Thursday, August 18, 2011

All Female Award Shortlist for Prestigious Freight and Logistics Industry Accolade

Girls Shatter Shipping's Glass Ceiling
Shipping News Feature

UK – Regular readers will be aware that we like to promote the cause of women in the logistics industry making our small contribution to destroying the glass ceiling which has long existed within the freight industry. Even here however it was a surprise to us to note that the shortlist for the Young Manager of the Year award in this year’s Annual Awards for Excellence from The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) was, for the first time ever, an all female affair.

The three finalists for the award are Rachel Beeken, General Manager, Gist Ltd., Lucy Parker, Operations Manager, DHL Supply Chain – NonFood Retail and Zoe Pickering, Training and Recruitment Manager, Eddie Stobart Ltd. for the award sponsored by Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd.

CILT has published details of the shortlisted individuals and companies for the thirteen categories to be presented at the gala Dinner to be held at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London on 20 October. The presentations will be hosted by journalist and BBC radio presenter Victoria Derbyshire and full details can be seen HERE.

Speaking of the novelty of this year’s shortlist CILT Chief Executive Steve Agg commented:

“The logistics and transport sector is the essential industry, which is the lifeblood of our economy, it moves people and delivers the goods and services which we all need every day of our lives. It employs some 2.3 million people. In the past it has been identified as largely male dominated. However, we are increasingly seeing greater involvement from women at all levels – in the warehouse, bus and truck drivers, engineers, logisticians, transport managers, trainers, and, in some notable cases, at the highest level in the boardroom.

“Now, to our delight, we find that the shortlist for the CILT Young Manager of the Year Award is entirely made up of women. I very much hope that this will serve as an example and stimulus to women already working in our industry, and to those who aspire to successful future careers with us. There are exciting and rewarding opportunities for females in this sector. In the future we look forward to recruiting and welcoming increasing numbers of ambitious and talented women.”

Photo:- Some women can excel in the toughest parts of the supply chain. Lisa Kelly – Ice Road Trucker.