Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Finalists for FTA everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards Announced

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UK – The FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards have announced this year's 36 finalists. Now in its eleventh year, the awards programme celebrates the achievements of women reshaping the UK's transport and logistics industry, while showcasing the range of exciting career opportunities it has to offer. This year, the programme is revealing even more role models whose achievements will hope to inspire and attract the next generation of female talent to follow in their footsteps. Maxine Benson, Co-Founder of everywoman commented:

“This year’s judging panel has selected an exceptionally impressive cohort of role models working in transport and logistics, all making valuable contributions through their innovation, mentorship and leadership. They are shifting perceptions of the opportunities this industry offers and will inspire the next generation of talent who may have never considered a career in the sector, to view it as an exciting option. We look forward to congratulating all the winners and watching their career journeys evolve as they go on to become everywoman ambassadors.”

Consisting of over two and a half million workers, the transport and logistics industry is one of the UK’s most valuable employers. However, the latest findings from the Office of National Statistics show that men currently make up over 80% of the workforce and the sector recently reported a 5.72% gender pay gap. With research proving that companies with a more gender-diverse workforce outperform those without, it remains imperative to continue addressing gender parity. Together, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and everywoman are continuing to drive this agenda. David Wells, Chief Executive of FTA said:

“The logistics industry is key to the success of UK PLC, employing more than 2.54 million people and ensuring our country is able to trade successfully both domestically and internationally. As the only membership organisation representing the entire logistics sector, FTA is delighted to support the FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards once again, to pay tribute to the incredibly talented women working right across the sector.

“In such economically challenging times, it is vital that the sector continues to attract the very best talent, by celebrating successful individuals of all ages and showcasing aspirational role models. Our finalists today certainly fit the bill. Undoubtedly, the workforce of tomorrow will be inspired by today’s winners, and FTA is delighted to celebrate their achievements, and reward those who have shown such exceptional dedication and ability. Many congratulations to you all.”

Each award category honours an exceptional ‘Leader’ who is driving change, and an individual at any stage of their career who is going ‘Above & Beyond’ for their organisation. An overall ‘Industry Champion of the Year Award’ will also be presented to a man or woman making an impact on attracting and retaining women in transport and logistics. A brand-new category - The Male Agent of Change Award - also launched this year, celebrating the men championing the progress of women in transport and logistics.

Winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on Thursday 14 June 2018 at Marriott Grosvenor Square, in London. The finalists are as follows:

The Freight Award – Entrants for this award demonstrated how they are innovating and excelling their role in the Freight sector.

Above & Beyond


The Passenger Award  – Entrants for this demonstrated how they are improving the customer experience.

Above & Beyond


The Infrastructure Award – Entrants for this Award demonstrated how they are improving road or rail infrastructure.

Above & Beyond

  • Helen Burke, Contract Manager, XPO Logistics
  • Louise Gold, Head of Behaviour Change, Sustrans
  • Deborah Pye, Director Strategic Innovation, Walmart


  • Anna Delvecchio, Commercial Account Director, Amey
  • Maria Machancoses, Director, Midlands Connect
  • Kayleigh Wilson, Transition Manager, DHL Supply Chain

The Supply Chain Award – Entrants for this Award demonstrated how they are improving processes within supply chain.

Above & Beyond

  • Jayne Bellamy, Contract Distribution Manager, Wincanton Logistics
  • Natasha Culshaw, Change Manager, Asda
  • June Jones, Senior Manager Operating Model, Asda


  • Faye Calland, National Same Day Manager - Storage, Fashion & Solutions, TNT
  • Rachael Huntley, Regional General Manager, XPO Logistics
  • Lorna McAtear, Head of Supply and Internal Accounts, Royal Mail

The Warehousing Award – Entrants for this Award demonstrated how they are innovating and improving warehouse operations.

Above & Beyond

  • Sue Griffiths, Operations Manager, TNT UK
  • Clare Maclauchlan, National Development Manager, Co-op
  • Sally Worringham, Network Data & Service Quality Manager UK, TNT


  • Sharon Hammond, Senior Director - Food North ALS, Asda
  • Karen Hopkinson, Operations Manager, Co-op
  • Janet John, Operations Manager, Co-op

Industry Champion Award – Entrants for this Award demonstrated the impact that they have had on attracting and retaining women in the industry. Awarded to one individual only, male or female.

  • Bethany Fovargue, Operations Manager, NOVUS
  • Harriet Glen, Principal Transport Planner, Transport for London
  • Debbie Rivers, Regional Maintenance Manager, Royal Mail Fleet

Male Agent of Change  – Awarded to a man for his active commitment to advancing the progress of women working in Transport and Logistics

  • Vernon Barchou, Vice President, Human Resources, DHL Supply Chain
  • Wayne Jay, National Distribution Director, Royal Mail
  • Jon Stockton, Vice President – Ground Operations UK and Storage Fashion & Solutions, FedEx Express UK
Photo: Previous winners show their delight.