Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Nominations Open for Top Women in UK Logistics and Freight Industry

Awards Will be Made in June
Shipping News Feature
UK – To celebrate International Woman’s day, the search has started for women who are making a difference in the logistics industry, with an annual awards ceremony set to recognise the cream of the crop. Women in Logistics, a UK-wide trade organisation championing the women in what is traditionally seen as a male-dominated industry. Logistics professionals can nominate themselves or their colleagues in three categories, while a fourth award will recognise the company doing the most to advance the cause of women in the industry.

The brightest and most ambitious stars from the sector have to lodge their applications by April 13 to be in with a chance of winning in either the categories for individuals: leader of the year, sponsored by XPO Logistics; diversity champion (also open to men) sponsored by The Forton Group; and young woman of the year, sponsored by DHL; or the fourth award celebrating a company in the Company of the Year award.

Richard Wilding, Professor of Supply Chain Strategy at Cranfield School of Management, will lead the panel of judges. Winners will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony on June 15 at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes.

Following the annual awards ceremony, there is a celebratory ball, where industry professionals can network and have fun while raising money for charity.

The annual awards and charity ball are organised by Women in Logistics, which was 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. Melanie Longman, Vice Chair of Women in Logistics, said:

"It's been another excellent year for our group and for women working within the logistics industry. Our annual awards ceremony is our opportunity to shine a light on the fantastic work being done, and to honour the stand-out individuals making the biggest impact. The charity ball allows us all to come together to celebrate our achievements of the last 12 months and I very much look forward to it!"

The awards and charity ball will operate in support of Transaid, for which Women in Logistics has raised £40,000 since 2012. Transaid is an international development organisation that transforms lives through safe, available, and sustainable transport.

Back row, L-R: Andrea Balogh and Chloe Barratt representing XPO Logistics who won Company. Front row, L-R: Jen Yaxley of Amey (Young Rising Star), Jane Phelan of Greenshields Cowie (Leader of the Year) and Marie Forrester of Royal Mail (Diversity Champion of the Year). Photo copyright Phil Hynds Photography.