Our group of interested and enthusiastic logistics professionals from different sectors of the profession, gathered on 8th March to visit BMW Group’s industry-leading parts logistics operations at Great Bear’s Pineham site, where they pick, pack and arrange despatch of parts to all BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad retailers throughout the UK and Ireland and globally for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
The distribution centre, has seen steady growth since it opened for business in 2011, is also home to BMW Group’s growing e-commerce parts and accessory business, also on site is an interesting Hotel for Tyres!
Great Bear, now forming an integral part of the Culina Group, are the UK’s leading independent 3rd party logistics operator, providing nationwide dedicated and shared user warehousing and distribution solutions for many International FMCG clients. Their significant scale includes over 7 million sq ft of warehousing throughout the UK, and a large modern commercial vehicle fleet. They have built a reputation within the industry as a flexible and innovative partner.
The session included an overview of Great Bear in general and the site tour. It was followed by a networking lunch.
Many thanks to our hosts Great Bear for an informative and productive day.
BREXIT – Having our Cake and eating it! Global logistics opportunities just waiting to be found.
The talk incorporated the latest news on changes to the Union Customs Code (the current customs law), progress on changes to the law once we are out of the EU and the logistics opportunities available globally including avoiding tariff barriers. Also included will be the new focus on professional careers in customs compliance.
Link to presentation: WiL BREXIT presentation
Speaker: Susan Morley MBA, DMS, FCILT, FIFP(grad), LGSM. Director, Morley Consulting Training Limited
Many thanks to our sponsors Plexus Law
Held in Solihull in conjunction with the 2016 Awards Evening and Ball, the theme was Competency and Talent development. A fabulous line-up of speakers and some excellent audience participation.
Here is how the day looked from the Twitter point of view: WiLconference16 Storify
Here is some of the feedback:
Links to presentations:
Hosted by Mondelez International the @WomenInLogistic networking event in Bourneville received some great feedback.
“It was great to be able to meet and network with other likeminded people within our industry. I found the presentation from Sue Hope really informative and provided great insight into trends within the industry. The speed networking session facilitated by Ruth Waring was really useful and helped me feel more confident about the next time I attend a networking event.”
Thanks to Sue Hope of SmartCube, Robert Walters and Mondelez
The North Western branch of Women in Logistics UK held an event focussed on “Empowering Women in the Workplace“. It was generously hosted by Robert Walters in their well-situated offices on the 9th Floor of Hardman Street, overlooking Manchester city centre. Robert Walters plc is a world-leading specialist professional recruitment consultancy, clients range from the largest corporates world-wide through to SMEs and start-ups. They recruit people for permanent, contract and interim roles across the world.
Jointly hosting were Amanda Jackson (WIL – Head of PR) & Rob Garner CMILT (Senior Consultant – Logistics @ Robert Walters & the CILT Cheshire Group Chairman).
Opening the event was Chris Poole (Managing Director UK Regions at Robert Walters), followed by our guest speakers:
Sam Deane discussed her career in the logistics industry. Sam is a Regional Operations Manager for TNT, she oversees seven sites, a team of 1500 staff and a cost budget of £43m. In recognition of leading a team to excel in a way that contributes greatly to the company’s success, Sam won Team Leader of the Year in 2012 at the coveted Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards.
Marj Boyer gave a talk on how “Being imperfect can be good for your career”. Marj is an international growth and transformation specialist, her experiences covering many areas of the economy. She has built a reputation for ‘growing’ companies and the people within them. She is the former Chief Executive Officer of One Central Park Ltd in the North West of the UK and is the founder of Individual Partnerships, a company which has worked with businesses around Britain and overseas, driving and supporting them as they change and grow
Hilary Centeleghe covered “Support for Businesses and the Female Entrepreneur”. Hilary started her career in manufacturing and IT sectors, working in various roles within IT, and sales and marketing. After completing a business degree she focused her attention on business support and has worked as a Business Advisor for over 20 years in sectors including manufacturing, finance and professional, biomed and service. She’s worked with SMEs and Start-Ups and has a particular specialism in marketing. She has also been involved in many business support projects including innovation/product design, equestrianism, world class manufacturing and design/marketing. She now manages the Growth Team at the Business Growth Hub.
Plus, the event invited 2 pupils from Salford City College following a successful Think Logistics/Careers Ready Workshop the week previous (in association with Brighthouse)
It was a well-attended event and the feedback has been excellent. Robert Walters will be assisting with further Women in Logistics events in 2016, so we are all looking forward to more events in the NorthWest later in the year.
Thanks to everyone that came along to the Women in Logistics AGM 2015.
Quote of the day: “It’s the friendliest networking event I have attended and I will encourage more people to come.”
Read the write up that appeared in the SHD Logistics magazine December 2015 SHD Logistics December 2015
Here are some links to presentations from the day and also a link to the website where copies of the C4S eWorkbook can be found:
Here are some of the presentations from the day:
And some notes from two of our SIX fantastic workshops:
Thanks to everyone that came along and made it such an enjoyable day!
Attendees, drawn from membership of Women in Logistics UK and CILT UK, gathered for a series of workshops designed to enhance their personal and professional skills. Throughout the day attention was drawn to communication methods, formal and informal.
The joint event started with the objective to keep it simple. There was to be a relaxed informal but informative atmosphere, where interaction and networking was the order of the day. There were no formal presentations and the smaller workshop-style arrangement meant that all delegates participated and were able to get answers to the questions most relevant to themselves.
Our Workshops were led by thought-provoking facilitators. Carolyn Wilson from Tinderbox introduced us to different styles of leadership and encouraged us to think about good leadership practice and how we could fit these styles into our professional and personal lives; she even sent us away with homework exercises. Simon Taylor and Emma Green helped us to understand the differences between mentoring and coaching and why we might consider either; both Women and Logistics and CILT run popular mentoring groups and Simon has successfully coached leaders from a variety of backgrounds. Annette Gann from Camden 360 Communications considered the impact of communication styles on employee engagement and how we can incorporate those principles into our professional interactions.
We were also privileged to be given tours of the Tesco Frozen DC, managed by DHL in Daventry, the largest automated frozen site in Europe. This proved to be a popular attraction but did not manage to cool the warm atmosphere.
Our thanks to DHL for hosting the venue and to all the facilitators and organisers. Feedback has been very positive and we hope to run similar events in the future, if you have any suggestions for themes or topics or would like to offer assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to everyone who came along to our networking event at Berry Bros & Rudd in Basingstoke. Although we are all aware of Berry’s existence, it was very enlightening to get behind the scenes and see the facilities. Most of us have never seen so much wine in one place before.
Also thanks indeed to our hosts who took time to explain what goes on and some of the unique aspects of the service that Berry’s provide.
We were all particularly impressed with our host’s generosity and hospitality. The wine tasting gave us all great ideas for treats ahead, as well as plans to return to sample further delights at the warehouse shop.
For full details and documents of our Sustainability/AGM event in November, please see the News blog.
Logistics industry crowns top female and female-friendly business
Women in Logistics has unveiled its first two annual award winners at a glittering ceremony which also raised £8,000 for charity Transaid.
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, scooped the award for outstanding individual achievement.
The corporate title went to 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.
It was a night of celebration orchestrated by Women in Logistics, a not-for-profit networking and support group which aims to aid and assist the careers of women in the sector..
Established in 2008, the group already has more than 2,800 male and female members supporting the cause – which created a sizeable task when whittling down to a final shortlist.
Ruth Waring FCILT, founder of the organisation said: “We were bowled over by both the volume and calibre of entries for our first awards. It’s a shame that each category can only have one winner but Adele and Premier Farnell can be very proud of their awards, knowing that they were hotly contested and well-deserved.”
Judging duties were undertaken by Dr Richard Wilding, Professor of Supply Chain Strategy at Cranfield School of Management. The eventual winners of the individual award, sponsored by The Forton Group (www.thefortongroup.com), and the corporate award. sponsored by Hays Logistics (www.hays.co.uk/logistics), were chosen by public vote through the Women in Logistics website in advance of the ceremony. David Haslam presented the Woman of the Year award in memory of his mother, Jean Haslam . Jean Haslam 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.
Those gathered on the night also enjoyed a raffle with 17 prizes and donated more than £8,000 to Transaid (www.transaid.org), the chosen charity of Women in Logistics which tackles poverty and disadvantage by building transport skills and knowledge to the developing world.
Founder Ruth Waring added: “It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening which has done a lot to raise the profile of females in the logistics industry as well as raise a huge sum for charity. I have never seen a dancefloor fill up so quickly.
It is the first awards ceremony we have organised and the feedback has been fantastic. We are looking forward to being able to honour women in the industry for many years to come – but for now we are celebrating the achievements of our two winners and the incredible work they are doing in this sector.”
Women in Logistics meeting is biggest to far. The Women in Logistics “Transport and Freight” event in January 2012, hosted by Backhouse Jones in Clitheroe, broke a new record for the LinkedIn network group. More than 12 speakers shared best practise and top tips in an action packed day attended by around 50 logistics professionals from all over the UK
Speakers included Lesley O´Brien, MD of Freightlink Europe who passionately explained how she creates an ethos of demanding the best from her drivers, staff subcontractors and suppliers; James Backhouse who delved into the many areas which need checking in order to stay on the right side of the law; and Marie Boyer, MD of Franceline, who discussed the pros and cons of different forms of transport, and shared some of her challenges managing a transport company.
Ian McKay from ´Hows my driving´ kept the audience on their toes with details of occupational road risk, and that theme continued with talks on behavioural aspects of LGV driver safety and the importance of sitting correctly.
Ruth Waring, chairman and founder of Women in Logistics said “This event was fully booked within days of being announced, which demonstrates the demand for networking of this kind. Feedback from the delegates shows that more than 90% said they were happy or very happy with the event.”
Women in Logistics are meeting at Foodex, CV Show, Multimodal and Total Supply Chain Summit, and tickets are available for the WIL UK Summer Ball in aid of Transaid on 6th July. For more information look up on our event page.
Following one of the most inspirational networking events at Champney Springs in Ashby–de–la–Zouch the Women in Logistics UK meeting at CEVA was equally inspiring – although not quite so raucous.
Our hosts, CEVA, shared engaging and frank insights into what CEVA are doing to encourage more women in their organisation.
This was followed a review of 2011 by Women in Logistics founder and Chair, Ruth Waring. As she says, food and seems to be a theme, but also networking; learning and laughter.
The highlights of the year include:
So all in all, Women in Logistics is now a serious force for good in the logistics industry. Our guest speaker was Kerrianne Cartmer-Edwards, who talked about the importance of setting ambitious goals; and how being surrounded by positive people makes such a difference. This certainly had considerable resonance with the audience. The afternoon was spend democratically deciding what events should be run next year – more details to follow.
Marie Boyer, our steering committee member from Women in Logistics UK, was the winner of the Woman in Transportation category at the Network of Aspiring Women Awards 2011 which took place last Friday 30 September 2011 in Birmingham.
Our Stiletto Golf day has become a regular fixture in the Women in Logistics calendar. Despite very few members being experienced golfers, we found once again that the lessons were a great icebreaker to get everyone relaxed and chatting. As usual, the lunch was delicious and there was plenty of time for networking with new friends and longstanding acquaintances from across the sector.
The afternoon began with a presentation entitled ´Managing Your Career´ from Matt Friedland & Jane Burkitt of Pepsico. Matt summed this up by explaining the “PIE” concept which is used effectively at several big companies: your propensity to progress is defined by a combination of your ´Performance´, ´Image´ and ´Exposure´. We stopped for birthday cake, celebrating 3 years since Women in Logistics was founded by Ruth Waring. And finally, Helen Caton-Hughes gave an interactive seminar about mentoring and Ruth ran a raucous speed-networking session in a fun format which provided good food for thought. Overall, this event was very well-received and it can be summed up in the feedback from one of our attendees: “A very good fun networking event, with a nice cross section of people from different parts of the logistics world.”
Our party was a lavish social event held to celebrate Women in Logistics reaching over 2,000 members in just 3 years. We hosted three tables of ecstatic women (and one man) at the Village Hotel´s “Decades Explosion” party. Unfortunately, we missed out on the quiz prize (regrettably unable to remember the title of that B*witched classic ´C´est La Vie´) but the champagne just kept flowing (courtesy of our generous sponsor, Cargowise) and fuelled Ruth´s astonishing dancefloor stamina. All in all, a good time was had by all.
A few members met up for supper with Nola Bransgrove, Chair of Women in Supply Chain Australia, whilst she was on holiday in the UK. It was interesting to compare notes on cargo, road safety and regulation and hear Nola’s observations about how the vast expanses in Australia contrast with the hive of activity she saw at Dover, UK. We also introduced her to the excellent work of our chosen charity Transaid. You can read Nola’s blog
24 North members enjoyed a networking and training evening at sponsors´ND Sheffield. The members networked over a great buffet before host Jill Cooper delivered an engaging and thought-provoking session on mentoring.
It was the 1st event for many attendees, everyone was asking at the end of the evening “when and where shall we do this again?” as the event was a success.
40 Women in Logistics members enjoyed a lively presentation on the importance of powerful presenting and creating personal impact, and tips on how to do so, by Jo Cameron, the former Apprentice candidate now running the High Performance Academy and the Networking of Aspiring Women. Members then attended one of 2 interactive workshops: “coaching, what it is and what the benefits are” by Danielle Butler- Miles from Unipart, or “how to live a happier and more balanced life” by Julie Hurst from the Work Life Balance Centre.
After a fabulous networking lunch and a talk from the Working Families Charity on achieving a successful work-life balance, the group split again in 2 rooms. Half the attendees were empowered by Lynn Bromley from 1st Impressions to be confident about their body and to dress according to their body shape to get a professional image, whilst the other half received some tips and advice on how to become a Non-Executive Director from Chris Spencer-Phillips at First Flight Placements.
A big thank you to all our speakers and to Unipart for hosting this fantastic day.
Over 40 men and women attended this event to listen to presentations about different areas in the Logistics IT world including WMS, TMS, CRM, e-tendering, RFID, Cloud Computing, SaaS and more.
Thanks to our attendees who sent us terminology upfront to explain on the day we were able to help demystify IT jargon. We heard practical tips for a successful Logistics IT implementation and had live demonstrations of software and hardware to round up a really informative and lively event.
Thanks also to Howard Tenens, who provided excellent facilities and a delicious buffet lunch!
We have been asked to publish the presentations of the day. Please click on the links below to download the presentations in pdf format.
CRM in Logistics — Ann Murray, IBM Global Business Services
Inventory Planning & Forecasting — Cathy Humphreys, Inform
Supply chain connectivity: interfacing & EDI — Jo Godsmark, Labyrinth Logistics Consulting
Unbuzz the Cloud and SaaS — Kathrin Riemer, Logtech Consult
WMS — another TLA for you? Linda Rodman, Proteus Software
Overview of Howard Tenens — Eilis Cope, host
RFID — Hype or Reality? Mark Gillot, GS1
TMS and vehicle tracking — Nicola Van den Bremer-Hornsby, Waterstons
Freight and Tender management — Scott Stevenson, TICONTRACT
5 tips for a successful Logistics IT Implementation — Lynn Parnell, Logistics Partners
Ideas for today and tomorrow — Simon Clark, CargoWise
Demystifying Logistics IT Jargon and Terminology
Nine WIL UK members met up with Peta Irving from Women in Supply Chain Australia at ASK Leamington Spa on Tuesday 3rd May 2011.
Fifteen Women in Logistics UK members met for free coffee, cupcakes and networking at the CV Show. Thanks to the RHA for sponsoring this event.
Thirty Women in Logistics UK members met for free coffee, croissants and networking at Multimodal at the NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday 6th April
Using Twitter and LinkedIn to go ahead
The Social Media event in Stoke kindly hosted by Wincanton and sponsored by Screwfix was a sellout and well attended. The 37 members were given a crash course and introduction to social media. The day was wrapped up by an informative tour of Screwfix´s automated DC operated by Wincanton.
WIL UK members enjoyed free coffee and cake at the Food & Drink Logistics Show networking meet—up. Members old and new mingled together on the fabulous WIL stand.
40 members were inspired and motivated by Kirsten Tisdale, Socky Angel, Ruth Waring, Lynn Parnell and Jane Burkitt, who shared how they have benefitted from being part of the group and some success stories, as well as their top tips on how to get more out of the network both for personal and professional development.
Clare Bottle, the current chair, gave an interesting and positive overview of 2010 and we took stock of what the group has achieved to date and the breadth of topics covered over the year.
Following a very good networking lunch, Sioban Wall facilitated an open and interactive discussion and vote on the themes for events 2011 registered in advance by members. The steering group is already hard at work preparing an upcoming event around the preferred theme of social media – tools and techniques, which will include a workshop on how to use and make the most of Linkedin. Watch out for more details on the events page of the website.
Happy 2nd Birthday Women in Logistics UK! Local events in Manchester & Coventry to celebrate.
Members of Women in Logistics Midlands group meeting at Gefco Coventry on 16th September 2010 for speed networking, coffee and cake to celebrate WIL UK´s second birthday
July 2010 Stiletto Golf and Professional Development Day in Coventry
Our professional development event took place early in July 2010 and once again we were blessed with beautiful weather.
After lunch we experimented with a new type of speed-mentoring in small groups, which seemed to work well, with delegates offering support and advice to one another. During the afternoon Sarah Osborn, Sue Wotruba & Emma Green led our workshops on Linkedin, Succession Planning and CV Writing.
There really was something for everyone! The day ended with the announcement that our raffle had raised £100 for Transaid!
May 2010, Diversity and Inclusion Event @ PepsiCo in Reading
A fantastic and informative day about Diversity and Inclusion held by PepsiCo. We had a great line up of speakers and some stimulating debates and discussions. With interactive sessions we have shared our insights and opinions.
Have a look at our photos and see how much fun we had with this event.
April during the Multimodal exhibition at Birmingham
An informal networking meeting was held on Wednesday 28th April during the Multimodal exhibition in Birmingham. Twenty six members got together for a coffee, cakes and interesting conversation! Thanks to Sue Graves for organising the complimentary refreshments for us. We plan to arrange a similar event at next year’s Multimodal, at 11 on the Wednesday – so if you are planning to go for one day remember to book that one!
January 2010, Annual General Meeting, Michael Page International London
Thank you for attending, and participating in, this year’s AGM. I hope you enjoyed it. It has certainly given the steering group lots to work on.
December 2009, Inspiring Confidence, Royal Mail’s Innovation Centre in Rugby
InDecember 2009 over 80 Women in Logistics members met for a day of Inspiration and Development. Hosted by Royal Mail at their training centre in Rugby, the day commenced with Karen Powell’s insightful presentation on work life balance, followed by Vikki Hawes talking about the challenges faced in getting to the top in logistics. After a fabulous networking lunch and tour round the i-lab, we split into breakout groups. The final session of the day was an inspiring presentation by our keynote speaker, Alison Finch of SelfEsteem4 Women. A big thank you to all our speakers and of course to Royal Mail for hosting this fantastic day
December 2009, Village Hotel, Coventry, WIL 2009 Christmas Party
On the evening of 3rd December we enjoyed a fabulous evening at the Village Hotel, Coventry. Twenty-two WIL members enjoyed a lovely 3 course meal before dancing the night away. Don’t blame it on the sunshine, don’t blame it on the moonlight, don’t blame it on the good times – blame it on the boogie!
October 2009, Sustainable Logistics, Sainsbury’s Distribution Centre, Pineham, Northampton
We enjoyed a fantastic event with a ‘green’ theme – a tour of Sainsbury’s flagship green distribution centre and recycling plant in Northampton, some excellent presentions, an informative debate and the launch of the new WIL mentoring scheme.
September 2009, Three WIL UK first birthday bashes!
Three celebrations around the country marked the occasion of Women in Logistics UK’s first birthday. Members met in Leamington Spa, Warrington and London for drinks and a meal, enjoying the opportunity to socialise as well as network.
July 2009, Stiletto Golf / Professional Development, Stonebridge Golf Club
After a morning of golf tuition or playing in a ‘scramble’, we had a delicious lunch whilst networking followed by an afternoon learning about mentoring, recruitment and leadership styles. Click here for the review of the day and some pictures.
May 2009, ‘Inspiring Women’, Pearson Shared Services
We had a fantastic day at Pearson Shared Services with the theme ‘Inspiring Women’. The agenda included a site tour of their distribution centre for Penguin Books, a session on Top Networking Tips and two inspiring talks. Many thanks to Pearsons for providing such brilliant facilities and refreshments.
15th January 2009, Inaugural Meeting, Jigsaw Solutions
On 15th January 2009, Women in Logistics UK held its first face-to-face meeting with 19 attendees, setting out the objectives of the group and organising its structure. We’re thrilled at how quickly the membership has grown since then.