Friday 17 May is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) – a day that champions inclusion to build a better world for the LGBTIQ+ community.
At Aurizon, we strongly support LGBTIQ+ inclusion in our workplace and in our communities. By creating a respectful and inclusive workplace and recognising the unique contributions and perspectives of our employees, we believe we can work together to deliver extraordinary results.
IDAHOBIT will be celebrated across our operations to show support for our LGBTIQ+ employees and people in our communities. Amie Wilson, Regional Operations Leader, from our Mayfield Depot in New South Wales says she will hold a morning tea and use the opportunity to catch up with the team and reflect on the Company’s values and inclusiveness.
Amie proudly identifies as a lesbian and says she loves to engage with people at work and is very candid about her personal life.
“I am very proud of my family and I like to share openly and honestly and encourage my team to do the same.
“My partner and son often call in to work to drop off some coffee or morning tea. My partner loves to bake on her days off and brings in my four-year-old son, Theo, who loves to talk to the drivers as he thinks driving a train is very cool.”
In her role at our Mayfield Depot, Amie is one the Regional Operations Leaders responsible for managing Aurizon’s 24-hour operations in the Hunter Valley Coal Chain. This is no small task with 230 train drivers and seven Operations Coordinators who are responsible for delivering our customers with reliable, efficient and safe coal haulage service.
Before coming to Aurizon, Amie held roles with other rail companies as a train driver and in ‘Live Run’, which manages the daily train scheduling and operations. She began with Aurizon in March 2017 as an Operations Coordinator and says she was fortunate enough to be given opportunities to act in other roles before being appointed as Regional Operations Leader in December last year.
Amie says every day as a Regional Operations Leader she faces both challenges and opportunities.
“Given the very dynamic environment we operate in and the range of internal and external stakeholders we deal with, it can be challenging to coordinate everything to achieve the best results.
“However, there are always opportunities for both myself and my team to improve. We are continuously looking for ways to do things better so that we are first choice for our customers.”
When asked about what she’s most proud of at Aurizon, Amie says she’s passionate about Aurizon’s success and the success of our customers.
“I believe in integrity and transparency and feel Aurizon has supported me to bring my whole self to work every day.”