Terence Yong

Marketing & Project Coordinator

“I’m not one to shy away from tackling what comes my way, but its projects where I’ve had to achieve something that is outside my comfort zone, even when drawing on my experience, that have been the most meaningful.”
What piques your curiosity or where do you seek out inspiration?

I love new things and am always eager to explore, be it a new restaurant or cafe, trying a different activity, or a visiting an unknown city.

What is a little-known fact about you?

That I am surprisingly handy! I can assemble computers, service a car, paint an entire house, put together and hang an entire Ikea kitchen, and more.

What invigorates you creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

The bigness of Australia, its spellbinding coastline, the idiosyncratic beachside communities, and the dramatic sunsets fill me with amazement. Australia gives me hope, makes me glad to be alive.

Could you tell us about somebody who has given you sage wisdom in the past?

I will cheat a little. My dad taught me to be smart while my mum taught me to be decent and gentle and kind. And an ex-fighter pilot manager taught me resilience in the face of adversity.

Which of our Keogh values speaks to you the loudest? Why?

Bespoke. I think it is critical to be adaptable, to challenge the norms, and to act according to the situation.

Which projects have been the most meaningful to you and why?

I’m not one to shy away from tackling what comes my way but its projects where I’ve had to achieve something that is outside my comfort zone, even when drawing on my experience. It’s when there’s a high level of trust extended to me; it’s when others give me a go, and I deliver above even my expectations.

The completion of a project to reposition Keogh in the Perth market comes to mind. My colleagues’ feedback was that they trusted me to get the job done because I consult widely, define parameters, I’m inclusive—I keep all parties informed—and I work within budget and timeframe.  

Could you tell us a story about a moment of realisation in your lifetime?

I left a cushy, secure job in Singapore to come to Perth as a full-time uni student for three years. Becoming a ‘starving’ student again in my adult life made me understand more about myself, my limitations, and capabilities. I realised that I could continue doing what I’ve always done, or push boundaries, and reap the unexpected rewards.

When, where, or with whom do you feel the most fulfilled?

When a job or project is completed satisfactorily, my motto is: “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” So, I’d like to think that the effort I’ve put into doing something has delivered an outstanding product.