Digital Production Manager // In-house Comedian
Wayne is a firm favourite with the 56 OBH troops, voted by his peers as an annual Cultural Award winner due to his quick wit, easy-going nature and diligent work ethic. We asked Wayne to take 10 minutes out of his busy schedule so we could find out more about the quiet achiever whose transition to his current role has been seamless. With extensive print industry expertise (including over 10 years with OBH), teamed with project management, we never doubted it would be a perfect fit!
What does a typical day look like for you?
To be honest, the description typical is pretty rare. Each day presents differently – which is what I enjoy the most.
The variety provides opportunities to work with a large cross section of our organisation which is an element of my work I find hugely rewarding – I love them all oh so very much! Please don’t ask me to name my favourites it would be impossible.
What has been your favourite project at OBH?
Expansion of the digital area. Not only has the Digital Print Team grown in the last few years, but the entire digital department has expanded – we now have six presses including a roll label press. OBH’s most recent investment of a new digital press meant it was necessary to extend the physical space to accommodate it.
The week before construction, our Chief Operating Officer informed me he had every faith in me to oversee the building of our new digital label production room. As a result I was to be the main conduit between OBH, the construction company and the COO who would be in Dusseldorf! This was a very challenging time. I did not sleep much. In situations like this communication is king and fortunately our team performed remarkably and was up to the challenge.
What are three words you would use to describe OBH?
Open, Reliable and Inclusive.
What training was involved for your progression into the management team?
This question is also a really hot topic for me at the moment.
After taking on a supervisory role when we first installed digital press equipment, I completed a Certificate IV in Frontline Management course in 2016 which was arranged by OBH. Following on from this the company have also offered me the opportunity to enrol in the Adelaide University’s Executive Education Unit – Professional Management Program. This course will run over the next twelve months. We have only just begun, however already I am feeling and seeing the benefits of having access to such professional instruction.
I look forward to my future learnings and experiences over the coming months.
If you could switch your job with anyone else within OBH, whose job would you want?
Without a moment of hesitation, Keith Kemp – one of our Directors. He does not use his smartphone for anything except phone calls, which I think is a beautiful thing.
I am not sure if Keith has a man cave, but if he does, I am sure it would be quite fantastic.
What career would you have if you weren’t doing this?
I have always had a keen interest in customs and bio security agency work. Passport and currency printing technologies are of great interest also.
What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?
Speak less, listen more – admittedly this is a work in progress.
What would be the title of your autobiography?
I Know It Looks Wrong, It’s Part of the Design.
Describe what you were like at age 10.
Being the youngest of five I felt my path was pretty well worn by the time I came through the ranks. Generally speaking I would consider myself to be exactly the same now as I was then – quiet and shy.
What Have you always wanted to try?
Base jumping. However, these days there would have to be a helipad nearby – strenuous climbing does not really float my boat.
Top three life highlights?
Without a doubt, becoming a father.
Every night when said kids go to bed.
Look, I know you said three but it has to be four I’m afraid. Because watching Colin Flashman from our Prepress department handle variable data really is something we all need to experience.
If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
I would have liked to have been on the bus the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. That was a great moment in time.