International Women’s Day: Celebrating women in logistics

2nd March 2017

Great strides have been made towards gender equality, but the shocking fact is that the World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap won’t entirely close until 2186. At Priority Freight, a leading time-critical logistics specialist, we think that’s too long to wait, and are supporting International Women’s Day on March 8th 2017.

Since the early 1900s, International Women’s Day has been a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year, it’s particularly focusing on creating a more inclusive, gender equal working world by encouraging everyone – male or female – to drive change under the banner #BeBoldForChange.

Our HR Manager, Liz Taylor-Cook, says: “In an industry which has been historically heavily male-dominated, we’ve currently got 63 women and 91 men in the company. Compared to the industry average of around 25 percent, the fact that over 40 percent of our workforce is female is an encouraging statistic, and we’re committed to ensuring that everyone, whatever their gender or background, is able to explore opportunities and to succeed at every level of the business.”

At Priority Freight, we’re keen to recruit women into leadership roles, and in fact the first person to enter the company at Team Leader level, instead of working their way up, was Captain Leanne Barry. She joined Priority Freight after a 12-year career in the armed forces, and finds life inside this civilian logistics operation welcoming for high-flying women.

According to Leanne: “Everyone is wonderfully friendly, and I’d recommend Priority Freight to any of my old colleagues. The skills I learned in 12 years in the Royal Logistics Corps are invaluable in a commercial environment where the customer comes first and the pressure to deliver is on.”

The role for the expedited logistics firm may not compare to the dangers of working on the front line but Leanne admits there are times when she still feels the heat. She continues: “Everything is on a time constraint here. As tensions rise, it can remind me of being in the army because it is so fast and furious – dozens of global manufacturers rely on you to deliver with military precision!”

Read more about Leanne’s story »

Priority Freight’s approach to recruiting a diverse, talented workforce doesn’t stop at gender equality; we currently employ seven team members from a military background, and are proud to have received the bronze award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) for our commitment to supporting the employment of ex-defence personnel, who can sometimes find it challenging to find a civilian role that values their experience.

Liz Taylor-Cook added: “An inclusive culture is important for us and our key client partners and is also important from a wider economic perspective. To be a leader in emergency and time-critical logistics we need experts in different types of roles throughout the company. If you don’t encourage female representation in the workplace you’re losing out on a large talent pool with unique attributes and different insights – from entry level to senior management.”

In support of International Women’s Day, Priority Freight has launched a ‘Be bold’ competition – enter today! But most importantly, we’ll be continuing to actively promote the role of women in logistics worldwide.


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