This year’s MAN everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards will be open for entries from 1 December. It will be the third year the awards have been held in association with Skills for Logistics, the Sector Skills Council for the UK's freight logistics industries, and MAN Truck & Bus UK, and were established to recognise women who serve as role models in the industry, demonstrating the wide variety of career opportunities available in the sector.
Awards categories seek to recognise those responsible for managing warehouses, new starters, commercial drivers, directors and women leading successful teams. Categories include Rising Star of the Year, Commercial Driver of the Year, Director of the Year, Warehousing, Industry Trainer of the Year and Team of the Year. The judges will also recognise a Woman of the Year award, “given to one enthusiastic and dedicated woman whose vision, innovative approach and success make her an outstanding role model,” according to the organisers.
The winner of 2009’s Woman of the Year Award went to Elaine Millar, Operations Director, Wincanton Container Logistics, in recognition of her enthusiasm and dedication. Winners and finalists from 2009’s awards included representatives from Fed Ex, Norbert Dentressangle and DHL Supply Chain.
Talking to Automotive Logistics earlier this year about the awards Dorothea Carvalho, Director of Professional Development at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK and one of the competition’s previous judges, stressed the importance of the encouragement the awards gave women involved in transport and logistics as an industry that all too often gives the image of being male dominated (read more here).
Adding to those points, Maxine Benson, Co-founder and Director of everywoman commented: “Despite the progress that has already been made, women are still greatly under-represented in the industry. It is a sector full of fantastic career opportunities which these awards seek to highlight in order to demonstrate to other young females the various different options and roles that women already excel in.”
Benson talks further about the significance of the awards on page 7 of the latest edition of Finished Vehicle Logistics (read more here).
An awards ceremony and lunch will be held at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, on Thursday 13 May 2010.
Nominations will close on 19 February 2010 and entries can be made online from 1 December at