotlight on hard-working individuals.

"This year we’ve received more than 2,000 nominations from members of the industry nominating their friends, colleagues, and loved ones to be one of four Faces of Transport," Clark says.

"NTI are so proud to recognise these hard-workers.

‘We are passionate about this industry and appreciate our winners who strive to make it better every single day."

The annual awards are designed to honour the dedicated and dilligent individuals of transport to help raise industry standards and improve road safety.


Read our profile of truck driver Kerri Connors, here


Connors, who has gained a heigh profile in the trucking industry, comes to the NTI Hall of Fame after winning Best All Rounder in the 2019 Faces competition.

The training and compliance specialist for Caltas received the top gong for leading the way for women aspiring to be in the truck industry.

Kerri Connors said she’s been driving trucks for almost 20 years.

"When I was a teenager, I occasionally got to drive the old farm truck during the hay carting season here in Tasmania," Connors, who has two decades of experience, says.

"From there, I joined the Army and started driving the Unimogs and the Macks."

Connors would like to see more women attract to the industry.

"Its an amazing feeling to be recognised for your hard work and effort, and hopefully it gives me the opportunity to keep connecting with people to make more positive changes in our industry," she says.

Kendall has been officially recognised as a "bit of a legend".

The Western Australian owner-driver of Kendall Trucking & Co., who starred in The Discovery Channel’s Outback Truckers, now live-streams humorous stories of ‘life on the road’ into the living rooms of more than 60 thousand Facebook followers – direct from his rig.

"They want to see normality and I reckon I’m a hundred percent normal. So, I think they can see a bit of themselves in me and that’s why they are happy to follow me on the internet and watch me on the tele," Kendall says.

The third-generation truck driver ‘eats, sleeps and breathes trucks’.

"I learned everything I know from my old man. (He) got up at 3.30am for 21 years. Right through my teenage years, I got up with him, any chance I could, to get on the truck," he adds.

"I absolutely love the job. I love the industry."

Kendall is pushing for better quality control for entry-level truck drivers.

"I would like to see more than just something saying they have completed a half-day course," he says.

"I mean, anyone these days can pay their money and get a truck licence but that doesn’t mean they have the confidence they need."

 

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