Search begins for 2021 industry future leaders

Nominations open for this year's iteration of ATA-backed program

Search begins for 2021 industry future leaders
Matthew Allen


The first steps for the 2021 Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders’ Forum are taken with the launch of the nominations process.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) describes Future Leaders as a career-defining program that will shape the next generation of trucking industry leaders.

ATA chair David Smith says that in an industry that is constantly evolving, it is vital to have strong leaders who can build a stronger, safer, and more productive industry.

"Like many Australian industries, the trucking industry is facing disruption and innovation as modern technologies change the way we do business, work and live. Together with Daimler Truck and Bus, we are looking for the next generation of leaders," Smith says. 

A look back on the Future Leaders class of 2020, here

Part one of the 2021 Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders’ Forum will be held in Canberra on June 21 and 22, where participants will take part in intensive workshops and collaborate to develop industry advocacy projects which will be presented at the ATA’s Trucking Australia 2021 conference from September 29 to October 1.

Participants will also be mentored by experts in leadership, media and political training during the forum, developing their potential as future leaders of the industry and the ATA’s network of member associations. 

"The Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders initiative has helped nurture some wonderfully talented young people in the road freight industry since its inception in 2018," Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific president Daniel Whitehead says.

"The team at Daimler Truck and Bus is excited to continue backing this fantastic initiative that helps provide a clearer pathway for future leaders of our vital industry."

2019 Future Leader Matthew Allen says the forum is a great development program delivered and backed by people in the industry.

"My confidence in presenting and communicating grew after the program and I was given opportunities to continue to develop that in my professional role. This led to an internal promotion about 6 months after completing," Allen says.

"The program puts you on the other side of the fence and gives you an insight into how legislation is created, the association’s role and involvement in the industry as well as providing a safe environment for you to grow and develop your leadership skills."

Participants must be involved as an owner or employee in a trucking business that is a financial member of an ATA member association or TruckSafe.

More information is available here

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