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Awards aim to inspire more women recruits and redress the gender imbalance

23 May 2019 #CV Sector #Features & Interviews #Logistics #News #TNB News #Truck #Van

Despite effort and great progress made in recent years, there remains a gender imbalance in the transport and logistics industry.

Figures show that women currently make up less than 20% of the entire workforce in the, but with the number of transport and logistics jobs predicted to grow by 22% by 2022 the need to overcome the last obstacles preventing true equality is more urgent than ever.

That’s where everywoman – the leading expert for the advancement of women in business – comes in.

It’s committed to celebrating the UK’s brightest female talent in the industry using its annual everywoman Transport and Logistics Awards – now in their 11th year – as a platform to applaud their success. 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.

By doing this, everywoman aims to create vital role models to inspire women to explore the many and varied career opportunities in the sector.

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.”

She added, “Each year our awards play a vital role in changing the perception of the transport and logistics industry. With each success story shared by our nominees, more women are inspired to explore the variety of fulfilling careers in this ever-evolving industry. This year, we are highlighting the role that technology plays in creating even more opportunities in the industry and how this identifies the need for many different skills. And because we know that businesses with a more gender diverse workforce are 46% more likely to outperform those without, it is imperative that more women enter the industry.”

This year’s award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 13 June.

The 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



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