Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Transport And Logistics Awards Aim To Smash The Glass Ceiling

Nominations Announced for the 2011 MAN Everywoman Prizes
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UK – The shortlist for the 2011 MAN everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards have been announced and with disparate categories from truck drivers to directors and trainers to environmentalists, the finalists range right across the haulage, warehousing supply and service sectors.

The awards ceremony and luncheon will be held at The Savoy Hotel in London on 4th May, where politicians, media, captains of industry, companies who recognise the value of a diverse workplace and the industry’s most successful women will gather to honour outstanding female success. Supported by Freight Transport Association (FTA) and trade associations and industry bodies across the sector, the MAN everywoman Transport & Logistics Awards are uncovering the industry’s most talented employees.

Once again support comes from MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd and the company’s chief Executive, Des Evans was enthusiastic in his praise of the calibre of women nominated saying:

“Once again it’s a great pleasure for MAN Truck & Bus UK to be sponsoring the everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards for the fourth consecutive year. 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 2011. 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 year’s 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. Good luck to all this years entrants in their chosen category.”

Nominees for this year are as follows:

Rising Star of the Year category, Sponsored by Royal Mail Group

Sarah Bauer, Walkers Raw Materials Coordinator, PepsiCo from Theale

Johanna Sharpe, Compliance Manager, Romac Technical Services Ltd, from Reading

Abby Taylor, Cycle Hire Expansion Project Manager, Transport for London from London

Commercial Driver of the Year category, Sponsored by Motor Transport

Pam Davis, HGV Driver, David Bletsoe Brown Ltd from Kettering

Linda Ferguson, Driver, Yodel from Carlisle

Lindsey Scott, Lorry Driver, Savage Haulage Limited, from March in Cambridgeshire

Director of the Year category, Sponsored by Asda

Jane Gorick, Managing Director, LPR UK from Redditch

Nicole Howarth, Managing Director, Global Freight Services Ltd from Telford

Nataša Šabanović, Managing Director, Whittle Eastern Europe Logistics Limited from Lancashire

The Warehousing category, Sponsored by DHL Supply Chain

Valerie Morris-Cook, General Manager, Wincanton, from London

Katie Thomas, Operations Manager, Northern Logistics of PepsiCo International from Durham

Anne Stevenson, General Manager, Wm Morrison Supermarket PLC from Bradford

Industry Trainer of the Year category, Sponsored by Skills for Logistics

Katie Bratton, Asda HGV Driver/Trainer, Asda Distribution from Lutterworth

Sheryll Elliott, Ops Support Manager, Royal Mail from Warrington

Corinne Murphy, General Manager Fleet Compliance, Wincanton from Doncaster

Green Champion of the Year category, Sponsored by DHL Supply Chain

Ria Bishop, Recycling Manager, DHL Supply Chain from Daventry

Claire James, Environmental Improvement Programme Coordinator & Employee Engagement Manager, DHL Supply Chain, Industrial Sector from Lutterworth

Annie Knell, Regional Environment Lead, Royal Mail from Cambridge

Team of the Year category, Sponsored by CEVA Logistics

Joanna Davies, Logistics Manager, Advance Uranium Asset Management Ltd from Preston

Gill Barnard, Logistics Development Manager, Nestle UK Ltd from York

Debbie Palmer, General Manager, DHL Supply Chain – Unilever Contract, from West Thurrock

Founded in 1999 Everywoman Ltd has the philosophy that it exists to inspire women to excel in their chosen field and has the largest women’s online network with over 37,000 members. Maxine Benson MBE, Co-founder and Director of Everywoman, comments:

“The quality of entries in this year’s awards was impressive. The transport and logistics sector is so often overlooked but it is an area that offers huge opportunities for those wanting to make their mark. These finalists are a huge inspiration for other women wanting to move into the industry. I wish them all the best of luck.”

The awards are supported by Skills for Logistics, the charity backed by over a hundred of the UK's top freight transport businesses as well as the leading trade bodies. Dr Mick Jackson, Chief Executive Officer commented:

“Skills for Logistics is proud to support the everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards. Workforce diversity is a key factor in ensuring that the sector moves forward. There are not enough women represented in logistics, so it is exciting to see so many women that are contributing to the future of such a vital sector to the UK and indeed the global economy.

"The women that have been nominated for these awards have demonstrated a wide range of skills that are helping to ensure the ongoing success of our industry. By celebrating these achievements and encouraging the recognition of women working in logistics these awards help to raise its profile and demonstrate the opportunities and the wide-ranging roles that are available within it.”