Freight Transport Association

Multimodal 2019

Women win Awards...

Recently, there have been three awards celebrating the successes of the women working in logistics and transport. Below is a summary of the roll of honour...


Inspirational women recognised at 10th FTA everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards

Twelve of the most inspirational female role models in the UK’s transport and logistics industry received prizes at the 2017 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards.

The awards celebrated their 10th anniversary with a glittering ceremony at the London Marriott Hotel. FTA Chief Executive David Wells, who presented the prizes, said:

“These awards celebrate the wealth of female talent in a traditionally male-dominated sector. Logistics is one of the UK’s most important industries, employing more than 2.54 million people and ensuring that all aspects of our economy continue to work as efficiently as possible. 

“At such a time of great change and economic uncertainty, we need to inspire young people and showcase aspirational role models. The teenagers of today are the transport managers and logistics directors of tomorrow and these awards help us to raise the profile of our sector throughout the country.”

The awards programme was launched to raise awareness of the varied opportunities within transport and logistics, while creating visible role models to inspire and encourage more women to pursue a career in the industry. Judge Michael Dunn from DHL said they promoted “opportunities for talented and successful women in the sector”.

Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman, commented:

“The role models celebrated, ranging from women excelling at the beginning of their career to those well-established in their journey, are a reflection of the many rewarding opportunities within the transport and logistics industry. We are proud to recognise individuals who are transforming the industry through their tenacity, passion for innovation and commitment to mentoring the next generation.” 

The winners were recognised as the finest in their field, from individuals making significant improvements to road and rail infrastructure to those renovating intricate warehouse logistics in organisations including Sainsbury’s and KPMG. 

As well as 12 category winners, one overall winner was identified as Woman of the Year. This went to Julie McCaffery from Grangemouth Stirlingshire, Change Manager (Scotland) at Asda, who was recognised for contributing to the increasing success of the organisation after she led numerous colleague engagement and continuous improvement projects. These initiatives improved the site’s overall safety, customer service and reduced colleague underperformance costs by 70% over the last 12 months alone. 

However, Julie’s tenacity is not limited to the workplace. Since 2010, she has worked on a part-time basis as an Associate Lecturer at the University of West Scotland, delivering the MSc program to Quality Management, Project Management and Logistics and Distribution students. By sharing her personal and professional experiences, Julie uses this platform to encourage and inspire students, particularly female students, to venture into the industry.  

The category winners for the 2017 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards are:

The Freight Award – sponsored by Eddie Stobart - Awarded to a woman demonstrating how she is innovating in the sector. 

  • Above and Beyond • Tracy Ward, Contract Manager, PD Ports
  • Leader • Jannette Wallace, Runcorn Depot Manager, CM Downton, from Runcorn, Cheshire

The Passenger Award - Awarded to a woman demonstrating how she is improving the customer experience. 

  • Above & Beyond • Victoria Garcia, Accessibility and Communities Officer, Brighton & Hove Buses, from Brighton & Hove 
  • Leader • Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director, Stagecoach East Midlands, from Lincoln

The Infrastructure Award - Awarded to a woman demonstrating how she is improving road or rail infrastructure. 

  • Above & Beyond • Caroline Milnes, Programme Manager, Tesco, from St Albans
  • Leader • Sue Kershaw, Managing Director, KPMG, from London

The Supply Chain Award – sponsored by DHL – Awarded to a woman demonstrating how she is improving processes within supply chain. 

  • Above & Beyond • Jeny Hanvey, Customer Service Manager, Kuehne + Nagel Ltd, from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
  • Leader • Gillian Joyce, Former National Fleet Manager, Post Office Ltd, from Manchester

The Warehousing Award – sponsored by Amazon - Awarded to a woman demonstrating how she is innovating and improving warehouse operations. 

  • Above & Beyond • Claire Davidson, Senior Project Manager - Logistics Implementation, J Sainsbury’s Plc, from Rugby, Warwickshire
  • Leader • Angela Howard, VP Operations – Retail, DHL Supply Chain, from Rugby, Warwickshire

The Industry Champion Award – sponsored by Asda Logistics Services - Awarded to one individual only, male or female, demonstrating the impact that they have had on attracting and retaining women in the industry.

  • • Jacqueline O'Donovan, Managing Director, O'Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd, from London 


Logistics champions crowned at Women in Logistics prize-giving

Four inspirational logistics champions have been honoured at the annual Women in Logistics prize-giving ceremony.

The Leader of the Year Award prize was presented to Jacqueline O'Donovan of O'Donovan Waste Disposal, while Sarah Shaw from the University of Hull was given a rare "highly commended" award, proving just how tough the competition was.

The Diversity Champion of the Year Award (sponsored by The Forton Group) was won by Jennifer Swain of JPS, and the under 30 Young Woman of the Year Award (sponsored by DHL) was won by Kelly Wilson of Dynamic Medical.

DHL also earned the Company of the Year Award for its role as an employer promoting diversity in the workplace.

The awards ceremony was at an exclusive dinner and ball, where logistics professionals from throughout the UK gathered to celebrate the year's successes.

The festivities, which take place each year, were organised by Women in Logistics, a membership group formed in 2008 to increase the number of women in the industry, improve life for those women already working in logistics and to address the gender imbalance issue.

Clare Bottle of Women in Logistics said: "WIL champions the vital contribution that women must make, to ensure the sustainability and success of the logistics sector within the UK economy. 

"Our prize-giving ceremony provides a platform to showcase the talents and achievements of some exceptional role-models and we are delighted to be able to share their stories with a wide audience. By learning about our winners, we hope others will believe in themselves even more and be inspired to sponsor the women around them too."

The awards and charity ball this year raised £4000 to support Transaid, a charity that tackles poverty and disadvantage by building transport skills and knowledge in the developing world.


Transport News Magazine have announced the winners of the 2017 Women in Transport Awards.

The transport industry consists of numerous sectors, ranging from Logistics to Consultancy. However, in an industry that is commonly perceived to be male dominated, it can be difficult for women to gain recognition for their work.

We acknowledge the achievements made by women in this competitive and rapidly developing industry, whose work deserves to be applauded. As such, the Women in Transport Awards 2017 have been established in order to recognise women who serve at the heart of the transport division, as well as showcase those whose efforts give rise to the success of transport companies across the world.

Awards Coordinator Freya Coles commented:

“Women working in this male dominated industry have to face a barrage of challenges, but despite this they have worked tirelessly to achieve success for both themselves and their clients. As such I would like to congratulate them and wish them the best of luck for the future.”

Transport News prides itself on the validity of its awards and winners. The awards are given solely on merit and are awarded to commend those most deserving for their ingenuity and hard work, distinguishing them from their competitors and proving them worthy of recognition.

To learn more about our award winners and to gain insight into the working practices of the “best of the best”, please visit the Transport News website ( where you can access the winners supplement.

After 40 years in business, MIES International, a privately owned business that provides a complete independent and unbiased approach to International Logistics and Supply Chain Management, has been awarded the title of Best Independent International Freight Forwarder West Midlands and their Sales and Marketing Manager Michelle Fuller, the Most Influential Woman in Logistics West Midlands 2017.

Michelle joined MIES 3 ½ years ago bringing with her over 15 years’ experience in International forwarding. Coming from a large corporate background, she embraced the opportunity to work for a smaller, privately owned forwarder and was able to use her experiences and the experiences of her colleagues to successfully project manage the national and international logistics of the new development of two Waste to Energy power plants in the UK.

Projects like this are just a small section of MIES’ excellence and with over 100 years of experience between the senior management team, their leadership will ensure future success for them and their clients.

Opening Times

Tues 18th June 2019 10:00 - 17:00

Awards/VIP Dinner 19:00 - 24:00

Wed 19th June 2019 10:00 - 19:00

Multimodal Mixer 17:00 - 19:00
(Late night opening & happy hour)

Thurs 20th June 2019 10:00 - 15:00


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