After winning the Queensland Industry Excellence Award recognising outstanding achievement and contribution within the transport, supply chain and logistics industry she’s now a contender for the national award.

The Queensland award recognised her 28 years of achievement with Ergon Energy, honing her expertise across procurement, logistics, fleet, finance, works planning and customer service and more recently as our Group Manager Fleet and Logistics.

Image of Nikki Barbi holdiong her award

Nikki joined Ergon as an administration and data entry clerk at Townsville; a start which has flourished into a career and has seen her lead strategic projects and initiatives which have delivered significant cost savings and innovation.

Nikki’s achievements cited by the award panel included a talent placement program to boost business-wide understanding of logistics and supply chain management, and the introduction of measures such as bar coding, expanding use of equipment and improved workforce efficiency to reduce inventory holdings and save around $2 million annually.

The judges also highlighted Nikki’s team’s response to Cyclone Marcia in 2015, when they established a temporary warehouse in just two days and provided outstanding field support, including fuel stations and daily pre-operational safety checks of all response fleet vehicles. Her leadership in implementing our Enterprise Resource Planning system improvement opportunities, which delivered nearly $9m in benefits, was also singled out.

“Nikki exemplifies everything we aspire to be as a leader at Ergon,” Acting EGM Customer Service Paul Jordon said.

“This award recognises her tenacity, her determination to find better ways to do things, an absolute focus on our customers, her open-minded approach, and a very genuine concern for her team. It’s a very well-deserved honour.”

The Queensland Supply Chain and Logistics Awards were held in Brisbane recently. Nikki’s win came from a field of finalists representing sectors as diverse as health, gas, electricity generation, and removals and storage.