David Sykes grew up in Geelong Victoria in and around the family transport business which was started by his father Roger in 1959. From a very young age David had a passion for transport and spent all his spare time helping load trucks in the company depot or going away on long distance trips as an offsider with other drivers. He completed an apprenticeship as a heavy duty diesel mechanic in Sykes Transport’s Geelong workshop. At the age of 20 he purchased his own truck and left the family business to experience life as an owner driver and successfully transported goods all over Australia for various customers and other transport companies.
David moved to Perth in 1995 and managed our Perth depot, at that time our head office was still in Geelong and our main line of work was Melbourne to Perth road transport. In 1998 Roger Sykes decided to retire as Managing Director and most interstate road transport was ceased for economic reasons. David then set about the task of establishing new business and customers and concentrated within Western Australia where he could see the future potential.
David has since built our business to the successful company it is today.
Steve Rhodes has a transport and OH&S background. He began his working life as a truck driver back in 1974 for Saddliers, then Bell transport, Midland brick and Air BP. Steve worked for Air BP for over twenty years and first became involved in OH&S in 1990 during his employment with BP. Steve discovered his passion for safety in the workplace and during his last five years with BP became a contractor conducting safety training and audits at country airports and mine sites throughout Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Steve commenced working for WorkSafe WA in 2002 as an inspector, quickly was promoted to senior inspector and from 2009 to 2012 was “Work Safe WA manager of Transport wholesale & retail”.
Steve left WorkSafe in 2012 and began working for Sykes Transport as a consultant to assist with improving our safety, environmental and quality systems. Steve now works for Sykes Transport on a permanent part time basis and is deeply involved in our day to day operations.
Steve lists a post graduate degree in OSH (Curtain University) and RABQSA Leed Auditor amongst his qualifications and has been instrumental in assisting Sykes Transport to implement and maintain ISO accreditation.
Danny has 35 years’ experience in the transport industry, initially as a long distance driver and the last 15 years in administrative or operational rolls. Danny has the experience and ability to be able to train drivers on the job during the course of their employment with our company, particularly in regard to correct loading, restraining, controlled waste and dangerous goods transport. Danny has worked for Sykes Transport WA for 7 years and has a list of transport industry related qualifications too numerous to mention.
Kalgoorlie Regional Manager
Paul’s working life has been 43 years in the Rail and Road transport system. In 1991 Paul relocated to Kalgoorlie with the railways.
For the past twenty years Paul has managed Kalgoorlie based transport companies, learning, understanding & servicing the Kalgoorlie Business and Goldfields Mining sector.
Paul has accumulated a wealth of knowledge on transport requirements for the goldfields which directly benefits all Sykes Transport clients in the Goldfields region.
Ben grew up in the transport industry in a family owned business. He completed his qualification as a heavy duty diesel mechanic between 2000 and 2004 and has attained and held a Cert III in Automotive Heavy Vehicle for over 11 years. During this period of time Ben has also attained a list of Transport Industry qualifications too numerous to list. Ben started with Sykes Transport in 2008 employed as a mechanic. He quickly progressed to workshop supervisor/foreman and since 2009 has been in the Workshop Managers position. Ben’s role is critical in ensuring our preventative maintenance regime is implemented and in doing so, mitigating risk for our clients.
Anne has over 20 years’ experience in the transport industry and 40 years experience in customer relations. Anne is based in our head office in Kewdale, Western Australia. Anne has been with our company for 5 years and her attention to detail is outstanding and a critical aspect of managing all of our clients needs.
Nick is originally from a farming background and has been with Sykes Transport for a decade now. Nick originally started out doing local deliveries for a number of our regular valuable clients. Within a short space of time Nick became yard supervisor and for a period of time he also drove road trains when needed. Nicks practical farming approach saw him progress through various roles and he has now been our Warehouse Manager for four years.
Sue started with Sykes Transport in 2009, as fulltime Weighbridge Operator/Administration Assistant, bringing with her a broad background of administrative capabilities with over 10 years’ experience in various roles.
Sue gained her Statement of Attainment for “Weighbridge Operations Skill Set” (PSPTRAN405A Operate Weighbridges), and quickly progressed to become Administration Manager.