Val wins Everywoman award

The UK’s leaders in transport and logistics come together to recognise and celebrate the industries most inspirational women


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Valerie Morris-Cook, General Manager, Wincanton, from London, has been named the winner of The Warehousing Award, sponsored by DHL Supply Chain


Throughout her career Val has been involved in a wide variety of sectors including retail, IT, the motor industry as well as running her own cleaning business. In 2007, she joined Wincanton, initially as a Customer Services Manager at the Thurrock Procter & Gamble site before moving up to General Manager, overseeing a team of 400.

Key successes include savings of £250,000 through innovative loss analysis and a reduction in defect scores by nearly 50%. Our judges were quick to notice Val’s inspirational leadership skills, bringing innovation to improve this huge operation whilst simultaneously motivating a team of 400. Cited by her company as naturally fearless, Val’s impact has been felt across all areas of the business, from saving over £250,000 through innovative loss analysis to achieving a joint benchmark score of 10 in the leadership category in the annual Proctor & Gamble quality audit – Val is a real dynamo.

Maxine Benson MBE, Co-founder and Director of everywoman, comments “The number and calibre of nominations this year was exceptionally high, so congratulations to all of our Award winners. Every year, these Awards show that the transport and logistics sector offers a range of exciting, fulfilling and rewarding career opportunities for women. Our winners are all phenomenal role models whose success we applaud and whose passion, commitment and drive we celebrate – they are a huge inspiration for other women wanting to move into the industry.”


Des Evans, Chief Executive of MAN Truck and Bus UK adds, “Once again it’s a great pleasure for MAN Truck & Bus UK to be sponsoring the everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards for the fourth consecutive year. Our association with these awards dates back to 2008 and we are delighted and proud to be asked to be part of their success in 2011. MAN has a long established reputation of encouraging women to enter and excel in what by many is seen as a traditionally male dominated industry. However this perception is continuing to diminish fast as growing numbers of energetic, career minded women choose to make a new start in the transport and logistics sector. If the high standard of the previous year’s 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. Congratulations to all this years winners.”

Sue Cowley, VP Talent and Diversity EME stated, “DHL is fully committed to providing equal opportunities in its business and is delighted once again to be sponsoring the MAN Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards. It’s important to celebrate the huge contribution that women make to a successful business and to have the right support structure in place to encourage development.We place high importance on fostering talent across the business and offer a wide range of further education and development courses to ensure that all our employees make the most of their opportunities within the group. In these challenging times, investing in our people has become more important than ever, not only to ensure that we’re fit for the future but that we continue to support our employees in achieving their career goals – only by harnessing the skills of all our employees will we remain the first choice for our customers and employees around the globe”

Dr Mick Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Skills for Logistics comments, “Skills for Logistics is proud to support the MAN everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards. Workforce diversity is a key factor in ensuring that the sector moves forward. There are not enough women represented in logistics, so it is exciting to see so many women that are contributing to the future of such a vital sector to the UK and indeed the global economy. The women that have won these awards have demonstrated a wide range of skills that are helping to ensure the ongoing success of our industry. By celebrating these achievements and encouraging the recognition of women working in logistics these awards help to raise its profile and demonstrate the opportunities and the wide-ranging roles that are available within it.”

The Awards ceremony and luncheon were held at The Savoy Hotel in London on 4 May 2011, where politicians, media, captains of industry, companies who recognise the value of a diverse workplace and the industry’s most successful women gathered to honour outstanding female success. Supported by FTA and trade associations and industry bodies across the sector, the MAN everywoman Transport & Logistics Awards are uncovering the industry’s most talented employees.

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