Proud mother and operator Heather Jones represents the 5% of drivers made up of women, and her experience and love for trucking provide inspiration for all.
In a recent ABC Conversations radio interview with Richard Fidler, Heather explained how she started work as a secretary for a mining company, eventually taking on trucking when money was tight.
There was a need for long haul truck drivers and being a single mother of two at the time, Heather took the plunge.
Heather runs her own successful business 25 years on, and is also the co-founder and CEO of the Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls.
While CEO of Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls, the Australian Trucking Association named Heather for their ‘Most Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Road Transport Sector’ award for 2015.
In the ABC interview she also makes it clear she is no stranger to heavy machinery or fast cars.
"I grew up on a farm, drove a tractor when I was four and my dad did a short stint in driving trucks for 12 months when I was five.
"My first car was an SLR5000 so you sort of get the hint, don’t you?" Heather said in the ABC radio interview.
Check out the next edition of Big Rigs where we talk to Heather about driving down the driver skills gap.
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