CILT - Women In Logistics

Welcome to Women in Logistics 

A message from the CILT Women in Logistics (WiL) Chair: Ruth Waring FCILT 

The Women in Logistics (WiL) vision is to:

“Improve the lives of women in logistics in the UK and address gender imbalance, enabling the logistics industry to benefit from female talent.”

The WiL mission is to:

Attract, retain and support women working in logistics and promote the broader diversity agenda
Provide opportunities for the logistics industry, and other key stakeholders, to support women working in the sector and identify and address the challenges to recruitment and retention

The objectives of the forum are to:

  • Connect – Provide networking and professional development events
  • Engage – To provide a voice for women working in logistics and to address, from a female perspective, key challenges the profession faces
  • Inspire – Provide an inclusive and encouraging environment to nurture female talent within the sector

From humble beginnings in 2008, Women in Logistics has grown to a membership of nearly 4,000. In 2014, the organisation started a process of restructuring in order to cope with the size and to enable us to continue to grow and serve our members. In 2018, Women in Logistics became incorporated into the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK), creating a wider platform to extend our reach and continue to engage, connect and inspire the profession.

Amanda Jackson
Clare Bottle
Emma Burbage
Gemma Stoner
Jade Large
Jane Green
Kirsten Tisdale
Marie Hamblin
Melanie Longman
Michelle Scott
Rebecca Hicks
Ruth Waring

Reports and Presentations

  • Inside Women in Logistics - May Focus Article View here
  • Clare Bottle Interview - December Focus Magazine View here
  • Women in Logistics Conference 2022 - November 2022 - View here
  • Leading through disruption - Focus November 2021 - View here
  • Diversity & Inclusion - An opportunity to change the face of our profession - Focus 2020 - View here
  • The Gender Pay Gap - Inspiring Change - June 2019 - View here
  • Michelle Scott Focus Article - March 2019 - View here
  • Our Mentoring Relationships - February 2019 - View here
  • 'Equality, diversity and inclusion will help to fill the skills shortage’ Focus Article - December 2018 - View here
  • Satalia Presentations - November 2018 - View here
  • Clare Bottle Focus Article - October 2018 - View here
  • The Future of AI in Business - Daniel Hulme - October 2018 - View here
  • The Gender pay gap - Inspiring change - September 2018 - View here
  • WiL Forum Focus Article - September 2018 - View here
  • The Gender pay gap - Kirsten Tisdale - June 2018 - View here

Past Events

Women in Logistics Conference 2022

The Women in Logistics Forum were delighted to announce this year’s Women in Logistics Conference was in the presence of CILT royal patron, HRH The Princess Royal. The conference took place on Thursday 13 October at Volvo Trucks in Warwick. There were an outstanding line-up of speakers including;

  • Jane Woods, Gender Equality Specialist, Changing People
  • Michelle Warner, Operations Support Manager (Transport), Yusen Logistics
  • Rachel Farina, Head of Learning and Development, The Logistics Partnership
  • Kirsten Tisdale, Director, Aricia Limited
  • Sam Ortyl, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Sam Ortyl Coaching
  • Emma Green, People Operations Consultant, Talent Management Consulting
  • Karen Bailey, Head of Competence Development, Volvo Trucks

WIL conference

To read the focus magazine article click here.

Boohoo site visit

Members of Women in Logistics UK were honoured to have been invited behind the scenes on an unprecedented logistics visit to the Boohoo fulfilment and returns centre at Burnley on 07 April 2022 with speaker Amy McNamara, Head of Operations and David James, Supply Chain Director both of Boohoo.

Innovation = Progress: Wincanton’s Innovation Centre

To celebrate during the week of International Women’s Day, Women in Logistics and Wincanton offered a tour of the Wincanton Innovation Centre and the WEB eFulfilment facility, with thanks to Claire Charlton Head of W2 and the team at the WEB on 10 March 2022 including speakers; 

  • Andy DeVere, Gender Sponsor, Wincanton
  • Lisa Phillips, Founder, Amazing Coaching

CILT(UK) Fellows' Lunch 2021

Members of the Women in Logistics Forum attended the CILT(UK) Fellows' Lunch event on 10th December 2021. 


Zero Discrimination Day, 2021

To celebrate and draw attention to ‘Zero Discrimination Day’ The CILT(UK) PRIDE, Accessibility and Inclusion and Women in Logistics Forums joined together to discuss what the day meant to them. To watch the video click here.


The Women in Logistics virtual Diversity Roadshow, 2020 

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The Women in Logistics Virtual Diversity Roadshow was a huge success. The reimagined Conference was delivered in five, live, bite-sized sessions across a week-long period and attracted almost 600 participants. The Roadshow was packed with personal, powerful presentations from the 24 featured panellists, who tackled important topics including diversity in logistics, resilience, relationship building, inclusion and allyship. 

The Women in Logistics Virtual Diversity Roadshow was streamed live and featured closed captioning, a CILT(UK) first, to ensure the event was accessible to all. 

Monday – Diversity in Logistics
Watch the recording by clicking here.

Speakers – 

  • Kevin Richardson, Chief Executive, CILT(UK)
  • Ann Frye, Chair, CILT(UK) Accessibility and Inclusion Forum
  • Sunnah Habib, Development Analyst, Wincanton
  • Rob Nolan, Chair, CILT(UK) PRIDE Professional Network Forum
  • Ruth Waring, Chair, (CILT(UK) Women in Logistics Forum

Tuesday – Resilience, Networking and Career Success in a Pandemic
Watch the recording by clicking here.

Speakers – 

  • Emma Osborn, Category Management Director, Network Rail
  • Marisa Baker, Senior Key Account Manager, Quest Employment
  • Sharon Blyfield, Business Partner People and Culture, CCEP
  • Chris Dolby, Learning and Development Manager, XPO Logistics


Wednesday – Relationship Building in Logistics
Watch the recording by clicking here.

Speakers – 

  • Sarah Booth, Account Director, XPO Logistics
  • Jo Godsmark, COO, Big Change
  • Gonta Kashio, UK COO and EMEA Project Management Officer, Shiseido
  • Kevin Richardson, Chief Executive, CILT(UK)
  • Matt Shepherd, Head of Global Shipping and Logistics, Ted Baker
  • Alice Spink, Contract Manage, Nestle

Thursday – Championing Opportunities for Those with Disabilities in our Workforce
Watch the recording by clicking here.

Speakers – 

  • Ann Frye, Chair, CILT(UK) Accessibility and Inclusion Forum
  • Neil Blackledge, Site Manager, XPO Logistics
  • Fran Concannon, Specialist HR, XPO Logistics
  • Caroline Eglinton, Access and Inclusion Manager, Network Rail
  • Jane Hatton, Director, Evenbreak

Friday – How to be a Good Ally
Watch the recording by clicking here.

Speakers – 

  • Lesley O’Brien, Partner, Freight Train and Freightlink Europe
  • Alero Abbey, Area Manager, Transport for London 
  • Neil Micklethwaite, Business Development Director, Stagecoach Group
  • Jenny Naylor, C1 Defence Logistics People Team, MOD

Women in Logistics Annual Conference – 25 September 2019

Download the 2019 Focus features - View here

Big Logistics and Transport Diversity Challenge – 26 June 2019

As part of #TeamNOVUS, Michelle Scott, Head of Local Events, and Bethany Fovargue, Head of Internal Communications, for Women in Logistics, took part in the inaugural Big Logistics and Transport Diversity Challenge at the Newark Showground in June 2019. The event was dedicated to promoting and improving equality, diversity and inclusion across the logistics and transport sectors and supported the CILT Aspire charity. A cross between “It’s a Knockout” and “Krypton Factor”, the event consisted of a series of fun team challenges, such as archery, Walk the Plank, Hungry Hippos and many more. Teams needed to work together to prove that diversity really is better for business; NOVUS was delighted to secure “Most Diverse Team”!

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Visit to Gefco – 23 May 2019

Women in Logistics enjoyed a visit to Gefco to hear about the state of the art facility in Halewood. Topics covered included Virtual Reality Technology, GEFCO's Innovation Lab, Tracking on motorbikes from the 2Wheels Control Tower Manager, Innovation in Project Management and Freight Forwarding innovation. Thanks to Michelle Scott and Gefco for organising and hosting.



Women in Logistics Annual Conference – 1 November 2018

You can download the 2018 speaker presentations from the links below:

  • Inclusive and Resilient Leadership by Fiona Triller - View here
  • Living diversity at work – how to engage in constructive dialogue in your workplace by Dr Naomi Irvine - View here 


We are Women in Logistics 9 March 2018