UK – Last week saw the winners of the fifth annual MAN everywoman in transport and logistics awards celebrated by their peers and other leading luminaries from the business, logistics and transport industries at an event which grows in importance annually for members of the British freight community. The awards are supported by industry interests including MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd, the Freight Transport Association, the Road Haulage Association and Media Partner Motor Transport and have successfully helped to raise the profile of the women who are excelling in this non-traditional sector.
The awards were held at a glittering ceremony held at The Savoy Hotel in London. The women leading the way in the sector once again demonstrated that the industry offers a wealth of opportunities for ambitious and committed women who are looking for a challenging and rewarding career. Currently around 24% of the 1.55 million people working in transport and logistics in the UK are women, and the MAN everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards aim to increase this figure by unearthing role models to whom future generations can aspire.
The winners in the 2012 MAN everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards are:
Woman of the Year Award – Sponsor MAN Truck & Bus Ltd - Lynne Watson, General Manager, Wincanton
Rising Star of the Year Award - Sponsor Royal Mail - Tamar Weavers, Senior Sales Manager, Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC
Commercial Driver of the Year Award - Sponsor by TNT Laurie Bartram, HGV Class 1 Driver, QV Foods
Director of the Year Award – Sponsor ASDA Stores Ltd Jane Weaver, Managing Director, ays couriers
The Warehousing Award – Sponsor DHL Supply Chain Vicky Brockley, General Manager, Asda Stores Industry
Trainer of the Year Award – Sponsor National Skills Academy Logistics - Joanne Griffiths, Senior General Manager, Training and Quality, CEVA Logistics
Green Champion Award - Sponsor DHL Supply Chain - Stephanie Unitt, Environmental Advisor, CEVA Logistics
Team Leader of the Year Award - Sponsor CEVA Logistics - Samantha Deane, General Manager, TNT UK
Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman, commented:
“It is widely acknowledged that a more diverse workforce is beneficial for the UK economy, whatever the sector. By raising awareness of the achievements of these women who are leading the way, we hope to show others what varied opportunities there are in transport and logistics, and encourage the industry to nurture its female talent.”
Des Evans, Chief Executive of MAN Truck & Bus UK added:
“Once again it’s a great pleasure for MAN Truck & Bus UK to be sponsoring the everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards. Our association with these awards dates back to 2008 and we are delighted and proud to be asked to be part of their success in 2012. In our 20th year in the UK, MAN has a long established reputation of encouraging women to enter and excel in what by many is seen as a traditionally male dominated industry. However this perception is continuing to diminish fast as growing numbers of energetic, career minded women choose to make a new start in the transport and logistics sector. If the high standard of the previous years’ nominees and winners are anything to go by these awards are proof to all the women working within this sector of what can be achieved.”
To further support the development of female talent within the sector, everywoman is delighted to announce the second annual everywoman in Transport & Logistics Leadership Academy. This one day conference will take place on Thursday 21 June 2012 and will feature masterclasses, a panel and an inspirational keynote address by a leading industry figure. For further information click HERE.