Finalists Announced for the 2019 everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards

The Diversity Journey – Building the Future of Logistics

2019 everywoman in Transport & Logistics finalists announced


London, 13 May 2019: 46 individuals from the UK’s thriving Transport & Logistics industry have been announced today as finalists in the 2019 everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards programme. From freight and rail to retail and architecture, they showcase the range of opportunities that redefine an industry traditionally seen to offer manual, male-dominated jobs.


For the past 12 years, everywoman – the leading expert for the advancement of women in business – has been committed to celebrating the UK’s brightest female talent in the industry using the awards as a platform to applaud their success. A recent PwC Transportation Report found that companies with the largest number of women at board level outperformed those with the least by 26% in return on invested capital* proving that female talent is crucial for business.


This year’s awards programme will see two winners per category - one industry “Leader” with a breadth of experience and one individual at any stage of their career, who is going “Above and Beyond” in their business sector. An “Industry Champion” Award will shine the light on a woman contributing to the progress of other women, while a “Male Agent of Change” will be recognised for his commitment to gender diversity. For the first time in 2019, the industry’s fresh talent will also be celebrated by the “Apprentice of the Year” Award.


Maxine Benson MBE, Co-Founder of everywoman, comments, “Women account for only 18% of the overall transport and logistics industry, which is a cry for urgent change to be made, considering the value they add**. Encouraging women to pursue senior positions is crucial for the growth of the sector. Building the future of logistics means highlighting the role of technology and emotional intelligence in more creative job roles. This proves how many opportunities are also out there for the younger generation. Our finalists this year are already occupying these roles and their success stories will inspire others to do the same”.


The 2019 awards finalists are:


The Freight Award – Awarded to two women who are innovating and excelling in their role within freight 


Above and Beyond

  • Hannah Sibley, Time Charter Contract Management Team Lead, Shell, from London
  • Rokaiya Sidat, Distribution Manager, Royal Mail, from Coventry
  • Katie Susans, Hubs Change & Implementation Lead, TNT, from Atherstone


  • Allison Kemp, Managing Director, AIM Commercial Services, from Derbyshire
  • Kimberely McIntosh, Service Deliver Leader for Central London, Royal Mail, from London
  • Alina Tuerk, Delivery Planning Manager, TfL, from Catford


The Customer / Passenger Award – Awarded to two women excelling in their role for customers / passengers in transport, logistics and freight


Above and Beyond

  • Amy Chapman, Customer Ambassador, Great Western Railway, from Exeter
  • Aoife Considine, Fleet Performance and Safety Engineer, Heathrow Express, from Acton
  • Elizabeth Harkin, Head of Guest Experience Support, Caledonian Sleepers, from Glasgow


  • Gaynor Marshall, Communications Director, Lothian Group, from Edinburgh
  • Mailys Pineau, Principal Consultant, Momentum Transport, from London
  • Jenni Wiggle, Senior Director, Living Streets, from London


The Infrastructure Award – sponsored by Amazon – Awarded to two women who are innovating or excelling in their role within transportation and infrastructure


Above and Beyond

  • Isabel Branco, Architect, TfL, from London
  • Chelsea Dosad, Associate Director Infrastructure Advisory, KPMG, from London
  • Lisa Hogben, Programme Delivery Manager, The Nichols Group, from London


  • Sian Baker, Senior Manager, Asda, from Leeds
  • Marianne  Kilpatrick, Director, Lavalin Atkins Transport Consulting & Advisory, from London
  • Claire Rose, Senior Construction Manager, HS2, from London


The Supply Chain Award – Awarded to two women who are innovating and excelling in their role within the supply chain environment.


Above and Beyond

  • Jade Carney, Regional Operations Manager, Same Day TNT UK, from Barking
  • Rhian  Grundy, Field Divisional Manager of the South, Hermes UK, from Leeds
  • Kelly Pepper, Head of Business Development, Unipart Rail, from Crewe
  • Angela Roberts, General Manager of Development, Sainsburys Argos, from Milton Keynes


  • Karen  Beardsley, Managing Director of Supply Chain Solutions, Unipart Rail, from Doncaster
  • Sue Branston, Country Head UK and Ireland Fleet Logistics, part of TÜV SÜD Group, from Birmingham
  • Janet Crier, Category Supply Manager Ambient, The Co-operative Group, from Manchester
  • Anita Donohoe, Vice President and Global Key Accounts, CEVA Logistics, from Ashby de la Zouch


The Warehousing Award – Awarded to two women who are excelling in their role within a warehousing environment.


Above and Beyond

  • Georgia Akuwudike, Senior Operations Manager, Amazon, from Coventry
  • Sarah-Jayne Owen, Interim General Manager, CEVA Logistics, from Barton-under-Needwood
  • Victoria Watson, Storekeeper, Arriva, from Dartford
  • Jessica Wright, Area Manager, London North Hermes UK, from Leeds


  • Emma Barrowcliffe, Operations Manager, Asda, from Leeds
  • Karen  Hopkinson, General Manager, Co-Op, from South Normanton
  • Selina  Rennie, Operations Manager, Harper Collins Publishers, from Glasgow
  • Martyna Urban, Operations Manager, Amazon, from Peterbrough


Industry Champion Award – sponsored by Asda – Awarded to a woman who is championing the progress of women working in transport and logistics

  • Angie  Doll, Passenger Services Director, Govia Thameslink Railway, from Croydon
  • Sharon Duffy, Head of Transport Infrastructure, TfL Engineering, from London
  • Lydia Fairman, Lead Capability and Development Manager, Network Rail, from Milton Keynes


Male Agent of Change – Awarded to a man for his active commitment to advancing the progress of women working in transport and logistics

  • Nathan Bower, Senior Director, Asda, from Leeds
  • Trevor Hoyle, Senior Vice President, Northern Europe Operations FedEx Express, from Atherstone
  • Neil Pepper, Renewals and Enhancements Night Construction Manager, TfL, from Milton Keynes
  • Gordon Wakeford, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Mobility, from Poole


*New for 2019* Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Amey - Awarded to any male or female apprentice excelling in transport and logistics

  • Katrina-Rose Allen, Apprentice Engineer, Govia Thameslink Railway, from Croydon
  • Kelsie Dugmore, Mechanical Engineering Apprentice, Arriva, from Cannock
  • Kylie Griffiths, Engineering Apprentice, Brighton & Hove Bus & Coach Company, from Hove
  • Caitlin Slade, Apprentice Vehicle Technician, Royal Mail Fleet, from Croydon
  • Jemma Wood, Workshop Manager, Stagecoach East, from Cambridgeshire


The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 13 June 2019, at Grosvenor House. For further information, or to book tickets, visit www.everywoman.com/tlawards



Can we redress the gender imbalance in the logistics industry? * (Michael Page)

Transport ministers call on industry to become leaders in gender equality** (GOV.co.uk)


Notes to Editors



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