Winners announced in the 2012 MAN everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards

These awards – supported by industry leaders including MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd, the Freight Transport Association, the Road Haulage Association and Media Partner Motor Transport – are now in their fifth year and have successfully helped to raise the profile of the women who are excelling in this non-traditional sector.

The winners demonstrate that the industry offers a wealth of opportunities for ambitious and committed women who are looking for a challenging and rewarding career.

Currently around 24per cent of the 1.55 million people working in transport and logistics in the UK are women, and the MAN everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards aim to increase this figure by unearthing role models to whom future generations can aspire.

The winners in the 2012 MAN everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards are:

Woman of the Year Award – Sponsored by MAN Truck & Bus Ltd
Lynne Watson, General Manager, Wincanton

Rising Star of the Year Award – Sponsored by Royal Mail
Tamar Weavers, Senior Sales Manager – Home and Leisure Seasonal, Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC

Commercial Driver of the Year Award – Sponsored by TNT
Laurie Bartram, HGV Class 1 Driver, QV Foods

Director of the Year Award – Sponsored by ASDA Stores Ltd
Jane Weaver, Managing Director, ays couriers ltd

The Warehousing Award – Sponsored by DHL Supply Chain
Vicky Brockley, General Manager, Asda Stores Ltd

Industry Trainer of the Year Award – Sponsored by National Skills Academy Logistics
Joanne Griffiths, Senior General Manager, Training and Quality, CEVA Logistics

Green Champion Award – Sponsored by DHL Supply Chain
Stephanie Unitt, Environmental Advisor, CEVA Logistics Limited

Team Leader of the Year Award – Sponsored by CEVA Logistics
Samantha Deane, General Manager, TNT UK Ltd

Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman, comments, “It is widely acknowledged that a more diverse workforce is beneficial for the UK economy, whatever the sector. By raising awareness of the achievements of these women who are leading the way, we hope to show others what varied opportunities there are in transport and logistics, and encourage the industry to nurture its female talent.”

Des Evans, Chief Executive of MAN Truck & Bus UK added, “Once again it’s a great pleasure for MAN Truck & Bus UK to be sponsoring the everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards. Our association with these awards dates back to 2008 and we are delighted and proud to be asked to be part of their success in 2012. In our 20th year in the UK, MAN has a long established reputation of encouraging women to enter and excel in what by many is seen as a traditionally male dominated industry.

However this perception is continuing to diminish fast as growing numbers of energetic, career minded women choose to make a new start in the transport and logistics sector. If the high standard of the previous years’ nominees and winners are anything to go by these awards are proof to all the women working within this sector of what can be achieved.”