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Monday 21 - Friday 25 September 2020 | Online via Zoom


The Women in Logistics Forum are delighted to present to you the Virtual Diversity Roadshow, in partnership with XPO Logistics.


Hillary Clinton once said we needed to “find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities”.  This autumn, the Women in Logistics Conference will be putting her words into practice within our professional community, by embracing a wider breadth of inclusive themes than ever before.


As we are unable to facilitate a face to face event, we have re-imagined the 2020 Conference, as the Virtual Diversity Roadshow; a series of five free, online sessions which will take place every lunchtime, across five days, from Monday 21 September to Friday 25 September.


We have a fantastic line up of expert panellists who will discuss a variety of topics in short, engaging sessions and audience members will be given the opportunity to ask questions and participate in a live discussion.


Please note, our Women in Logistics events are extremely popular and places to each session are limited. Make sure you don’t miss out and secure your place today by using the booking links below.


Check out the 2020 sessions below: 

Monday 21 September (1pm - 2pm) – Diversity in Logistics

What can the logistics sector do to tackle the challenge of diversity and inclusion? Ruth Waring, Compliance Director, Acumen Logistics, and Chair, Women in Logistics, will outline the purpose of Women in Logistics, followed by a panel discussion focusing on how we address the diversity agenda in our profession.

Tuesday 22 September (1pm - 2pm) – Resilience, Networking and Career Success in a Pandemic

Join this session and find out what you could do differently, to crack career success. If networking frightens you at the best of times, has lockdown made things easier or harder for you? Does the 'new normal' make job hunting even more daunting? How has working from home affected your emotional wellbeing, mental health, and professional development? Be resilient, be adaptable and live your best work life!

Wednesday 23 September (1pm - 2pm) – Relationship Building in Logistics

Respect and authenticity are essential to any mutually beneficial business relationship. Trust is also key, particularly in the logistics space where companies rely on 3PLs for mission-critical operations. Learn what some of the world’s biggest brands look for in building effective logistics partnerships.

Thursday 24 September (1pm - 2pm) – Championing Opportunities for People with Disabilities in our Workforce

Employers must make reasonable adjustments to prevent people living with disabilities from being disadvantaged.  It’s the law, but is that the only reason it matters?  Logistics is largely a labour-intensive industry.  Are you missing out on hardworking and dedicated people who could be a vital part of your talent pool?  Get practical advice from the experts on how to put that right.

Friday 25 September (1pm - 2pm) – How to be a Good Ally

"There's no magic wand for correcting diversity and inclusion. Change happens one person at a time, one act at a time, one word at a time" - Melinda Epler, Founder and CEO, Change Catalyst. 

What is allyship? How can you be a good ally? What difference can you make? We can all be an ally. We can all make a difference by taking the time to listen and learn and by being an advocate for underrepresented people. Join us for the final session of the Virtual Diversity Roadshow and make a commitment to be more diverse and inclusive.


Speakers - Monday 21st September

Ann Frye


Director, Ann Frye Ltd

Ann is an international specialist on the mobility needs of disabled and older people.

She works as an expert advisor to Governments and transport providers both internationally and in the UK on mobility options for people with physical, sensory, cognitive, and mental health issues. She is currently working in both the aviation and rail sectors and on access solutions for low income countries.

Ann has worked in this field for over 30 years; until 2006 she headed the Department for Transport’s Mobility & Inclusion Unit where she led research, legislation, and policy to establish rights and develop technical standards for accessibility.


Kevin Richardson FCILT

Chief Executive, CILT(UK)

Kevin joined The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) as Chief Executive in December 2015. An experienced senior logistics executive with over 35 years’ experience in the sector, he has extensive knowledge in operational and project management across Europe. Kevin is based at the Institute’s Corby headquarters.

A lifelong logistician, Kevin moved to CILT from XPO Logistics, formerly Norbert Dentressangle, where he held the role of European Development Director for four years. Prior to that Kevin spent 20 years at TDG Plc progressing from Implementation Director to Strategic Development Director.

Kevin is a long-term member of the Institute and is committed to raising the profile of the logistics and transport industry as well as moving the Institute forward through growth and development
Rob Nolan

Rob Nolan CMILT

Rob finalist for the 2020 CILT diversity champion award, grew up in the very heteronormative Home Counties and never outwardly struggled with his sexual orientation. However, the subliminal homophobic abuse caused by the  use of slurs to negativity describe people and objects resulted in less than healthy patterns of behaviour which manifested in the workplace as a coping mechanism. 

Now, with almost a decade of experience in various supply chain, logistics and transport, Rob is currently in the process of establishing the CILT UK LGBT+ Professional Network to ensure allies and members of the community feel empowered and supported across the industry. 

Ruth Waring

Ruth Waring FCILT

Compliance Director, Acumen Logistics Group 

Compliance Director of Acumen Logistics Group, Ruth Waring FCILT is a recognised industry leader in the areas of logistics compliance, health and safety and operational improvements. Ruth recently served for two years on the Board of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport – representing the interests of women in the sector - and has 31 years’ experience of working in different roles within the transport industry.

Inn 2008 Ruth set up the voluntary organisation Women in Logistics UK. Ruth was recognised for her diversity work when she won “Industry Champion” at the FTA everywoman Transport and Logistics Awards and won “Top Influencer” award as part of the Logistics 100 2018.

Sunnah Habib

Sunnah Habib


Sunnah is a Logistics and Supply chain management graduate and completed a year in industry. Through the NOVUS scheme, Sunnah secured a placement year with Wincanton as a business development analyst and worked on a variety of projects including automation and continuous improvement. Sunnah was inspired to study the progression of Muslim Women in logistics and dedicated her final year dissertation towards this. She will start her career as a graduate transport shift manager with Wincanton and one day aims to work in the field of humanitarian logistics.


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Speakers - Friday 25th September


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