We have recently introduced a new section to the Red Horse Express with Staff Profiles to help you get to know the rest of the team a little better. As part of our Great Place to Work Action Plan, we launched this initiative with the intention of featuring both new and old employees, from across all of our branches, and we hope this helps you to put a face to some of the names you are dealing with on a regular basis. This month we feature new starters Debra Hadley, David Lewis, Abigail Shalton and Kathryn Cuddihy. We hope that when you encounter these fantastic new members of the team you will make them feel very welcome!
David Lewis – Interstate Coordinator, Sydney
Hi everyone, my name is David but I am known as Jimmy, and I am an Interstate Coordinator in Sydney. I have previously worked for Neway transport for two and a half years, so I know the industry well. I enjoy playing music in my spare time, including guitar, drums, or almost any other instrument, and I have actually performed at the Sydney Opera House!
Debra Hadley – Local Scheduler, Sydney
My name is Debra and I am working as a Local Scheduler in Sydney Branch. I have worked in the industry for over fifteen years, and have previously worked for Allied Pickfords and OSS. I love baking, and might even be the best baker in Sydney (Maddi can vouch for this). I also enjoy going out for dinner and decorating in my spare time.
Abigail Shalton – Manager Corporate Development, Melbourne
Hi, I’m Abigail and I have been at Santa Fe for just over a month, bringing with me a wealth of new client acquisition and relationship management experience spanning across the technology, property, digital, travel and now mobility industries, having developed c-level and procurement engagement across the globe throughout the AsiaPac, EU and Americas regions for over 20 years.
For me, the client experience is No 1. Enhancing the client experience is an ongoing ambition where I believe I thrive, exceed and love to deliver. I also love to travel, enjoy smooth jazz, and share fun-loving family events and crushing my kickboxing workouts!
Kathryn Cuddihy – Marketing Assistant, Head Office
My name is Kathryn, and I’ve recently started working in the Marketing Department as a Marketing Assistant.
I’ve previously worked as a Marketing Coordinator for a town planning and urban design business. Prior to being a marketer I was a graphic designer for the best part of 10 years and have worked in both Melbourne and London for a range of small and large organisations. An opportunity came up to participate in marketing and I saw the benefits that having a design background could play in being a marketer.
Outside of work I’m finishing my marketing degree and have a two year old to keep me occupied. I also enjoy travel and Pilates.
Last month we introduced a new section to the Red Horse Express with Staff Profiles to help you get to know the rest of the team a little better. As part of our Great Place to Work Action Plan, we launched this initiative with the intention of featuring both new and old employees, from across our branches, and hope this helps you to put a face to some of the names you are dealing with on a regular basis. Our second edition features new starters Michelle Girardo, Isabel Chorao, Matt Wilks, and Murray DSilva, as well as Peta Ashby who has returned to Melbourne. We hope that when you encounter these fantastic new members of the team you will make them feel very welcome!
Michelle Girardo – Receptionist, Melbourne
Hi everyone, my name is Michelle and I am the new receptionist at the Santa Fe Melbourne Branch.
I really enjoy being a receptionist as I love to deliver positive outcomes to both clients and staff members. I have a good understanding for the needs of others and genuinely enjoy completing all office based duties. Before working at Santa Fe I was working as a receptionist in a small accounting firm for three years. It is quite a different atmosphere working at Santa Fe but it has definitely been a good change, everybody here is lovely . Last year was quite a big year for me as I got married, moved out of home and we brought our first house together, which has been a lot of fun. In my spare time I enjoy seeing movies, trying to cook, relaxing with my family and friends and spending time with our little Bunny Rabbit Jerry.
Isabel Chorao – Immigration Manager, New Zealand
My name is Isabel and I will be managing the Immigration practice in New Zealand. I have been working for Santa Fe since the beginning of June and I was very fortunate to have recently met many of you in the Sydney and Melbourne offices. Thank you for the warm welcome and I very much look forward to working with you and building our Immigration Services business in New Zealand.
Prior to working at Santa Fe I have worked in a variety of law firms doing a wide range of work, as well as working for a large company specialising in corporate immigration. Being a migrant myself and having lived in Europe and Africa in the past I believe that I understand the challenges that many migrants face and am able to provide them with the best technical advice and support at an exciting time in their lives.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, cinema, exercising, travelling and learning about other cultures and cuisines!
Matt Wilks – Sales Consultant, Newcastle
Hi all, my name is Matt and I started at Santa Fe Australia in Operations for our Sydney branch back in May. I am now based at Newcastle as a Sales Consultant, and have enjoyed both of the roles I have worked in so far. The removal industry is something I been involved in from an early age, learning the tricks of the trade as an offsider, driver, consultant and in operations. My background is Electrician/Cabinetmaker/French Polisher, with the latter still seeing me associated with removals, as I owned a company that did furniture repairs for the removal industry.
Enjoyment for me is time with the family and fishing with a few cold beers. But that’s enough of me rabbiting on about myself!
No doubt I will have contact with some of you in the near future.
Peta Ashby – Process and Quality Lead, Melbourne
My name is Peta… Yes, one of favourite foods is pumpkin… No, I have not had a wife and couldn’t keep her.
Now that’s out of the way, let me tell you about my history here at Santa Fe. I started in the Relocation Services team as an Assignment Manager in January 2014. In November 2014 I was seconded to Coles in the role of Mobility Specialist. After 19 months with Coles, I have now returned as the Process and Quality Lead, and coming back to a whole new role makes me excited for the positive change I can help create for our business.
One of the best parts of returning is the 15 minute commute compared to 1-1 ½ hours I have been use to! I also get to spend quality time with my 10 year old daughter and 5 year old son before dropping them off at school (I must admit the extra hour sleep-in helps too!).
Before working at Santa Fe I was employed with 2 other relocation companies for approximately 7 years. I have had many jobs over the years including Cook, Waitress, Bar Attendant, Assistant Hotel Manager, Childcare Worker, Cleaner, Merchandiser, Bookkeeper, Receptionist, Sales & Marketing Administrator, Marketing Coordinator, Debt Collector and Tupperware Consultant. It’s fair to say I am not scared of getting my hands dirty to pay the bills!
You may not know this about me but I grew up on a farm in a place called Delegate River, which is on the border of NSW and VIC in Far South East Gippsland. I grew up with poddy calves in our laundry during winter, feeding animals at 5am in the morning and taking 2 buses to get to the closest High School an hour away in Bombala.
I am a volunteer Treasurer for a small non-profit charity called Humanitarian Clowns. I love to ride my dirt bike but haven’t had much of a chance lately. Music and singing at the top of my lungs in the car with people laughing next to me is a daily occurrence and my family is my world!
Murray De Silva – Customer Service Manager, Perth
My name is Murray, I’ve been in the removal industry for 30 plus years. I worked at Allied Pickfords Perth for 23 plus years, nearly 3 years underground mining, and nearly 4 years with K & S Freighters in Rail, Wharf and general freight.
I guess I reentered the removal sector because I’m passionate about Operations and Customer Service, or just a sucker for punishment.
In my spare time my wife and I like renovating our home, or she just delegates the jobs and I get them done. My other interests are fishing, cooking and be a Home Handy Man.
I commenced with Wridgways on the 20th of June and I am very pleased to be here, being the CSM at Perth Branch and experiencing day-to-day challenges is a passion for me.
Looking forward to working with the team.