The 2015 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards winners have been revealed in a ceremony in London.
The Woman of the Year award was presented to Fiona Kerr, aged 37, who is managing director of First Glasgow. Fiona was recognised for being the first female managing director of any of First Group’s UK local bus businesses, and for championing women in the company, having proactively achieved a 50/50 gender split among her executive director team. While Michèle Dix, managing director, Crossrail 2, was presented with the Spirit of everywoman award for being a pioneer in the transport and logistics industry.
The category winners of the 2015 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics are:
Rising Star of the Year Award – sponsored by Wincanton:
• Zoë Dobell (27), project engineer, London Underground, from London
Driver of the Year Award – sponsored by Motor Transport:
• Kerryn Hedley (31), bus driver, Reading Buses, from Reading
The Warehousing Award – sponsored by DHL:
• Joanne Harrison (38), Days warehouse shift manager, ASDA, from Hartlepool
Innovation & Sustainability Award:
• Zoe Powers (35), sales and customer relations director, GLH, from London
Team Leader of the Year Award – sponsored by High Speed 1 (HS1):
• Lt Cdr Elaine Boyd RN (34), logistics officer, Royal Navy, from London
Leader of the Year Award – sponsored by Asda Logistics Services:
• Jenny Hooper (45), managing director, Independent Freight, from Nuneaton
Industry Champion Award – sponsored by TNT UK:
• Nicola Hosty (41), head of HR support services, Northern Rail, from Leeds.
FTA chief David Wells used the everywoman awards to highlight the gender gap in the logistics sector, with less than 25 per cent of the 2.2 million-strong UK logistics workforce female.
He said: “A staggering 2.2 million people work in transport and logistics in the UK, but less than a quarter of these employees are female. The current driver shortage crisis illustrates the need for our industry to access a wider talent pool in order to meet its need for good quality staff. Working with everywoman helps FTA highlight the importance of the freight and logistics sector, and encourages others to join what is an essential industry to the UK economy.”