Sunday, June 12, 2016

More Women Road Haulage Drivers Sought as Annual Logistics Awards Nominees Announced

Event Supports Charity and Promotes Further Gender Diversity in the Transport Industry
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UK – Women in Logistics has revealed the final shortlist of the most influential individuals and businesses vying for recognition at this year’s Charity Ball and Annual Conference Night on June 17. Now in its fifth year, the Women in Logistics Awards provide a great opportunity to showcase the achievements of the amazing women in the sector and the companies actively working to support the employment of a more diverse workforce in the industry, whilst raising funds for the chosen charity, Transaid, and promoting an industry that is ideally suited to more female workers, from freight clerks to road haulage drivers, a sector desperately short of qualified staff.

As usual the winners will be chosen by a panel of industry veterans headed by Richard Wilding, Professor of Supply Chain Strategy at Cranfield School of Management, and announced at the glittering prize-giving ceremony at St John's Hotel in Solihull.

The awards and charity dinner will once again follow on from the Women in Logistics Conference taking place earlier in the day. This year's theme is Competency and Talent Development, with speakers including supply chain leaders from Eddie Stobart, Hotel Chocolat and Westminster Business School and a keynote address by Wendy Manning, Vice President - Customer Logistics at Coca Cola Enterprises.

The day has been organised by Women in Logistics, established in 2008 to increase the number of women in the industry, improve life for those women already working in logistics and to address the gender imbalance issue. Vice Chair of Women in Logistics, Melanie Longman, said:

"Selecting shortlists of candidates and picking just one winner per category has again been an incredibly tough task, but we are convinced that anybody taking home an award on the night will be a deserved winner. The conference, awards, dinner and ball have always proven to be a hugely popular fixture with our members and this year we have even more reason to celebrate after we increased membership beyond 3,600 and expanded our steering group."

The awards and charity ball will operate in support of Transaid, for which Women in Logistics has raised £35,000 since 2008. Transaid tackles poverty and disadvantage by building transport skills and knowledge to the developing world.

Shortlist for the Women in Logistics 2016 awards:

Leader of the year (sponsored by Tarmac)

  • Helen Brewin (WEGO Couriers)
  • Alexandra Greaves (Virgin Trains)
  • Lynsey McIntosh (Oakland International)
  • Jane Phelan (Greenshields Cowie)
  • Karen Stalker (Stalkers Transport)

Young Woman of the Year (sponsored by Kuehne+Nagel)

  • Andrea Balogh (XPO)
  • Chloe Barratt (XPO)
  • Charlotte Phillips (Royal Mail)
  • Emily Scott (Royal Mail)
  • Jen Yaxley (Amey)

Diversity Champion of the Year (sponsored by the Forton Group)

  • Naheed Afzal (Contracts IT)
  • Marie Forrester (Royal Mail)
  • Natasha Makhijani (Snapp CV)
  • Lesley O'Brien (Freightlink/RHA)

Company of the Year (sponsored by IMHX)

  • Royal Mail
  • XPO

Photo: Last year’s award winners in triumphant mood.