26 May 2016: Leading figures from business gathered in London to celebrate the successful women working in the UK transport and logistics industry, as the 2016 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards winners were announced. Selected by a panel of industry experts, these women are considered the finest in their field and include - a young trailblazer destined for the top, a driver out on the road and a leader in a global organisation.
The FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards were launched nine years ago to raise awareness of the varied and rewarding careers that the transport and logistics sector offers, with the aim of increasing the number of women considering it as a career choice. This year’s winners come from organisations as diverse as Shell, Asda and Heathrow Express, showcasing the varying options for women contemplating a career in logistics or transport.
The winners in the 2016 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards are:
Woman of the Year Award:
Caroline Rose, who is Head of Regional Operations at TNT Express.
Rising Star of the Year Award:
Awarded to a woman aged under 30 who is excelling in her career.
Rachel Beckett, Coaching Team Leader, Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company, from Brighton & Hove
Driver of the Year Award:
Awarded to a woman who is excelling in her role as a driver including HGV, van, motorcycle or passenger transport.
Kirsty Sando, Driver Manager, Heathrow Express, from London
Awarded to a woman who is excelling in her role within a warehousing environment.
Helen Page, Team Manager, Mondelez, from Birmingham
Innovation & Sustainability Award:
Awarded to a woman who is implementing an innovative operational solution (technologies and processes) that is changing the industry in a positive way.
Katherine Trauth, Manager, LNG Marine Fuel Projects, Shell, from London
Team Leader of the Year Award:
Awarded to a woman who is leading a team to excel in a way that contributes greatly to the company's success.
Wendy Findlay, Fleet Support Engineer, First Glasgow, from Glasgow
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.
Kathryn Lewis, Operations Director, Advanced Supply Chain, from Manchester
Industry Champion of the Year Award:
Awarded to an individual, male or female, who is playing a vital role in attracting and retaining women in transport and logistics.
Jo Field, Head of Campaigns, Communications and Engagement, Transport for London, from London
Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman, comments, “The transport and logistics industry offers an incredible range of opportunities for women with the determination, enthusiasm and passion to succeed. The women celebrated today come from a variety of backgrounds and highlight what makes the industry so great – they are breaking barriers, changing perceptions, and are role models for others, both those already forging a career in the industry and those who have never even considered it. We are proud to be able to celebrate their achievements and are confident their success will inspire women of all ages, experience and skill-levels to bring their talent to the industry.
David Wells, Chief Executive Officer, FTA adds: “The winners of the 2016 FTA everywoman Transport & Logistics Awards 2016 truly reflect the diversity of roles within our industry. There is all too often a public misconception about what transport and logistics actually delivers, and recruiting women into our industry suffers as a result. We are delighted to and extremely proud to once again be the title partner of these prestigious awards. FTA is convinced that they will encourage more women into a career in the logistics sector in which they are seriously under-represented.”