The UK’s brightest female talent within road transport have been whittled down to a select few ahead of next month’s fifth MAN Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards.

“Yet again, we are bowled over by the quality of our finalists and hope they show others what fantastic opportunities there are for women looking for a varied and challenging career,” says Maxine Benson, co-founder of Everywoman.

Taking place at The Savoy Hotel in London on 17 May, the awards aim to highlight the diverse career opportunities available in our industry and raise awareness of the number of talented females excelling in what has long been perceived a male-dominated sector.

Des Evans, chief executive of MAN Truck and Bus UK, adds: “Once again it’s a great pleasure for MAN to be sponsoring the Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards. 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. Good luck to all this years entrants in their chosen category.”

This year’s finalists, selected by a panel of judges from across the industry, are:

Director of the Year Award

Sponsored by Asda Stores

  • Jane Weaver, MD, ays couriers
  • Ailsa Webb, divisional director Express UK, TNT UK
  • Carole Woodhead, CEO, Hermes Parcelnet

Commercial Driver of the Year Award

Sponsored by TNT

  • Rosemary Barnes, network & distribution driver, Royal Mail
  • Laurie Bartram, HGV Class 1 driver, QV Foods
  • Jenny Tipping, agency HGV driver, Royal Mail through Manpower Logistics

Warehousing Award

Sponsored by DHL Supply Chain

  • Vicky Brockley, general manager, Asda Stores
  • Sandra Easton, national distribution centre head of production & planning, Royal Mail Adele
  • Marie Waite, general manager healthcare UK, DHL Supply Chain

Industry Trainer of the Year Award

Sponsored by National Skills Academy Logistics

  • Elaine Bolger, operations training - team leader, TNT Express UK
  • Joanne Griffiths, senior general manager, training and quality, Ceva Logistics
  • Wendy Priestley, co-owner, Priestley LGV
  • Melanie Richmond, resourcing, training & development manager, Asda Stores

Green Champion Award

Sponsored by DHL Supply Chain

  • Teresa Dew, network solutions manager, Yodel
  • Rachael Dillon, climate change policy manager, FTA
  • Stephanie Unitt, environmental advisor, Ceva Logistics

Team Leader of the Year Award

Sponsored by Ceva Logistics

  • Samantha Deane, general manager, TNT UK
  • Tina Granter, regional customer service manager, DHL Supply Chain – Consumer
  • Sue Higson, unit manager, Royal Mail
  • Lynne Watson, general manager, Wincanton

Rising Star of the Year Award

Sponsored by Royal Mail

  • Jurgita Andrijauskaite, e-sourcing manager, global procurement, Ceva Logistics
  • Anisa Missaghi, global communications manger, Ceva Logistics
  • Izabela Trojanowska, director, Radius Logistics UK
  • Tamar Weavers, senior sales manager - home and leisure seasonal, Wm Morrison Supermarkets

Motor Transport is supporting the awards for the fifth year as media partner and will be announcing the winners live on www.motortransport.co.uk on the afternoon of the awards.