everywoman celebrates women in Logistics and Transport

This week saw everywoman’s 17th awards for women in Transport and Logistics, celebrating outstanding achievement in the industry.


The logistics and transport sector is traditionally seen as male-dominated, but women are making great strides and yesterday’s everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards in London showed how much they have contributed, despite women still only making up 23% of the industry and over half of employers not formally committing to building the pipeline.

In an inspiring and emotional event, now in its 17th year, women achievers were celebrated for the work they were doing in everything from leadership to innovation and sustainability.

Woman of the Year was Sarah-May Harrison, Operations Supervisor at FedEx Express, who dedicated her award to her dad for helping her to get a job in the sector. She was praised for her outstanding commitment and innovative approach – she set up a dedicated data capture centre which saved the company £1.5m in its first year – and her work to promote British Sign Language across the world. A video of her signing BSL greetings reached 540,000 people globally with a 70%+ engagement rate.

Her award was preceded by a video of last year’s winner Shipra Singh, General Manager for Amazon Transportation Services, who talked about the impact the award had had on her work, including opening the way for the introduction of support for women coming back from career breaks.

Several of the winners were mums. Lyndsay Hogg, Managing Director of Hogg Global Logistics, won the Freight Award (Above and Beyond). She donated 18,000 packets of sanitary products locally and campaigned for them to be provided free, raised over £5K for a cancer patient who was unable to work and sent 10 trucks of humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Hogg launched her family business when she was eight and a half months pregnant. Now a single mum of two boys, she brought her mum with her to the awards and got an emotional response from the room.

Ben Evans, New Business Director from AtikinsRealis, won Male Agent of Change for his work fostering empowering, authentic and inclusive working environments and speaking out a high-profile events. He said thanks to his two daughters for inspiring him every day and to his mum.

Mum of three Sarah Weller, Commercial Director at UK Truck & Plant Group won the Sustainability Champion Award for her work setting industry-leading sustainability efforts. Last year, she led the business through offsetting over 300 tonnes of carbon and recycling over 20,000 litres of used oil, 1,100 batteries and 1,300 tyres, helping it to achieve carbon neutrality.

Other winners were:

  • Ella Harper, Apprentice Toolmaker at Unipart Dorman, who won Apprentice of the Year
  • Hannah Man, Communications Manager at Go-Ahead London, who won the Customer/Passenger Award (Above and Beyond)
  • Zoe Walsh, Sales and Customer Relations Director at GLH, who won the Customer/Passenger Award (Leader), who worked her way up from a call centre agent to a leadership role which involved creating a bespoke NHS booking system that halved booking times
  • Vanessa Young, Director at Ketra Logistics Ltd who won the Freight Award (Leader) for her business acumen, boosting profits by 45% through her customer-centric approach, and her supportive attitude to colleagues
  • Astrid van der Burgt, Head of Road Safety at HOLCIM, who won the Industry Champion Award. She leads HOLCIM’s Women on Wheels programme and has expanded it to 16 countries and more than doubled the company’s female truck drivers.
  • Susan Leadbetter, Principal Consultant at WSP, who won the Infrastructure Award (Above and Beyond), who spearheaded the 2021 launch of TfL’s Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment campaign.
  • Anna Sabatowska, General Manager at Movianto UK Lrd, who won the Infrastructure Award (Leader) for work which includes taking responsibility for the National Vaccination Distribution Centre in April 2022
  • Sue Donaghue, CEO Arabian Cluster at DHL Global Forwarding, who won the International Inspiration Award who has been instrumental in forming and leading DHL’s largest global project in Saudi Arabia, growing it to 175 staff, 40% of whom are female
  • Kristina Slekiene, Manager, Operations at FedEx Express, who won the Supply Chain Award (Above and Beyond) who places a big emphasis on diversity and inclusion in her work
  • Amanda Boland, Chief People Officer at Barnes Logistics, who won the Supply Chain Award (Leader) for her contribution to an inclusive company culture and her work on retaining staff and promoting women
  • Rebecca Hall, Director of HH Driveright Ltd, who won the Tech Innovator Award
  • Beysun Duru, 3PL Regional Manager at Amazon, who won the Warehousing Award (Above and Beyond). Beysun has chaired Amazon’s Women External Fulfilment Affinity Group and is a mentor for women.
  • Sarah Pritchett, General Manager at DSV, who won the Warehousing Award (Leader) and oversees two major logistics centres and is leading the design of a third.

*Look out for profiles of many of the winners in workingmums.co.uk over the next few weeks.

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