Transport consultant Ruth Waring, founder of Women in Logistics, has scooped the 'Industry champion of the year' award at the FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics.
The awards ceremony in London was attended by leading figures from the logistics sector along with representatives from the media, business and government, including a keynote address by Stephen Hammond MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport.
Ruth, managing director of Labyrinth Logistics Consulting Ltd, founded Women in Logistics UK in 2008. It is a non profit group, run by volunteers, made up of over 3200 women and men from the logistics sector, with the aim of improving things for women working in the sector through mentoring, networking and awareness. Ruth is also works full-time as a successful logistics consultant and sits on the Board of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK).
She says "I am delighted to have won this award. It is a great way to celebrate the success of Women in Logistics UK and reward all the hard work which goes on behind the scenes. The award helps us to significantly improve awareness of Women in Logistics across the whole transport and logistics spectrum and I hope we will see an increase in numbers and involvement. For me personally it is a huge boost to my profile and I am genuinely thrilled to be recognised in this way."
The logistics sector employs 1.45 million people, which makes up around 5% of total employment in the UK, yet only less than a quarter of these are female*, with significantly fewer in management positions.
Now in its sixth year the FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards programme raises the profile of women in the transport and logistics sector.
Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman, comments, "Diversity is high on the agenda in the transport and logistics sector and the finalists announced today demonstrate that change is happening in terms of the gender balance. They are proof that there are no barriers to success in the industry if you are committed and have the drive to succeed. These trailblazers are evidence of the opportunities the industry offers women at all stages of their career. Whether it is through leadership roles, managing a warehouse, as a driver or just at the start of their career, these women exhibit the skills that position them ahead of their peers."
* Skills for Logistics 2010