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Winners Announced in FTA Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards

WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN FTA everywoman in TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS AWARDS

16 May 2013: The winners of the FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards have been announced today at a ceremony held at Londons iconic Savoy Hotel.The Ceremony was attended by leading figures from the sector along with representatives from the media, business, and government, including a keynote address by Stephen Hammond MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport. This, the UKs leading Awards programme for women in transport and logistics, was an opportunity to celebrate the female role models who have demonstrated remarkable success, whether in senior management positions, as drivers, or young trailblazers in the early stages of a promising career.

These Awards were created by everywoman six years ago, who, alongside industry thought-leaders, identified that a lack of female role models was deterring women from pursuing careers in this fast-moving, continually-evolving sector. By raising the profile of these passionate, inspirational women, the Award programme demonstrates how rewarding a career in transport and logistics is. In particular the Awards goal is to reach out to a younger talent pool, crucial to the economic success of an industry that has a disproportionately ageing workforce.

The industry as a whole has accepted a need to proactively promote itself to new job-hunters. The recent FTA Logistics Report revealed that CEOs in transport and logistics are more likely than their counterparts in other sectors to be using workforce development programmes that encouraged diversity as part of their succession planning*. The winners unveiled today will help to raise awareness to job-seekers that the industry is fast-paced, diverse, challenging and satisfying.

On the morning of the Awards everywoman hosted a Roundtable discussion with senior leaders and influencers within the sector to discuss practical initiatives that attract and retain female talent.

The winners in the FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards for 2013 are:

Woman of the Year sponsored by FTA
Jacqui  Gavaghan
,Performance Director, Reading Transport Limited from Reading
Rising Star of the Year Award sponsored by Motor Transport
Charlotte Laval
, Supplier Performance Service Manager, Wincanton plc from Chippenham
Driver of the Year Award sponsored by TNT
Shauni  O’Neill
, Train Operator, London Underground Ltd from London
Director of the Year Award sponsored by Asda Stores Ltd
Lindsay Haselhurst
, Development & Marketing Director, Wincanton plc from Chippenham
The Warehousing Award sponsored by UKWA
Adele Waite
, General Manager-Consumer Life Science Division, DHL Supply Chain from Banbury
Industry Champion Award sponsored by DHL Supply Chain
Ruth Waring FCILT
, Managing Director, Labyrinth Logistics Consulting Ltd from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Innovation & Sustainability Award sponsored by DHL Supply Chain
Danielle Kozlowska
, Process Improvement Manager, Stanley Black & Decker from Northampton
Team Leader of the Year Award sponsored by MAN Truck & Bus
Marion  Roberts
, Station Manager, Network Rail from London

In addition, in recognition of her commitment to championing the role of women in the industry, Nikki King OBE, Managing Director of Izuzu Truck (UK) was presented with the inaugural Spirit of everywoman Award.

Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman, comments: The transport and logistics industry in the UK is vast and there are so many opportunities for women with the determination, enthusiasm and passion to succeed. With transport and logistics becoming an ever-evolving, fast moving, technology driven industry offering long term, sustainable careers, it is critical that the women playing an influencing role in shaping and leading this sector should be celebrated. Todays winners, boasting a varied skills-set, are examples of this – resourceful, pioneering and innovative women who represent the very essence of what makes the industry great. We are proud to be able to celebrate their achievements and are confident their success will inspire women of all ages, experience and skills-levels to bring their talents to the industry.

Theo de Pencier, Chief Executive of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) adds:

FTA is exceptionally proud to be the Title Partner of the 2013 everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards. Women are an essential part of every aspect of supply chains, from drivers and warehouse staff, to transport managers and managing directors. Industry cannot be passive in attracting women, and the FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards are the perfect opportunity to showcase how women can make a career in transport a successful and fulfilling one which is why FTA is delighted to support this event. FTA is leading by example through the high proportion of female specialists and managers it employs and women also hold key positions on its Operating Board.

Laura Hailstone, Group Content Editor at Motor Transport comments: Motor Transport has supported the everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards since their inception in 2008 and is proud to be the media partner of these fantastic awards for the sixth consecutive year. Over the last few years we have written regularly about the need for the road transport sector to improve its image in order to attract a wider talent pool of people into the industry, and women are a large part of that pool. There are some great

initiatives by the larger logistics firms to encourage more women into the industry, but there is still more that can be done by the mid-size and smaller operators.

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