Finalists announced in the 2016 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards
22 of the most inspirational role models within the transport and logistics industry have been announced as finalists in the 2016 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards.
The awards aim to demonstrate the breadth of career opportunities offered by the industry, particularly for women, and those shortlisted are prime examples of this with careers ranging from engineers to warehousing managers and HGV drivers.
This is the ninth year of this programme, which celebrates the women who really shine, whether they are rising stars at the beginning of an exciting career journey or in senior roles sharing their success stories created over several years.
With the UK’s transport and logistics industry expected to receive double its current investment over the next decade, everywoman, the FTA and the Awards partners, hopes to raise the visibility of women excelling in this field, encouraging more females into this sector. The gender imbalance still present within transport and logistics means more women are needed to raise the profile of the sector and to help reduce the skills-gap, ensuring a more diverse and representative workforce.
Leader of the Year Award – sponsored by Asda Logistics Services: Awarded to a woman operating in a senior role, contributing to the strategic direction of the business.
The finalists for the Leader of the Year Award are:
Samantha Earl, general manager, Pertemps Driver Training, from Gloucester
Kathryn Lewis, operations director, Advanced Supply Chain, from Manchester
Louise Whitehouse, head of ground operations, TNT UK Ltd, from Atherstone, Warwickshire
Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman, commented, “Today’s announcement comes as the transport industry seeks to enhance its image as one that offers exciting opportunities to all women, from young women entering the workforce to those returning after a career break. This year’s finalists are the role models who demonstrate the industry is open to all backgrounds and skill-sets and that it welcomes talented and ambitious women. We know these finalists will inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”
David Wells, FTA chief executive added, “The Freight Transport Association is proud to once again be the Title Partner of the prestigious FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards 2016. Women are essential in every aspect of the UK logistics and supply chains – from drivers and warehouse staff, to transport managers and managing directors. It is essential that the logistics industry is able to access a wide talent pool, to meet its need for good quality staff at every level. The FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards encourages forward-thinking companies that are committed to introducing diversity to the freight industry, and showcases how women can make a career in transport a successful and fulfilling one.”
Jill Clark, senior director – People, Asda Logistics Services (ALS) said, “Asda is pleased to continue to support the FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards supporting and celebrating exceptional female talent. We recognise that great leadership sits at the heart of every business. At Asda we are committed to developing and nurturing colleagues through our award winning Leadership programmes that identifies and supports our female leaders of the future. We recruit for attitude and train for skill in the belief that a diverse colleague base makes us stronger and as 80% of our 18 million customers are women, and in a customer focused organisation we need to ensure that decision makers understand customer needs. By continuing to support the FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Leader of the Year Award, we hope that we can inspire others to recognise the great opportunities available for women in this industry and continue to attract great female talent.”
The winners will be unveiled at a ceremony attended by over 300 industry leaders on 26th May 2016 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.