On the Queen’s Birthday this week, the trucking industry received a Queen’s honour for one of the good guys. Trevor Martyn has been around the trucking industry for a long career and retained a positive forward thinking attitude to the industry and its issues throughout those years.
He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to the road transport industry and the community. The, always dapper, Trevor has been seen around the traps in a more ceremonial role in the last few years, looking like he has just dropped in from the yacht marina or the golf club. He continues to work with the Australian Trucking Association and still serves as the chair of the judging panel for the National Trucking Industry Awards.
Trevor’s involvement with trucking includes 38 years as the Managing Director of his company, FBT Operations, specialising in the transport of hazardous goods. He ran the company from 1969 to 2007 and grew the business both in size and stature as a leader in safety and the responsible transport of goods for a number of customers.
He also got involved in industry issues at the level of industry associations fighting a number of battles for the industry. He served as President of the National Bulk Tanker Association as well as a a member of the Victorian Transport Association Executive Council, the last five years of which he was President, from 2001 to 2005.
Trevor then moved onto the national stage ,taking up the position of Chair at the ATA for four years from 2006 until 2010 and serving on the board until 2016. He was also the Chairman of the Driver Education Centre Australia (DECA) from 2007 to 2012.
Outside of trucking, Trevor’s interests have included stints as Chair of leading residential aged care, home care, and disability services provider Mayflower, and Chair of Global Air Ambulance for four years.
Also in Trevor’s activity list over the years, there are various positions of responsibility in both Rotary and a number of sailing and boat clubs, including as Vice Commodore of the Sorrento Sailing Club.
It is always good to see someone who has pushed hard for improvement in the trucking industry, while at the same time being a perfectly affable fellow, getting some reward for his efforts.
One of his enduring legacies is in the way he and his team set to working towards the right culture in a business. As FBT developed it became an organisation which lived and breathed safety, both for its employees, customers and the general public. This culture was maintained at the same time as ensuring the business was sustainable and able to grow.
It was this culture and a strong attention to detail which brought with it a security for the operation’s customers, providing an economical, but always low risk service to the end-user.