Diversity & Inclusion Reference Group

Caitlin Barlow
Business Development Manager, JATEC Transport

Caitlin is a second-generation industry operator and recipient of the 2023 Emerging Leader Award at the Road Freight NSW conference.

She champions transport awareness in schools and universities, promoting career opportunities and industry engagement. Passionate about diversity and inclusion, Caitlin collaborates with Transport Women Australia Limited and completed the 2023 Teletrac Navman Diversity Program. To deepen her understanding of industry challenges, she participated in Volvo Trucks Australia’s ‘Iron Women’ pilot program, earning her Heavy Rigid licence.

Caitlin’s multifaceted efforts in advocacy, diversity, and professional development contribute to a more inclusive and resilient transport sector, showcasing her commitment to excellence and innovation.

Melissa Barry
Director, Border Crane Consultants

Melissa owns and operates Border Crane Consultants alongside her husband Jason which was established in 2011.

Based on the border of VIC and NSW, Melissa is passionate about family business operations, diversity, transport and logistics and engineering.

With a wide-ranging background in business management, marketing, human resources, finance, compliance and safety, quality assurance and administration, Melissa has worked in various roles within transport, manufacturing, local government, defence and the construction sectors.

Melissa holds a Bachelors degree in Business, has a heavy rigid licence and forklift licence, is a patron member of Transport Women Australia and a board director of the National Road Transport Association.

Meg Divall
Allocation Supervisor, Divall’s Earthmoving

Meg is a third-generation member of Divall’s, a family-owned trucking business based in Goulburn.

Meg is dedicated to safety and education and securing the next generation of professional drivers.
As a participant in the 2023 ATA Future Leaders Program, she played a pivotal role in the creation and implementation of the company’s ‘Road Truck Access Program’ aimed at young people who are keen to get a deeper understanding of trucks.

As a female leader in a typically male-dominated industry, Meg actively promotes the inclusion of women and other underrepresented groups by encouraging them to consider roles in the business they might not otherwise think about.

Drew Hipwood
Manager – Corporate Affairs, IOR Pty Ltd

Drew picks up the rocks and makes friends with the spiders underneath to overcome real challenges in modern day business. Having immersed himself in marketing and communications for almost 15 years, Drew has a reputation for working collaboratively across industries and business functions and for building enduring relationships that deliver commercially sustainable results.

Drew’s passion for diversity and inclusion is simple. It’s about unleashing the power of belonging so people can be their true, authentic, selves and thrive both inside and outside the workplace.

With pure passion for the supply chain and the intermodal transport industry, as well as a clear vision of a zero-carbon future for both these industries.

Justin Khan
Terminal Coordinator, Qube Logistics

Justin is a proud member of NATROAD. He is passionate about creating a safe and diverse transport industry workforce by developing pathways for young people as well as people of different backgrounds to enter the industry.

Participating in the 2024 Daimler Future Leaders’ Forum and the Teletrac Navman Diversity program 2023 have strengthened Justin’s skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of the transport industry.

Amar Singh
President & Founder, Turbans 4 Australia

Amar believes helping others should not be limited by religion, language or cultural background.
He founded a charity after experiencing racial slurs and insults because of his Sikh turban and beard. Amar wanted to show people they didn’t need to be afraid and began helping struggling Australians.

Every week, Turbans 4 Australia package and distribute up to 450 food and grocery hampers to people experiencing food insecurity in Western Sydney.

They also raise awareness and funds for important causes while promoting multiculturalism and religious tolerance. But the organisation is best known around Australia since its founding in 2015 for transporting emergency goods to those in need.

Turbans 4 Australia has delivered hay to farmers experiencing drought; supplies to flood victims in Lismore and bushfire-impacted people on the South Coast; food hampers to the isolated and vulnerable during COVID-19 lockdowns; and supplies to the Salvation Army in central Queensland in the devastating wake of Cyclone Marcia.

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