Local women in line for transport honours

Three Birmingham woman are in the running for prestigious transport awards.

Katie McGrath, Engineering Development Manager with National Express UK Bus has been announced as a finalist at the 2020 Amazon everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards. Katie is one of the finalists for The Customer/Passenger Award – Above & Beyond, awarded to two women excelling in their role for customers/passengers in transport, logistics and freight.

Meanwhile, Olivia Thomas, an Apprentice Engineer with Stantec in the city has been announced as a finalist for Apprentice of the Year Award awarded to any male or female apprentice excelling in transport and logistics.

In addition, Laura Shoaf, Managing Director at Transport for West Midlands has been announced as one of the finalists for The Infrastructure Award – Leader, awarded to two women who are innovating or excelling in their role within transportation and infrastructure.

Now in their thirteenth year, the awards are increasingly seen as a platform for success in an ever-expanding market.

Maxine Benson MBE, Co-Founder of everywoman, comments, “With the Coronavirus outbreak shining a spotlight on how crucial our transport and logistics sector is, celebrating role models and creating a strong pipeline of female talent is more important now than ever before. At an uncertain time, it is clear that long-term risk management and innovation in problem-solving will be vital to ensure the future of the industry and these are skills that show marked improvement within companies where women fill leadership roles.”