Education & Training – Career Change

Get to know the leaders of Australian Outdoor Living

Name: Chris Taylor

Former position: Police officer

New job: National business development manager, Australian Outdoor Living.
At 16 years of age, I joined the WA Police Force as a cadet and was in the police force until I was 31. When you’re in the police force, you talk to people and listen to people and that’s what sales is all about.

When I left, I became an insurance private investigator. Three years later I joined Carpet Call then an insulation company called Cool or Cosy. Later, I started as a franchise manager for Solomons , rising to general manager.

I got to a point where I needed something exciting and refreshing. Two months later, Australian Outdoor Living created the position to bring me on board. I’ve done time-management courses and have some certificates but don’t have a qualification.

Education & Training – Career Change - Colin Kuchel & Chris Taylor, Australian Outdoor Living.
Colin Kuchel & Chris Taylor.

Name: Colin Kuchel

Position: Managing director, Australian Outdoor Living

Skill tips: For this role we were looking at the candidate’s personal skills – their business acumen – the ability to make very quick decisions that generally work out. I think, in this particular instance, I would have looked for a formal education but Chris had experience in a related industry for many, many years and I think it came down to experience more than formal qualifications.

His experience was very similar to our business and our business model – marketing, sales, administration and strong customer skills. I think being a police officer gave Chris a fantastic grounding for his current role. He understands the policy procedure. We’ve been getting bigger and bigger and we need our policies and procedures.

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