Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Women in Logistics Awards Winners Announced After Record Entry from Supply Chain Contenders

Thousands of Votes Cast in Public Ballot to Decide Winners
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UK – The annual Women in Logistics UK Awards saw a record entry this year from companies and individuals right across the various sectors of the supply chain. A glittering charity ball was held in the West Midlands to celebrate the 2013 event where, as well as partying hard into the night, attendees raised over £6000 for Transaid, a charity Women in Logistics UK has supported right from the early days. Women in Logistics founder, Ruth Waring FCILT, commented:

"As well as celebrating women's achievements we had a fantastic night of networking, dancing and fun. We saw the number of entries to this year's awards increase threefold and there were almost 6,000 votes cast to decide the winners, which clearly shows real interest in this sector. The winning companies and individuals showed real thought leadership on gender equality, and had a clear vision for the future. These are ambitious and high performing women who have made remarkable contributions to our industry, and it's wonderful to be able to publicly acknowledge their talents." 

The winners, selected by public vote, are as follows:

• The Company of the Year award 2013 (sponsored by The Forton Group), went to Royal Mail, with an impressive 85% of the vote;

• SME of the Year Award 2013 (sponsored by Pepsico) was BiS Henderson.

In the individual categories, which were shortlisted by Professor Richard Wilding of Cranfield University the winners are:

• Danielle Kozlowska from Tesco is this year's Woman of the Year (sponsored by Search Consultancy) and

• Rebecca Smith from Norbert Dentressangle was awarded Young Woman of the Year (sponsored by Manpower).

Following its establishment in 2008 by Ruth Waring and a group of friends, Women in Logistics has grown to include over 3,500 members who share its overall aim to increase the number of women in the sector, improve life for those women already working in logistics and address the undisputed gender imbalance issues in the industry.

The organisation has long supported the aims of Transaid, the charity which aims to promote and improve transport systems. One of Transaid's most successful projects to date has been their professional driver training project in Africa, where road crashes are the third biggest killer after HIV and malaria.

Photo: Richard Westhead, associate director from Search Consultancy (category sponsors), with winner of Women in Logistics 'Woman of the Year' award, Danielle Kozlowska, and Ruth Waring, founder of Women in Logistics. Photo by Allan Ng