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Winners announced in FTA Everywoman Awards

26 June 2017

Twelve of the most inspirational role models in the UK’s transport and logistics industry have been announced today as winners in the 2017 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards.

The awards programme was first launched to raise awareness of the varied opportunities within transport and logistics, while creating visible role models to inspire and encourage more women to pursue a career in the industry. Judge, Michael Dunn, DHL, VP, Transformation Programs comments “[The Awards] promote the opportunities for talented and successful women in the sector”.

These women have been recognised as the finest in their field, from individuals making significant improvements to road and rail infrastructure to those renovating intricate warehouse logistics in organisations including Sainsbury’s and KPMG. 

To celebrate the programme’s 10th anniversary, the brand-new format celebrated two women per category: one going above and beyond in her role and one making a positive impact as a successful leader. Furthermore, the Industry Champion Award was presented to an individual championing the progress of women working in transport and logistics.  

In addition to category winners, a special Woman of the Year Award was presented to Julie McCaffery, Change Manager (Scotland) at Asda, from Grangemouth Stirlingshire, who was recognised for contributing to the increasing success of the organisation after she led numerous Colleague Engagement and Continuous Improvement projects. These initiatives improved the site’s overall safety, customer service and reduced colleague underperformance costs by 70% over the last 12 months alone. 

However, Julie’s tenacity is not limited to the workplace. Since 2010, she has worked on a part-time basis as an Associate Lecturer at the University of West Scotland, delivering the MSc program to Quality Management, Project Management and Logistics and Distribution students. By sharing her personal and professional experiences, Julie uses this platform to encourage and inspire students, particularly female students, to venture into this industry.  

The category winners 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

Tracy Ward, Contract Manager, PD Ports


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

The Passenger Award - Awarded to a woman demonstrating how she is improving the customer experience. 

Above & Beyond

Victoria Garcia, Accessibility and Communities Officer, Brighton & Hove Buses, from Brighton & Hove 


Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director, Stagecoach East Midlands, from Lincoln

The Infrastructure Award - Awarded to a woman demonstrating how she is improving road or rail infrastructure. 

Above & Beyond

Caroline Milnes, Programme Manager, Tesco, from St Albans


Sue Kershaw, Managing Director, KPMG, from London

The Supply Chain Award – sponsored by DHL – Awarded to a woman demonstrating how she is improving processes within supply chain. 

Above & Beyond

Jeny Hanvey, Customer Service Manager, Kuehne + Nagel Ltd, from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire


Gillian Joyce, Former National Fleet Manager, Post Office Ltd, from Manchester

The Warehousing Award – sponsored by Amazon - Awarded to a woman demonstrating how she is innovating and improving warehouse operations. 

Above & Beyond

Claire Davidson, Senior Project Manager - Logistics Implementation, J Sainsbury’s Plc, from Rugby, Warwickshire


Angela Howard, VP Operations – Retail, DHL Supply Chain, from Rugby, Warwickshire

The Industry Champion Award – sponsored by Asda Logistics Services - Awarded to one individual only, male or female, demonstrating the impact that they have had on attracting and retaining women in the industry. 

Jacqueline O'Donovan, Managing Director, O'Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd, from London

Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman, comments, “The role models celebrated today, from women excelling at the beginning of their career to those well-established in their journey, are a reflection of the many rewarding opportunities within the transport and logistics industry. We are proud to recognise individuals who are transforming the industry through their tenacity, passion for innovation and commitment to mentoring the next generation.”

David Wells, Chief Executive Officer, 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.”