The ultimate discovery
William Loads, a leadership advisor and executive coach, has had an extensive career teaching and mentoring at universities and within his own businesses. One of his most exciting ventures is, however, one that not many people can say they’ll ever be a part of; William Loads has a dinosaur named after him.
Atlascopcosaurus loadsi an approximately 125kg, 1.7 metre herbivore walked the earth nearly 120 million years ago during the early Cretaceous period – apparently in Victoria. A fragment of jaw bone was discovered by palaeontologists, Dr Tom Rich and his wife, Dr Patricia Vickers-Rich, in 1986 by the dangerous ocean-front cliff edges on the southern Otway coastline in Victoria.
Being the Regional Manager of Atlas Copco for Victoria and Tasmania at the time, William stepped up to the plate, making the executive decision to offer much-needed equipment and advice. He would often go down to the dig site in his own time, teaching the volunteers how to safely use the machinery. He, alongside Dr Tom Rich, developed a way to recover fossils in a controlled, mechanised way without damaging them, using mining and construction equipment. Thirty years on, he still supports paleontological digs.
In recognition for all his hard work, William was awarded an honoris causa by the Museum of Victoria. His dedicated and supportive nature has continued to help many people and businesses overcome their struggles.