Women in Logistics has unveiled the shortlist for its inaugural awards, and there’s fierce competition for the top prizes amongst some well-renowned industry figures. The shortlist can be seen at www.womeninlogistics.org.uk, and the winner will be decided by public vote. Voting ends 4th July at 8pm.
The not-for-profit group aims to support the careers of women in the logistics sector and will be honouring its Company of the Year and Woman of the Year at a glittering awards ceremony held at Kenilworth’s Chesford Grange Hotel on July 6.
Vying for the corporate award are three businesses that have demonstrated commitment and innovation in attracting, developing and retaining women at all levels.
CEVA Logistics – an international supply chain management company which established the Women’s Interactive Network offering support and mentoring for females in the industry
Premier Farnell – a global, multi-channel distributor whose chief executive, Harriet Green, was named in the FT’s Top 50 Women in Business and which also employs a female chair and head of global supply
Pepsico – the world-famous food and drinks brand which assists in the provision of female mentors to women-only businesses and has increased its recruitment of women by 50% in the last year.
This award is sponsored by The Forton Group (www.thefortongroup.com)
The individual award is bestowed in honour of Jean Haslam, who was the first female and the first non-American to be voted the best transport manager in the US army and the first woman to become a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport.
Shortlisted for this prestigious award are four high-performing and ambitious individuals who are working to challenge pre-conceptions in this male-centric industry.
Philippa Bell – the director of Shipmore who has lobbied the Minister of Transport to raise the profile of women in logistics
Marie Boyer – the managing director of France Line, who has overseen a huge increase in shipments and turnover in the last 12 months
Adele Waite – general manager of a $1.25bn global contract for DHL who has driven growth of return on capital employed by 740% for her organisation
Lynne Watson – contract development manager at Wincanton who was integral in acquiring a £26m contract with Sainsbury’s
This award is sponsored by Hays Logistics (www.hays.co.uk/logistics)
Selecting this shortlist from the list of candidates was the job of Richard Wilding, Professor of Supply Chain Strategy at Cranfield School of Management, and Ruth Waring FCILT, who established Women in Logistics in 2008.
Ruth said: "We are delighted with the volume and quality of entries received. It was an enormously encouraging task to read through all the candidates and learn about the positive impact they are all having on our industry, but that made narrowing them down to a shortlist even tougher for us!
"The aim of Women in Logistics (UK), which now has 2,800 male and female members, is to support the careers of women working in logistics. Our inaugural ball will be a fantastic celebration of the companies and the individuals in logistics, a great networking opportunity and a night to remember. The winner of each category will certainly be deserving of their award."
The winners will be announced on the night at Chesford Grange Hotel on July 6, an evening which will be held in benefit of Transaid. Transaid is a charity which tackles poverty and disadvantage by building transport skills and knowledge to the developing world.www.transaid.org.
The Women in Logistics Ball and award presentation is on Friday 6th July 2012 from 19.00hrs at Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, near Warwick, CV8 2LD
All proceeds will go to Transaid. Tickets are available at £80/head. They can be purchased from the www.womeninlogistics.org.uk