Followmont Transport - Celebrating Women In Transport Volvo Group Australia Head Office, Brisbane on September 17, 2020. Picture-Patrick Hamilton

Volvo Group has hosted a media event for  one of its largest customers, Followmont Transport recently, to celebrate the contribution of women in road transport.

As part of the event Followmont unveiled a UD Quon rigid  which was wrapped in pink and carrying significant messages about women in transport

According to Followmont CEO Mark Tobin  the event was held to  facilitate networking opportunities and to celebrate those driving change.

“It is about recognising the great people that make a difference and having a proactive and positive approach to embrace and encourage equality within our industry,” said Tobin.

“The transport industry is traditionally seen as a male dominant one and something which is close to my own heart is finding opportunities of growth for my people, despite gender, age or race.”

“Rather than seeing diversity as something to be feared, it should be something that we embrace. We should be looking for opportunities to break down barriers and create new possibilities for our nation,” said Tobin.

Held at Volvo Group’s Wacol headquarters in Brisbane  the event saw local transport industry luminary, Roz Shaw as the key note speaker followed by a  discussion on stage  with Roz Shaw, Mark Tobin, UD Trucks  newly appointed vice president, Lauren Downs, and director of Russell Transport, Julie Russell.

The event the event was also live streamed to other Followmont sites around Queensland and New South Wales, as well as being watched by invited  media.

Volvo Group Australia president and CEO, Martin Merrick was also on hand and spoke briefly to the gathering.

“As a company we not only promote, we celebrate diversity in all its forms,” he said.

“And we are proud to take part in this event just as we are proud that it is one of our brands being used to further that messaging from a long term and valued customer