Friday, June 5, 2015

Women in Logistics Event Will Promote Female Roles – from Freight Clerks to Road Haulage Drivers

Conference on Risk in the Supply Chain then Award Ceremony Celebrates the Best of the Best
Shipping News Feature

UK – After the recent successful FTA everywoman in Transport and Logistics awards luncheon, it is now the time for Women in Logistics (WiL) to shine as it unveils its finalists for its own 2015 Annual Awards and Charity Ball. Now in its fourth year, the Women in Logistics Awards is a great opportunity to showcase the achievements of the amazing women in the logistics sector whilst raising funds for the chosen charity, Transaid and promoting an industry that is ideally suited for more female workers, from freight clerks to road haulage drivers, a sector desperately short of qualified staff.

The awards night will be held at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire, where three individuals will be crowned for their pioneering work in the logistics industry, and one company will be honoured for its contribution to championing the work of women. Prior to the glittering charity ball and awards night, WiL has organised a conference on ‘Managing Risk in the Supply Chain’, to be held at the PepsiCo Offices in Leicester on June 26. Delegates will hear from their choice of ten logistics industry experts speaking and delivering workshops on a variety of risk management topics including procurement best practice, contingency planning and meeting environmental expectations.

The events have been organised by the 3,500-strong Women in Logistics membership organisation, which was formed to connect, engage and inspire women in this sector and, at a time when the whole of the supply chain industry faces a major skills shortage, recruiting from a wider talent pool is readily seen as a giant step to ease the issue. Women in Logistics founder, Ruth Waring FCILT said:

"This day marks the culmination of a year's work for our organisation and we are delighted to bring together so many members to learn from each other and to be able to honour the superstars at our charity dinner. We have been overwhelmed with the quantity and quality of the entrants for this year's awards. Our judge, Professor Richard Wilding, had a tough job to separate out the truly brilliant from merely outstanding.

"There are so many amazing women working out there in the logistics sector and it is inspirational to read through their entries and hear about the challenges taken on. We're also pleased that our short-list includes nominees from a wide size and range of companies and organisations, reflecting the diversity in our unique industry."

Shortlist for the Women in Logistics 2015 awards:

Leader of the Year

1. Suzy Bailey-Hawke, Director of Marketing  TNT

2. Laura Nelson, Managing Director RTITB

3. Wilma Randall, Vice President IT  DHL Supply Chain

4. Carole Woodhead, CEO Hermes

Rising Star of the Year

1. Lieutenant Charlotte Edwards, Royal Logistics Corps

2. Lauren Hassan, Doddle

3. Chloe Longstaff, TNT

4. Captain Alexandra Petherbridge, RLC

5. Emma Ross, Crimson & Co / CILT

6. Kate Turner, DB Schenker

Diversity Champion of the Year

1. Sarah Bell, Head of Learning and Talent Development TNT UK

2. Helen Diksa, HR Director (Operations) Royal Mail

3. John Smith, HR Director Eddie Stobart

Company of the Year

1. Coca Cola Enterprises

2. Freightex

3. Oliver Sanderson

4. Royal Logistics Corps