Monday, September 2, 2013

Plethora of Transport and Supply Chain Talent at Women at Logistics Awards

Extra Places in Short List Due to Some Hot Competition
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UK - Women in Logistics (UK), the organisation established by Ruth Waring and a group of friends some five years ago has grown to speak on behalf of its 4000+ transport and supply chain members, a catholic mix joined by a common industry bond. The depth of talent worthy of inclusion in the individual category for Woman of the Year at next month’s Women in Logistics Charity Ball and Awards event has meant that there are six names, as opposed to the originally planned four, on the shortlist for the title. Women in Logistics, Vice Chair, Clare Bottle, explains:

"There were so many excellent candidates to the Woman of the Year award, we took the decision to have 6 women on our shortlist, rather than the 4 we had planned. So we're encouraging as many people as possible to visit the voting site to see what the outstanding women in our sector have achieved. We have seen the [overall] number of entries to this year's awards increase threefold, which really shows the interest in this sector. In all the categories, the shortlisted companies and individuals have shown real thought leadership on gender equality, and had a clear vision for the future."

The shortlists for the individual categories were decided by Professor Richard Wilding of Cranfield University but the final decision as to the actual winners of all categories in the event is decided by a public vote so anybody can press for their own choice using the online voting options available HERE. From here one can also see the reasons for each nomination to assist in making one’s choice.

The Company of the Year award 2013 sponsored by The Forton Group, is awarded to a company in the UK logistics sector who has most impressed the judges over their commitment to the recruitment and development of women. The shortlisted companies are:

Premier Farnell, Royal Mail Group and Unipart Logistics

The shortlisted companies for the SME of the Year Award 2013 sponsored by Pepsico are: 

BiS Henderson, Franceline and LoveFreight.

Woman of the Year sponsored by Search Consultancy, and Young Woman of the Year sponsored by Manpower are both looking for an ambitious and high-performing individual making a remarkable contribution and who champions the achievements of women in the logistics sector.

The shortlists for these two categories are as follows:

Young Woman of the Year

Katie Cox - Royal Mail

Lyndsay Duff - DHD

Rebecca Smith - Norbert Dentressangle

Jennifer F Strachan - Muller Wiseman Dairies

Woman of the Year

Marie Boyer - Franceline

Rebecca Davies - AKW

Anna Gray - Royal Mail

Danielle Kozlowska - Tesco

Wendy Manning - Coca Cola

Pat Smedley - Business on the Move

This year’s Women in Logistics Charity Ball and award presentation is on Friday 20th September 2013 at the St. John’s Hotel in Solihull and you can register for the event HERE.

To mark the 15th anniversary of transport charity Transaid, Women in Logistics are donating all proceeds once again to the charity for which last year they managed to raise over £8000 at the event.

Photo: Celebrations for the winners at last year’s event.