Swire Cold Storage has announced that the 2006 Frank Vale Award recipient and the second woman to ever win the award is SCS’ own Business Systems Manager, Leanne Thompson. Leanne’s accomplishment marks the second year in a row that the Frank Vale Award has been awarded to an SCS employee, with Scott Allardice (Warehouse Manger GS, Lurnea, NSW), walking away with the honour in 2005.
Named in honour of the late Frank Vale, the award recognises young up-and-comers in the refrigerated warehousing and/or transport industry. Nominees are selected on a state basis, with final interviews conducted by a committee of the Refrigerated Warehouse & Transport Association (RWTA) members, and the winner announced at the annual RWTA Conference Gala Dinner.
According to Leanne, she felt privileged to have been invited to the RWTA Conference as a Frank Vale Award nominee. That in itself was a great honour, only surpassed when she won.
Leanne’s extensive IT experience has also given her a hands-on involvement with operations and customers, providing her with the broad industry knowledge and the customer focus needed to win. Leanne’s dedication and hard work did not go unnoticed when Pam Warton, General Manager IT, nominated her for the award.
According to Pam, Leanne works tirelessly to support operational requirements for customers, both internal and external, through use of IT systems, and an understanding of the operational processes that are required. Her efforts, experience and her constant striving to achieve customer service excellence is acknowledged through this Award.
Ray Tanner, former SCS CEO, was also honoured on the night, with a life membership of the RWTA.