Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Best of the Best Women in Transport and Logistics Revealed

Sector Celebrates Success as Everywoman Finalists Announced
Shipping News Feature

UK – As so many people in the freight and transport industries are always keen to point out, logistics is one of the UK’s fastest growing industries employing around 1.5 million people, and hitherto women have, as in so many other areas, been woefully under represented. This however is changing and, according the Freight Transport Association (FTA) the jobs available are becoming an increasingly appealing career option for women.

A previous Skills for Logistics report estimated that the sector will need to recruit over 900,000 people to cope with growth and replacement demand and the FTA believes women currently have a particular influence in certain areas, particularly those involving health and safety and fuel efficiency. Everywoman in turn believes that with other sectors struggling to recruit female talent, transport and logistics firms are reaping the rewards of investing in attracting and retaining more women. Gender diversity can pay off in many ways, not least by sparking creativity and enhancing innovation, which is why they say the industry needs more women. Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman, commented:

“As Britain forges ahead in its economic recovery, logistics remain essential to its infrastructure. This fast growth sector has announced a huge recruitment drive and diversity is high on the agenda with a huge variety of opportunity. We congratulate this year’s finalists who have demonstrated that their gender is no barrier to success and that opportunity exists at every level of the career ladder.”

The winners of these prestigious awards will be announced at a ceremony at The Savoy in London on 13 May which will see the attendance of over 250 business leaders and executives. For further information please click HERE and for tickets please contact events@everywoman.com. Theo de Pencier, Chief Executive of the FTA expressed his pleasure in the role his organisation is once again playing in the promotion of the role of the fairer sex by sponsoring the awards, saying:

“The Freight Transport Association is proud to be the Title Partner of the 2014 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards which showcase how women can make a career in transport a successful and fulfilling one. We are pleased to encourage forward thinking companies that are committed to introducing diversity to the freight industry, and working further with everywoman offers FTA opportunities to expand that work. The key for our industry is to be able to access a wider talent pool to be able to meet its need for good quality staff in whichever role it needs to fill.”

This year’s FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards finalists are:

Director of the Year – sponsored by Asda Stores Ltd

• Marie Boyer, Managing Director, France Line Transport International Ltd, from Manchester

• Sarah Copley, Commercial Director, National Express, from Birmingham

• Kate Lester, CEO and Founder, Diamond Logistics, from Guildford

• Anna Whitty, CEO, ECT Charity, from London

Driver of the Year Award – sponsored by TNT Express

• Rachel Garlick, HGV Driver, DHL Homebase, from Wellingborough

• Christine Saunders, PUD Driver/ Driver Assessor, TNT Express UK Ltd , from Kidderminster

• Jenny Tipping, C+E Driver at Manpower Logistics, Royal Mail, from Bournemouth

Innovation and Sustainability Award – sponsored by DHL Supply Chain

• Karen Jacques, Chief Operating Officer, Dryad Maritime, from Portsmouth

• Corinne Murphy, National Fleet Manager, Asda Logistics Services, from Leeds

• Astrid van der Burgt, National Road Risk Manager, Kuehne + Nagel Ltd, from Draycott in the Clay, Derbyshire

Rising Star Award – sponsored by Wincanton

• Megan Bowne, Fleet Planning Engineer, Southeastern Railway, from Lenham, Maidstone

• Maryam Cassidy, Continuous Improvement Manager, Asda Logistics Services, from Liverpool

• Kat Horsley, Operations Director, Easy as HGV, from Guildford

• Anna Kozlowska CMILT Managing Director, Myway Enterprises, from Lutterworth

Team Leader of the Year

• Caroline Capone, Transport Manager, Kuehne + Nagel, from Milton Keynes

• Tracey Clifford, General Manager, Wincanton, from Stoke on Trent

• Simone Fogg, General Manager, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd, from London

• Julia Wraithmell, District Maintenance Manager East, Northern Rail, from Leeds

Warehousing Award – sponsored by DHL Supply Chain Ltd

• Jane Curl-Carter, Site Manager, DHL Tradeteam Ltd, from Burton on Trent

• Laura Edwards, General Manager, Wincanton, from Greenford, London

• Amy Goddard, Department Manager, ADC Lutterworth Asda, from Daventry, Northamptonshire

• Claire Morrissy, Deputy Distribution Centre Manager, Tesco PLC, from Dagenham, London

Industry Champion Award

• Sharon Davies, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, DHL UK & Ireland, from London

• Tracy McDermott, Senior HR Manager, ALSTOM Transport, from Manchester

• Sue McGeorge, Supply Chain Director, Diageo Plc, from London