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 Sadleirs, 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 Lead Auditor amongst his qualifications and has been instrumental in assisting Sykes Transport to implement and maintain ISO accreditation.
Special Projects Coordinator:
Danny has 35 years’ experience in the transport industry, initially as a long distance driver and the last 15 years in administrative or operational roles. 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 since 2011 and has a list of transport industry related qualifications too numerous to mention.
Kalgoorlie Regional Manager
Sharleen’s diverse experience through her working life has given her the right skill set to successfully fulfill this senior role within Sykes Transport.
Since 2015 Sharleen has accumulated a wealth of knowledge on transport requirements for the goldfields which directly benefits all Sykes Transport clients in the Goldfields region.
Prior to moving to Kalgoorlie Sharleen has held senior roles in Merchandise Planning. Working with a large network of nationwide stores Sharleen has a solid understanding not only of logistics but also sales and customer service. This is evident in the strong desire she shows to go the extra mile for all of our Goldfields clients.
State Operations Manager:
Tony has worked in the transport industry since 1987, initially as a forklift operator and driver with Brambles Manford. In 1995 Tony moved to TOLL and within a short period of time progressed through the ranks to depot management positions. Over 24 years with TOLL, Tony attained numerous accreditations including three diploma’s in business and business management and in 2013 was promoted to W.A. Regional Manager. Tony has been with Sykes Transport since 2019 and has extensive experience in road transport, an invaluable skill set for ensuring Sykes Transport continues to deliver to the high expectations which our customers have come to expect.
Tom grew up with a spanner in his hand…literally, so it was no surprise that as soon as he finished school he embarked on an apprenticeship as a heavy vehicle mechanic. Since completing his apprenticeship Tom has spent his entire career working on a range of heavy transport equipment, adapting his skills to suit the ever-changing technologies. Tom joined Sykes Transport in 2012 and has formed an integral part of the workshop team, taking over as Workshop Manager in 2019. Tom’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 since 2012 and her attention to detail is outstanding and a critical aspect of managing all of our clients needs.
Warren has worked in the transport industry for the better part of two decades. Having come through the ranks working on forklifts and driving trucks, progressing to dock foreman and leading hand, Warren has developed a diverse skill set. This is evident in Warrens versatile approach to managing the day to day demands of a busy warehouse and meeting the changing needs of our clients. Warren joined the Sykes team as Warehouse Manager in 2019.