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Women in Logistics’ 2017 awards launched

Winners from the Women in Logistics awards 2016, courtesy of

Winners from the Women in Logistics awards 2016, courtesy of

The search is on for women making a difference in the logistics industry, with an annual awards ceremony set to recognise the cream of the crop.

Women in Logistics, a UK-wide trade organisation, will celebrate individuals in three categories: leader of the year, diversity champion (also open to men) and young woman of the year. There’s also a fourth award to recognise the organisation doing the most to advance the cause of women in the industry.

Individuals can nominate themselves, or peers can nominate deserving winners on their behalf. It’s free to enter, and submissions must be received by 13th April 2017.

Here are quick links to our nomination pages:

Young Woman:




Richard Wilding, Professor of Supply Chain Strategy at Cranfield School of Management, will lead the panel of judges. Winners will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony on June 15 at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes.

Following the annual awards ceremony, there is a celebratory ball, where industry professionals can network in relaxed atmosphere, celebrate the year’s successes and have fun while raising money for charity.

The annual awards and charity ball are organised by Women in Logistics, which was established 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.

Melanie Longman, vice chair of Women in Logistics, said: “It’s been another excellent year for our group and for women working within the logistics industry.

“Our annual awards ceremony is our opportunity to shine a light on the fantastic work being done, and to honour the stand-out individuals making the biggest impact. The charity ball allows us all to come together to celebrate our achievements of the last 12 months and I very much look forward to it!”

The awards and charity ball will operate in support of Transaid, for which Women in Logistics has raised £40k since 2012. Transaid is an international development organisation that transforms lives through safe, available, and sustainable transport.

Full list of categories:

  • Leader of the Year Award, ), sponsored by XPO Logistics
  • Young Woman of the Year Award (under 30), sponsored by DHL
  • Diversity Champion of the Year Award (open to all), sponsored by The Forton Group
  • Company of the Year Award –being finalised.

To find out more about the awards, submit a nomination or to enquire about tickets, visit


We are looking for sponsors for our 2016 Summer Conference

Please contact if you may be able to help with any aspect of the day.  The summer Conference is a sister event to the Annual Charity Ball and Awards Night and will be held in the Solihull area on 17th June.  Our theme for 2016 is “Competency, skills and talent development”.  We are currently looking for a venue and speakers!

Keep the date free and we can all look forward to an enjoyable and productive day.

From Performance Management to Collaboration with Women in Logistics UK

‘From performance management to collaboration – how to make supply chain relationships work’ is the theme of Women in Logistics UK’s event of 19 November 2015 which will take place at Royal Mail London.

The day event will be kick-started by Mandy Winser, Director of Omni Logistics & Sustainability, B&Q and Samantha James, Logistics Development Manager at Screwfix, who will talk about their operational collaboration, the reality of the challenges and the benefits of the relationship.

This case study and following workshops with Doddle and Damco, as well as Cranfield University, will allow delegates to gain practical tools to create more collaborative, effective and productive supply chain relationships.

The networking group has also lined up The Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport since May 2015, to share the government’s role and plans. He will give the group some wider background before its members discuss their main concerns and key focus for 2016 as part of WIL AGM 2015.

The AGM part of the event will concentrate on discussion and decision-making on the issues affecting WIL’s members and their businesses and what action the group should take, and which events it should plan to support them with these.

The event is open to all members of Women in Logistics UK. At £50 per head, tickets are good value and include all refreshments and lunch, and there will be plenty of networking opportunities throughout the day. So book your space asap on Eventbrite or send an email to


Winners of the WIL awards 2015 announced

Massive congratulations go to all the winners of this year’s Women in Logistics UK awards. The results were announced at a glittering ball in aid of Transaid on Friday 26th June 2015.

ANG-PHOTO_0369The longstanding CEO of Hermes, Carole Woodhead was crowned Leader of the Year. Hermes has achieved over 15% sales growth each year for the past five years, delivering parcels for many of the UK’s top retailers with a first-time delivery success rate of over 98%, against an industry average of 92%.

With an exceptionally strong field this year, there were six candidates on the shortlist for Rising Star of the Year, which was ultimately won by Lieutenant Charlotte Edwards of the Royal Logistic Corps for leading successful missions in Sierra Leone and Poland.

It was a double whammy for the military corps, which has led the British Army’s campaign to recruit more women, with the RLC winning Company of the Year too.

The Diversity Champion award recognises women and men who advocate for women in the sector. It was won by Royal Mail’s HR Director Helen Diksa. Under her leadership, the proportion of women recruited rose from 19% to 29% in one year and Royal Mail was listed by The Times as a Top 50 Employer for Women.

Commenting on the awards, Women in Logistics Vice-Chair Clare Bottle said “Whether it’s delivering millions of parcels during the Christmas Peak or leading a mission to tackle Ebola in Sierra Leone, logistics careers offer an amazing array of challenges and these awards highlight the opportunities for women to excel. Every individual on our shortlist is an inspiring role model and Women in Logistics UK is proud to be able to showcase their remarkable achievements.”

Full shortlists and winners are:

Leader of the Year sponsored by Kuehne+Nagel

  • WINNER – Carole Woodhead, CEO at Hermes
  • Suzy Bailey-Hawke, Director of Marketing at TNT
  • Laura Nelson, Managing Director at the RTITB
  • Wilma Randall, Vice President IT at DHL Supply Chain


Rising Star of the Year sponsored by BiS Henderson

  • WINNER – Lieutenant Charlotte Edwards, RLC
  • Laura Hassan, Doddle
  • Chloe Longstaff, TNT
  • Captain Alexandra Petherbridge, RLC
  • Emma Ross, Crimson & Co / CILT
  • Kate Turner, DB Schenker


Diversity Champion of the Year sponsored by Hays

  • WINNER – Helen Diksa, HR Director (Operations) at Royal Mail
  • Sarah Bell, Head of Learning and Talent Development at TNT UK
  • John Smith, HR Director at Eddie Stobart


Company of the Year sponsored by the Forton Group

  • WINNER – Royal Logistic Corps
  • Coca Cola Enterprises
  • Freightex
  • Oliver Sanderson


WIL/CILT course on improving personal effectiveness 22 April 2015

On 22nd April the Chartered Institute of Logistics is teaming up with Women in Logistics to host a joint event on ‘improving personal effectiveness’

Offering delegates the opportunity to develop key skills, learn the latest techniques and get practical tools for improving their ability to work in a team as a leader, the event is accredited and worth 2 hr cpd credits, and there will also be an option of a tour of the automated frozen facility.

It will be an interactive session covering four distinct areas:

What Is Coaching?  What would you get out of coaching?  Why is this different from Mentoring?

facilitated by Simon Taylor

What it means to be a mentor.  What mentees should look for in a mentor.

– facilitated by Emma Green & Socky Angel

Influencing skills.  How to influence in the Board Room, different ways of getting things done.

facilitated by Annette Gann

Discover a clear, evidenced based path to achieving extraordinary leadership, together with five practices that are positively related to the effectiveness of leaders and the level of commitment and engagement of those that follow.

– facilitated by Carolyn Wilson

When: Wednesday 22nd April 2015, 09:30 (for 10:00) – 15:00
Where:  DHL Supply Chain Tesco Frozen, DIRFT East, Daventry, Northants, NN6 7FT

This is a joint event organised by CILT and Women in Logistics.
Book now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or Email: quoting the event code: C0323.

Women in Logistics’ regular feature in SHD

Throughout this year, a variety of specialists from Women in Logistics will be sharing their opinions on topical issues in each issue of Storage, Handling and Distribution (SHD)

In the February isScreenshot 2015-04-06 19.28.21sue, Women in Logistics member Claire Muir of Amethyst Group discussed the lessons learnt from ‘click and collect’ over Christmas.


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Javed Ashraf from Strive Supply Chain Management Recruitment looked at the difference between positive action and positive discrimination in the April issue



We’re looking for a bank of contributors, so if you would like to be considered, please get in touch.


Awards deadline is fast approaching

 Women working within the logistics sector, and the companies that support them, have just 10 days – until April 17th 2015 –  to be considered for one of four national awards..

The Women in Logistics annual awards, now in their fourth year, were created to honour commitment to promoting and supporting females within the logistics industry. Winners will be revealed at a glittering prize-giving ceremony at Hinkley Island Hotel, Leicestershire on 26th June 2015.

Richard Wilding, Professor of Supply Chain Strategy at Cranfield School of Management, will lead the judging of entrants.

The event is run by the 3,500-strong Women in Logistics membership organisation, which was formed in 2008 by Ruth Waring to provide support and champion the cause..

Ruth said: “The annual awards ceremony is the industry’s chance to highlight those who have made a real difference. We are proud to be able to honour both individuals who have worked to make an impact, as well as the company which has shown the most commitment.

“We established Women in Logistics to increase the number of women in the sector, improve life for those women already working in logistics and to address the gender imbalance issue in logistics. Anybody who has worked towards that cause over the last 12 months is invited to put themselves forward – or be nominated by a colleague – for a deserved award.”

Prizes will be presented for the Leader of the Year, sponsored by Kuehne + Nagel, Rising Star of the Year, sponsored by BiS Henderson, and Company of the Year, sponsored by the Forton Group.

There are still opportunities for corporate sponsors to get involved, with the Diversity Champion of the Year category currently seeking a sponsor.

Hurry … last date for nominations is April 17.

Exciting volunteer role available!

We are looking for a dynamic individual who can take our virtual strategy to the next level!

We have undergone a major restructuring in 2014 and have completely redeveloped this website. We are now looking for a creative volunteer to support and develop our virtual output.

The role will involve making sure that the website is up to date and supporting other workstream leads to make the most out of their areas of the site. The volunteer will liaise with all members of the Women in Logistics steering group to coordinate our online output, and will be the first point of contact with the developer for any technical issues.

The individual will also work with the News and Press leads to coordinate and further develop our social media output. He or she will also work with our Events coordinator to develop opportunities for utilising the online platform to reach more of our members.

Experience of WordPress and social media would be an advantage, but not essential as some training can be given. The most important attributes we are looking for are commitment and new ideas!

For more information and to volunteer, please email

2014 WIL SC Sustainability & AGM Event

Here are some of the highlights / details of our very well attended and informative Sustainability conference and AGM.  Check out our Storify of the day.


WiL Speakers info 20 Nov 2014


Women In Logistics – FINAL Nov 2014 version sent

C Weetman Sustainability WiL Nov 2014 v1 for publication



Event Feedback Coments

  •  I enjoyed every single minute of the event
  • Great opportunity for networking
  • Good range of interactive activities
  • Good location for people based in the North
  • Got to meet a great bunch of intelligent, enthusiastic and friendly people – thank you!
  • Great group of like-minded people
  • Thumbs up for breaking the prejudice that logistics is a manly industry!
  • Met my mentee!
  • Suggestion of guest speakers like Hillary De Vey and military women in logistical roles