May 15, 2017 | Published by Eddie Stobart

Finalists Announced in the 10th FTA Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards

Today, 33 of the most inspirational role models in the UK’s transport and logistics industry have been announced as finalists in the 2017 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards. Celebrating its 10th anniversary the awards programme was first established to shine a light on women excelling in their careers, creating visible role models to inspire a next generation of much- needed talent to follow in their footsteps. Ten years later, the UK government is still addressing a skills shortage in key areas such as engineering, construction and project management and the rail industry alone will require 55,000 more workers by 2020*. This is only a fraction of the issues FTA, everywoman and the programme’s supporting partners aim to tackle by encouraging and nurturing more female talent.

From programme managers transforming the supply chain at DHL, Asda and Morrisons to women delivering stellar customer experience in the bus, coach and shipping sectors, the women shortlisted are a testament to the breadth of career opportunities in transport and logistics.

In its 10th year, the programme has a new format. The awards will celebrate both successful industry leaders and those individuals at any stage in their career who have gone ‘above and beyond’ for their organisation. In addition, the Industry Champion Award will recognise an individual who is championing the progress of women working in transport and logistics.

The finalists for the 2017 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards are:

The Freight Award – sponsored by Eddie Stobart – Awarded to a woman demonstrating how she is innovating in the sector.

Above and Beyond

Claire Smead, Expediting Lead, Shell Trading & Shipping Company Ltd, from London

Tracy Ward, Contract Manager, PD Ports, from Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Gillian Watson, Customer Relations Manager, Wincanton, from Market Harborough,



Jan Overthrow, Transport Supervisor, CM Downton Ltd, from Gloucester

Amanda Slowley, National Operations Manager, Wincanton Logistics, from Lincolnshire

Jannette Wallace, Runcorn Depot Manager, CM Downton, from Runcorn, Cheshire

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Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman, comments, “In the decade since everywoman created these awards to celebrate women working in transport and logistics, there have been significant changes in the industry landscape, not least in an increased focus from all sectors to attract more talented women to it. These awards continue to play a critical role in demonstrating the breadth and variety of careers transport and logistics has to offer women. This year’s finalists are all great role models and ambassadors for the industry and we wish them all continued success.”

David Wells, Chief Executive of FTA adds, “The logistics industry is one of the UK’s most important, employing more than 2.54 million people across the country and ensuring that all aspects of our economy continue to work as efficiently as possible. FTA is delighted to support the FTA everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards once again, to pay tribute to the incredibly talented women working right across the sector who keep industry moving.

“At such a time of great change and economic uncertainty, we need to inspire young people and showcase aspirational role models – our finalists today certainly fit the bill. The teenagers of today are the transport managers and logistics directors of tomorrow and these awards will help us to raise the profile of our sector throughout the country, as well as rewarding those who have shown exceptional dedication and ability. Many congratulations to them all.”

Alex Laffey, CEO of Eddie Stobart states, “As a leading name in transport and logistics, it is important we support the industry on the strategic issues it faces. It is great that we have seen the number of women in senior roles increase in recent years, it is now important that we promote the sector as a career choice for younger generations and encourage those who are at the start of their careers to continue to make progress. Everywoman is a great platform for this, providing access to role models and personal development.”