Gavin Kelly

11th December 2020

Gavin Kelly

Full Name: Gavin Kelly

Position: CEO of the Road Freight Association (RFA)

Main Activity of the Company: The RFA is a trade association for the road freight and logistics industry

Date and Place of Birth: October 19, in Durban

Education: Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences; various certificates in leadership; Management Development Programme (Project Management), University of the Witwatersrand; Higher Diploma in Education and Training, University of South Africa; Higher Diploma in Curriculum Development, North-West University

First Job: A short sojourn at the foreign desk in the banking sector

Career History Prior to Current Position: Various positions in the transport sector

Size of First Pay Packet: R370 a month

First Job with Present Group: Technical and operations manager

Value of Assets under Your Control: Roughly R2-million (we are going virtual)

Number of People under Your Leadership: 15, including service providers

Management Style: Hersey-Blanchard Situational

Personal Best Achievement: Finally letting go – killing the delegation fears monster

Professional Best Achievement: Developing people to achieve greatness

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My father, a Scot, for the way he dealt with challenges and difficulties and for the way he treated people; and my mother, an Austrian, for what she experienced during World War II and how she treated people

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Experience

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Vladimir Putin

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky

Philosophy of Life: Allow everyone their right to exist in the world

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Green Card to the US

Biggest Ever Disappointment: What the world has become

Hope for the Future: That we get it right here in South Africa and across the world

Favourite Reading: Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien

Favourite TV Programme: The Blacklist and anything Star Trek, Star Wars or Battlestar Galactica

Favourite Food/Drink: Eisbein mit Sauerkraut und Weissbier

Favourite Music: Bee Gees, Smokie, Credence – everything 70s and 80s

Favourite Sport: Benson & Hedges one-day cricket (it does not exist anymore)

Favourite Website: PriceCheck

Hobbies: Woodwork, taking things apart and fixing them, fishing, traveling ‘in the sticks’

Car: Mahindra Pickup – ready for those off-road adventures

Pets: Great Dane, fish (Malawi, Angel)

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Crayfish, caviar, dry champagne, corruption, politicians

Favourite Other South African Company: Takealot, DSV

Favourite Foreign Company: DHL

Married: To Yvonne Kelly, for 22 years

Children: Laura, 19; Megan, 17

Clubs: Scouts South Africa