Monday, June 29, 2015

Women in Logistics Awards Illustrate What Many in the World of Freight Know

Military Achieves Double Triumph at Annual Event
Shipping News Feature

UK – This year’s annual Women in Logistics (WiL) Awards took place at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire on June 26 and confirmed what many in the world of freight have always known, when it comes to logistics, trust the military to do it properly. Earlier this month at the FTA everywoman Awards for Transport and Logistics we saw London based Lt Cdr Elaine Boyd RN, a Royal Navy Logistics Officer, collect the Team Leader of the year Award and at the WiL event the Royal Logistics Corps went one better, picking up the Company of the Year Award and staff member Lieutenant Charlotte Edwards collecting the Rising Star of the Year trophy.

The awards ceremony ties in with the annual ball in aid of the transport charity Transaid and also a conference on ‘Managing Risk in the Supply Chain’, held earlier in the day. As usual there were numerous strong candidates in all categories and longstanding CEO of Hermes, Carole Woodhead was crowned Leader of the Year. Hermes has achieved over 15% sales growth each year for the past five years, delivering parcels for many of the UK's top retailers with a first-time delivery success rate of over 98%, against an industry average of 92%.

Lieutenant Charlotte Edwards perhaps had the toughest job, fighting off an exceptionally strong field including the five other candidates on the shortlist for Rising Star of the Year, and winning through for leading successful missions in Poland and Ebola stricken Sierra Leone. This was the first salvo in the winning double by the Royal Logistics Corps which collected the Company of the Year title for leading the British Army's campaign to recruit more women.

The Diversity Champion award recognises women and men who advocate for women in the sector. It was won by Royal Mail's HR Director Helen Diksa. Under her leadership, the proportion of women recruited rose from 19% to 29% in one year and Royal Mail was listed by The Times as a Top 50 Employer for Women. Commenting on the awards, Women in Logistics Vice-Chair Clare Bottle said:

"Whether it's delivering millions of parcels during the Christmas Peak or leading a mission to tackle Ebola in Sierra Leone, logistics careers offer an amazing array of challenges and these awards highlight the opportunities for women to excel. Every individual on our shortlist is an inspiring role model and Women in Logistics UK is proud to be able to showcase their remarkable achievements."

A full shortlists and winners list is:

Leader of the Year sponsored by Kuehne + Nagel

• WINNER - Carole Woodhead, CEO at Hermes

• Suzy Bailey-Hawke, Director of Marketing at TNT

• Laura Nelson, Managing Director at the RTITB

• Wilma Randall, Vice President IT at DHL Supply Chain

Rising Star of the Year sponsored by BiS Henderson

• WINNER - Lieutenant Charlotte Edwards, Royal Logistic Corps

• Laura Hassan, Doddle

• Chloe Longstaff, TNT

• Captain Alexandra Petherbridge, RLC

• Emma Ross, Crimson & Co / CILT

• Kate Turner, DB Schenker

Diversity Champion of the Year sponsored by Hays

• WINNER - Helen Diksa, HR Director (Operations) at Royal Mail

• Sarah Bell, Head of Learning and Talent Development at TNT UK

• John Smith, HR Director at Eddie Stobart

Company of the Year sponsored by the Forton Group

• WINNER - Royal Logistic Corps

• Coca Cola Enterprises

• Freightex

• Oliver Sanderson