2012 MAN everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards

24 fantastic women within transport and logistics celebrated at The Savoy – at a glittering ceremony attended by leading industry figures. These Awards exist to show that the industry not only provides many opportunities for women – but also highlights the talented women working within the sector, at all levels.The day started with a roundtable discussion with influential figures from the transport and logistics industry. The aim was to discuss what the industry must do in order to attract, develop and retain the female talent within. Whilst it was accepted that much more can be done to encourage women to enter, through apprenticeships, increasing awareness at a younger age and an overall improvement in the profile of the industry – there was still much to celebrate. There are women in senior roles and more and more amazing women are finding just what the sector can offer. It was great to see the commitment from all as to how we can increase the pool of female talent within the industry.

The ceremony itself started with an address by Karen and Max. Much has been achieved in the past five years that the Awards have been running and it’s really important that we recognise this. Karen and Max spoke of the importance of role models in inspiring other women, and how attracting and retaining female talent is essential for the industry overall.

Following a fabulous lunch it was time for Norman Baker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport to deliver the keynote address. As he acknowledged, for far too long the industry has been seen as a purely male preserve and this is no longer the case. The glass ceiling, he said, belongs to a conservatory only – women can, and will make a difference to the industry – an industry that will really benefit from their skill sets.

Laura Hailstone from our media partner, Motor Transport then took to the stage to feed back on some of the topics discussed at the roundtable meeting and to encourage everyone to send in their good news stories around diversity – with a pledge to report these!

Our compere for the afternoon was the magnificent Amanda Stretton – a motorsport journalist and absolute motor-car fanatic through and through. Amongst many achievements Amanda was the first English woman to blaze her way to the finishing line at the Le Mans 24-hour race. The perfect person to introduce our winners and finalists…

And how inspiring they are… Our panel of judges had an incredibly tough time choosing this year’s winners as there was such a high standard. Hearing the speeches from the winners really brought home the talent, determination and desire to succeed from these exceptional women. The ‘Woman of the Year’ was announced as Lynne Watson, General Manager from Wincanton. It was great to see her win and the modesty with which she received the Award and thanking her ‘fabulous mentors’. Our judges described her achievements as ‘awe-inspiring’ and ‘phenomenal’ – they loved her energy, passion and determination. A truly amazing winner.

As Max explained, The MAN everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards have achieved so much over the past five years, starting with a vision to reward and value the industry’s female talent – a vision that clearly has been realized. To build on the amazing achievements of the Awards, everywoman are also holding the 2012 everywoman in Transport & Logistics Leadership Academy – to develop the female talent within the industry. The Academy will be a one day conference – a day of learning, inspiration and networking for women working in the industry. It is a great platform for our fabulous winners and finalists to share their insight into how they have managed their careers and achieved success.

All in all it was a fabulous day of celebrating some of the industry’s talented women. These women are true role models and this can only help encourage more women to join the sector. As Laurie Bartram, winner of Commercial Driver of the Year Award put it ‘I just want to encourage more women to be where I am’. I couldn’t agree more – and am pretty sure that these women will do just that.


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