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Norbert Dentressangle management trainee Rebecca Smith crowned Young Woman of the Year by Women in Logistics

Women in Logistics is a not-for-profit networking and support group, which aims to aid and assist the careers of women in the sector. Rebecca won the public vote and was awarded the title of Young Woman of the Year at a charity ball for Transaid on 20th September in the West Midlands.

Having joined Norbert Dentressangle in 2010 as an agency colleague, Rebecca’s exceptional performance and leadership potential was quickly spotted by management. She became one of only five candidates from over 1,000 applicants to be selected for the company’s Fast Track Talent Programme.

During the programme Rebecca implemented numerous operational efficiency measures in her work placements, which have achieved cost savings for the business and its customers in excess of £275,000. She has also gone on to write a blog about her experiences and act as a buddy for new female trainees coming into the business.

Most recently Rebecca has been representing Norbert Dentressangle in a project manager role in Tanzania, where she has been supporting Transaid’s Professional Driver Training Project to reduce the number of people killed on the roads in sub-Saharan Africa.

Rebecca said: "I feel honoured to have won the Young Woman in Logistics 2013 Award and privileged to represent young women working in logistics. I am very grateful for the opportunities and support I have received from Norbert Dentressangle and Transaid. I would urge other women to consider a career in logistics, it’s a challenging and diverse sector and I’m thoroughly enjoying it!"

"We’re delighted that Rebecca has won this award," said Chris Dolby, Learning & Development Manager, Norbert Dentressangle Logistics UK. "As soon as she joined the business, Rebecca very quickly impressed the management team with her enthusiasm, inter-personal skills and work ethic. She is an outstanding ambassador for all women in logistics and has made a real impact on the business and the FTTP programme – both here in the UK and in Tanzania."

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