2018 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics finalists announced

2018 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics finalists announced
2018 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics finalists announced

36 finalists have been announced in the 2018 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards. Now in its eleventh year, the awards programme celebrates the achievements of phenomenal women reshaping the UK’s transport and logistics industry, while showcasing the range of exciting career opportunities it has to offer. This year, the programme is revealing even more role models whose achievements will inspire and attract the next generation of female talent to follow in their footsteps. A brand-new category – The Male Agent of Change Award – also launched this year, celebrating the men championing the progress of women in transport and logistics.

Consisting of over 2.4 million workers, the transport and logistics industry is one of the UK’s most valuable employers*. However, the latest findings from the Office of National Statistics show that men currently make up over 80% of the workforce** and the sector recently reported a 5.72% gender pay gap. *** With research proving that companies with a more gender-diverse workforce outperform those without****, it remains imperative to continue addressing gender parity. Together, the FTA and everywoman are continuing to drive this agenda.

Each award category honours an exceptional “Leader” who is driving change, and an individual at any stage of their career who is going “Above & Beyond” for their organisation. An overall “Industry Champion of the Year Award” will also be presented to a man or woman making an impact on attracting and retaining women in transport and logistics. This year’s finalists, from companies including Royal Mail, TfL and Asda, highlight the variety of fulfilling career opportunities available to those from all walks of life.

Winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on Thursday 14 June 2018 at Marriott Grosvenor Square, in London. For further information, please visit www.everywoman.com/tlawards

The 2018 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics finalists are:

The Freight Award – Entrants for this award demonstrated how they are innovating and excelling their role in the Freight sector.

Above & Beyond

  • Irene Arnold, Operations Manager, DHL Global Forwarding, from London
  • Lesley O’Brien, Partner, Freightlink Europe Freight Train, from Bradford
  • Kate Turner, Head of Planning, DB Cargo UK, from Goole


  • Sue Buchanan, Director of Network Services, Pall-Ex, from Birmingham
  • Geraldine McEwan, General Manager, Whistl, from Belfast
  • Keely Priestman, Managing Director, Diamond Distribution Ltd, from London

The Passenger Award – Entrants for this demonstrated how they are improving the customer experience.

Above & Beyond

  • Nicola Baillie, Safety and Environment Business Partner, West Midlands Trains, from Birmingham
  • Amanda Cullum, Planner and Administrator, Network Rail, from Scunthorpe
  • Nikki Sohal, Heathrow Express Control Room Competence Manager, Heathrow Express, from London


  • Siwan Hayward, Head of Transport Policing and Community Safety, Transport for London, from London
  • Gaynor Marshall, Communications Director, Lothian, from Edinburgh
  • Liz Chandler, Director of Corporate Development, Merseytravel, from Liverpool City Region

The Infrastructure Award – Entrants for this Award demonstrated how they are improving road or rail infrastructure.

Above & Beyond

Helen Burke, Contract Manager, XPO Logistics, from Runcorn

Louise Gold, Head of Behaviour Change, Sustrans, from London

Deborah Pye, Director Strategic Innovation, Walmart, from Leeds


  • Anna Delvecchio, Commercial Account Director, Amey, from London
  • Maria Machancoses, Director, Midlands Connect, from Birmingham
  • Kayleigh Wilson, Transition Manager, DHL Supply Chain, from London

The Supply Chain Award – Entrants for this Award demonstrated how they are improving processes within supply chain.

Above & Beyond

  • Jayne Bellamy, Contract Distribution Manager, Wincanton Logistics, from Kettering
  • Natasha Culshaw, Change Manager, Asda, from Leeds
  • June Jones, Senior Manager Operating Model, Asda, from Leeds


  • Faye Calland, National Same Day Manager - Storage, Fashion & Solutions, TNT, from Coventry
  • Rachael Huntley, Regional General Manager, XPO Logistics, from Crick
  • Lorna McAtear, Head of Supply and Internal Accounts, Royal Mail, from Kidderminster

The Warehousing Award - Entrants for this Award demonstrated how they are innovating and improving warehouse operations.

Above & Beyond

  • Sue Griffiths, Operations Manager, TNT UK, from London
  • Clare Maclauchlan, National Development Manager, Co-op, from Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Sally Worringham, Network Data & Service Quality Manager UK, TNT, from Coventry


  • Sharon Hammond, Senior Director - Food North ALS, Asda, from Leeds
  • Karen Hopkinson, Operations Manager, Co-op, from Chesterfield
  • Janet John, Operations Manager, Co-op, from Llanelli

Industry Champion Award – Entrants for this Award demonstrated the impact that they have had on attracting and retaining women in the industry. Awarded to one individual only, male or female.

  • Bethany Fovargue, Operations Manager, NOVUS, from Corby
  • Harriet Glen, Principal Transport Planner, Transport for London, from London
  • Debbie Rivers, Regional Maintenance Manager, Royal Mail Fleet, from Oxford

Male Agent of Change Award (new for 2018) – Awarded to a man for his active commitment to advancing the progress of women working in Transport and Logistics

  • Vernon Barchou, Vice President, Human Resources, DHL Supply Chain, from London
  • Wayne Jay, National Distribution Director, Royal Mail, from Kidderminster
  • Jon Stockton, Vice President – Ground Operations UK and Storage Fashion & Solutions, FedEx Express UK, from Atherstone

Maxine Benson, Co-Founder of everywoman comments: “This year’s judging panel has selected an exceptionally impressive cohort of role models working in transport and logistics – all making valuable contributions through their innovation, mentorship and leadership. They are shifting perceptions of the opportunities this industry offers and will inspire the next generation of talent who may have never considered a career in the sector, to view it as an exciting option. We look forward to congratulating all the winners and watching their career journeys evolve as they go on to become everywoman ambassadors.”

David Wells, Chief Executive of FTA adds, “The logistics industry is key to the success of UK PLC, employing more than 2.54 million people and ensuring our country is able to trade successfully both domestically and internationally. As the only membership organisation representing the entire logistics sector, FTA is delighted to support the FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards once again, to pay tribute to the incredibly talented women working right across the sector.

In such economically challenging times, it is vital that the sector continues to attract the very best talent, by celebrating successful individuals of all ages and showcasing aspirational role models. Our finalists today certainly fit the bill. Undoubtedly, the workforce of tomorrow will be inspired by today’s winners, and FTA is delighted to celebrate their achievements, and reward those who have shown such exceptional dedication and ability. Many congratulations to you all.”



FTA Logistics Report 2017*

Office for National Statistics**

Logistics Manager***

Why diversity matters (McKinsey & Co)****