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J Paton Wins Award
Jessica Paton receives Award from International President Dorothy Chan
and International Hon Secretary Steve Rinsler.

Australian Jessica Paton was awarded International Young Achiever of the Year by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport at its international conference in Malaysia.

Paton, Training Facilities and Simulator Specialist at Queensland Rail, was highly praised for her work on the system she has developed for supporting drivers to improve their capabilities when human errors have caused SPADs (signal passed at danger).

Jessica’s achievements and diversity in skills and experience has bought a new perspective and innovative solution for a problem which has long plagued safety in the rail industry.  

She was judged Young Professional of the Year by CILT Australia in 2013 and was nominated for the International Award.

Jessica had to submit her thesis to an International judging committee and assessed against five other transport and logistics professionals from UK, Dubai, Hong Kong, Tanzania and Malaysia.

CILT International secretary Steven Rinsler said the standard of submissions was extremely high, showing a depth of research and thinking about transport issues and solutions by young professionals in transport and logistics globally.

This is the second year in a row that an Australian Transport and Logistics young professional has won the International Award.

Andrew Stewart, National Chair, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (CILTA) said the award showed the high standard of young people working in Australia’s supply chain was at world’s best ranking.
“Jessica Paton was up against the most talented young professionals in our industry from around the world, so this is a huge achievement.

“The award highlights that the best transport employers and education in Australia are developing world class management and professional talent. But much more needs to be done to include more bright young people in to transport and logistics, and to give them continuing professional education and support.”

“To be recognised for my achievements amongst such a high calibre group of young professionals is incredibly humbling,” Jessica said in Malaysia today.
 “The alumni of CILT Australia and CILT International is a collection of highly experienced, talented and motivated people within transport and logistics, and acknowledgement by individuals at this level is an incredible honour,” she said.

For more information about Jess’s submission and this prestigious award please contact Hanna Lucas –

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