Interview with Mr Bill Pollock, Founder and CEO of Drake International

Interview by SCLAA Director, Erica Gilcrist

On the 6th of April, I had the absolute pleasure of being able to meet and speak with Mr. Bill Pollock, Founder and CEO of Drake International.  For those who may not be entirely familiar, Drake International is among the largest of staffing and recruitment companies globally.  With operations in 11 countries around the world, Drake International provides much more than simple staffing solutions.  They are an end-to-end provider of human resources services, performance improvement, consultative management, permanent staffing, temporary staffing and technology solutions.

Mr. Pollock himself is an exceptionally presented, soft-spoken, 90 years’ young Executive whose company’s origins form what is today’s modern temporary staffing agency.  And whilst Drake International is much more than a successful global giant in the human capital industry, Bill’s story from then 1951, to now, is a story chock full of ‘world firsts’ against an almost rags to riches backdrop.  Please enjoy the following Podcast with Bill and hear about his humble beginnings in Winnipeg, Ontario (Canada) to the 40th Floor of Collins Street in Melbourne Australia, just one of the many Drake International Offices around the world.

To find out more about Drake International, please visit their website at

Click on the image below to listen to the interview.

SCLAA attends 2018 Global Logistics Technology Conference

SCLAA attends 2018 Global Logistics Technology Conference

The SCLAA was invited by Mr Michael Guo, CEO of the Australian International Trade Association, to attend the 2018 Global Logistics Technology Conference and trade mission to China held from 19 to 23 March. SCLAA Director, Stanley Fan, attended the Conference on behalf of the SCLAA.

The conference and trade mission included attendance of the 2018 Global Logistics Technology Conference in Haikou organized by China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing, the China – Australasia Logistics Cooperation Forum, a visit to the beautiful cities Kunming and Guiyang, meetings with leaders and representatives of Hainan, Yunnan and Guizhou’s Provincial and Municipal Government, Department of Trade and Investment, as well as accredited logistics entrepreneurs and potential investors and exploring further logistics cooperation opportunities of China and Australasia.

Stanley Fan’s presentation at the 2018 Global Logistics Technology conference, included:

  • The SCLAA’s mission and vision;
  • The SCLAA international strategic alliance, including the APLF and CSCMP, and global perspectives;
  • The SCLAA national strategic alliance, major events – including the ASCL Awards – and industrial corporations; and
  • International Partnership opportunities.

2018 Australian Supply Chain Tech Survey Results

2018 Australian Supply Chain Tech Survey Results

The SCLAA and Swinburne University are proud to present the results from the 2018 Australian Supply Chain Tech Survey!

We welcome you to download the free report now, which analyses and provides insights into the perceptions and actions currently being undertaken by the supply chain industry to prepare for nine key emerging technologies expected to shape the industry.

Which technologies will truly change the industry landscape?  Which are just hype?  Should we be focusing our efforts in one area or another to remain competitive? Find out this, and more, by viewing the White Paper here:

Mentors needed for 2018 SCLAA NSW Mentoring program


Mentors needed for 2018 SCLAA NSW Mentoring program

Can you help develop the next generation of supply chain leaders?


This year SCLAA NSW will be launching a new mentoring program. A strong response has been received from our members who want to take part as mentee’s, and we are looking for experienced supply chain professionals to pair with them. This is a great opportunity to take a part in moulding supply chain students & fresh practitioners.

What’s in it for Mentors?

  • Develop a stronger network.
  • Opportunity to pass on skills and experience to the next generation.
  • Build long term relationships with the next generation of industry leaders.
  • Help shape future Supply Chain & Logistics professionals and practitioners.
  • Work together with mentees to define the next step of their careers. 


  • Mentees are expected to drive engagement with their mentor (e.g. setting catch up dates and time).
  • Mentor time commitment of at least 4 one hour catch ups over the year.

If you’re interested please complete the expression of interest survey:

SCLAA SA/NT Announces New State President

The SCLAA is pleased to announce the election of a new SA/NT State President, Matt Wragg. Matt is a Supply Chain specialist with Supply Chain specific academic Masters qualifications and over 20 years’ experience working within Unionised FMCG and Transport environments, providing successful strategic implementations throughout different businesses returning excellent financial results within ROI timelines and most importantly sustaining growth and ensuring continuity along the journey.

Immediate Past SA/NT State President, Matt Madsen, will be continuing in his role as the SA/NT representative on the SCLAA National Board. Matt Madsen said he would like to “express his thanks to Matt Wragg for taking on the role of SA/NT State President, and to SCLAA National Chairman, Amanda O’Brien for her concerted efforts in improving interaction with all State Presidents.”

With the ongoing implementation of the SCLAA’s new National Strategic Plan, the upcoming Marketing and Media Strategy, National and State events and partnering with a number of external events, there are exciting times ahead for the SCLAA. The contribution of all State Presidents and their committees will play an import part in the SCLAA’s ongoing achievements.

On behalf of the SCLAA Board and State Committees, SCLAA National Chairman, Amanda O’Brien extended a warm welcome to Matt and wished him every success in his new role.

The Western Australian Transport, Supply Chain and Logistics Awards 2018

Award Categories, Call for Submissions and Sponsorship Opportunities

The Western Australian Transport and Logistics Awards have been held since 1996 and have become a highlight in the WA business calendar.

They have grown to become the pre-eminent Transport & Logistics Industry awards in WA through the voluntary efforts of the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (WA) (CILTA), generous sponsorship, the spirit of fellowship between those who gather, and most importantly the outstanding calibre of the individual and corporate award candidates.

The Awards have become recognised by Industry and Government as pre-eminent in recognising outstanding performance by individuals and organisations and it is anticipated that they will be just as successful in 2018.

Members of the organising associations represent all major supply chain, logistics and transport related industry sectors including FMCG, retail, freight logistics, manufacturing and mining.

A crowd of 140 Transport and Logistics professionals is expected to attend the Awards event, which will be held on Saturday 26 May 2018 at Matilda Bay Restaurant (Roe Room) overlooking the beautiful Swan River and Perth City.

Please diarise this important date so you are available to join us. Also spend a moment to ponder the great things that your Company and staff have achieved, and consider nominating for one of the award categories. To register to attend the WA Awards dinner, click here.

Award Categories / Call for Submissions

  • Young Professional of the Year
  • Excellence in Transport Planning, Supply Chain & logistics
  • Innovation
  • Excellence in Training & Professional Development

Information on the Award Categories and how to make an Award Submission are provided in the Awards Brochure. The brochure also showcases past Young Professional Award winners.

Event in Review: Disrupting the Food Chain March 2018

Disrupting the food supply chain in 2018!

The SCLAA hosted its first Thought Leadership event for 2018 last week at an exciting new venue in the Melbourne CBD, WeWork.

The buzz and energy in the room was evident throughout the evening. Fittingly for a food tech event, we were left with full bellies as everyone enjoyed the catering by Deliveroo. We had a fantastic turnout with over 60 attendees to hear from industry experts on what the future of food looks like in the supply chain industry.

Thank you to Angeline Archariya, Matt Kuperholz, Tiffany Gould and Jeff Bourne for their involvement and the SCLAA committee for their hard work in making this event run smoothly.

Our next event is on AI in supply chain which you won’t want to miss.

Keep your eyes peeled!

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018

The SCLAA is pleased to join the celebration of International Women’s Day today, 8 March, where we highlight the importance of the achievements and continued challenge of working for gender parity globally.

As a global celebration, International Women’s Day provides the opportunity to identify the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and has been observed since the early 1900’s.  This was a time of turbulence and great expansion in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.  It is a collective day of all the history and future landscape of women’s experience and it is on this day that we remember and recognize this.  Whatever industry or field or stage of life women are at their contribution is immeasurable.  Women’s contribution adds not only financial benefits to all economies but also adds an unyielding strength to the fabric of all civilisations and society.

I was fortunate to be a guest of the Queensland Trucking Association Women in Logistics breakfast held in Brisbane yesterday and the group of outstanding individuals who all have a story to tell was exceptional.  Belinda Polglase, Project Manager All Purpose Transport and 2017 QTA Trucking Woman of the Year Winner, gave an insight into her amazing life and what travel, experience and a passion for lifelong learning had given her with one key message Press for Progress.  Michelle Black, Retrieval Medicine Nurse Manage Life flight, who is a passionate advocate for women’s rights in a male dominated industry has a remarkable career with a change late in life to Life Flight that instils her with passion and is a remarkable change agent for the industry.  Michelle who is a leader in her field states that Life Flight is a way of life and their mission is to not only save lives but to serve the community through the provision of rapid response critical care.

Particular mention goes to Varenya Mohan-Ram, National Business Relationship Manager TWUSUPER, who paid a particularly moving tribute to his mother and all the women in his life for without them he stated he would not be achieving the life he has without their dedication and sacrifice to make him the man he is today. Varenya also stated that a solid relationship and female family members support many of the outstanding men in society and help them achieve their success to make a difference in the world.

It would unfair to omit mention of all the wonderful women in my life who take on so many roles and I thank them for their amazing support.  When I say this I mean the truck drivers, the Operational staff, the medical staff, the accountants, lawyers, supply chain specialists, the carers, the friends, the confidantes and the inspiring women leaders who surround me and inspire me to greater heights everyday.  It is from all their experience that I gain true resilience and for this I am thankful.

The SCLAA is also pleased to announce the upcoming Women in Logistics lunch in Melbourne on Friday, 3 August. This truly will be an event like no other, it will challenge your perceptions and make you want to stand up and be counted, a not to miss event.

In conclusion, whatever you do on this International Women’s Day don’t forget to acknowledge those women in your life who continue to support, inspire, challenge and drive themselves to make it a better world for all of us.

In the words of the suffragettes: ”Deeds not Words” “Courage is a muscle” and “Men of quality do not fear equality”.

 Happy International Women’s Day from all of us at the SCLAA


2018 SCLAA NSW Mentoring – Members Expression of Interest

Looking to take the next step in your Supply Chain & Logistics career?

Looking to challenge and inspire those wanting to take the next step?

In 2018 we’ll be launching a new mentoring program. We’d like to extend an early invitation to you to take part, either as a mentor or mentee.

About the SCLAA Mentoring Program

What’s in it for Mentees?

  • Exposure to senior Supply Chain & Logistics executives with a wealth of experience across various industries.
  • Improve problem solving skills and execution of Supply Chain & Logistics strategies by learning from experienced practitioners.
  • Help define the next step in your career.
  • Opportunity for cross-industry exposure.
  • Develop a stronger network and build long term relationships.
  • Multiple mentors accessible if explored by mentees.
  • One-on-one discussions and help with complex problems in any scope of your career.

What’s in it for Mentors?

  • Develop a stronger network.
  • Opportunity to pass on skills and experience to the next generation.
  • Build long term relationships with the next generation of industry leaders.
  • Help shape future Supply Chain & Logistics professionals and practitioners.
  • Work together with mentees to define the next step of their careers.


  • Mentees are expected to drive engagement with their mentor (e.g. setting catch up dates and time).
  • Mentor time commitment of at least 4 one hour catch ups over the year.

If you’re interested please complete the expression of interest survey: