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Women in Logistics award winners announced

Women in Logistics award winners announced

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  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."

The winners of the 2013 Women in Logistics UK awards were revealed on Friday 20th September at a glittering charity ball in the West Midlands.

"As well as celebrating women's achievements, we had a fantastic night of networking, dancing and fun," said Women in Logistics founder, Ruth Waring FCILT.

"We saw the number of entries to this year's awards increase threefold, and there were almost 6,000 votes cast to decide the winners, which clearly shows real interest in this sector.

"The winning companies and individuals showed real thought leadership on gender equality, and had a clear vision for the future."

The winners, selected by public vote, are as follows:

The Company of the Year award 2013 (sponsored by The Forton Group), went to Royal Mail, with an impressive 85% of the vote
SME of the Year Award 2013 (sponsored by Pepsico) was BiS Henderson.

In the individual categories, which were shortlisted by Professor Richard Wilding of Cranfield University, the winners are:

Danielle Kozlowska from Tesco is this year's Woman of the Year (sponsored by Search Consultancy)

Rebecca Smith from Norbert Dentressangle was awarded Young Woman of the Year (sponsored by Manpower)

"These are ambitious and high-performing women who have made remarkable contributions to our industry, and it's wonderful to be able to publicly acknowledge their talents," continued Ruth.

As well as celebrating women in logistics, the event raised over £6,000 for Transaid, a charity Women in Logistics UK has supported right from the early days.

Transaid is an international development organisation, and works to reduce poverty and to ensure transport is operated and managed as efficiently and safely as possible in Africa and developing countries. One of Transaid's most successful projects to date has been its professional driver training project in Africa, where road crashes are the third-biggest killer after HIV and malaria.

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