A town businesswoman is celebrating after being named a rising star in the logistics industry at a national awards ceremony.
Lutterworth woman Anna Kozlowska, who is the managing director of Myway Enterprises in town, was named the Rising Star of the Year at the The Freight Transport Association (FTA) Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards.
Leading figures from business gathered in London to celebrate the successful women working in the UK transport and logistics industry at the ceremony.
Selected by a panel of expert industry judges, these women were singled out from a shortlist as being the best in their field – whether a leader in a global organisation, a driver out on the road or a young, ambitious woman destined for the top.
Anna emigrated from her native Poland to move to the UK where she completed a degree in business at the University of Northampton.
A managing director at just 26-years-old, she has had a successful start to her career to date.
The judges applauded how she has progressed from the shop floor to the boardroom and “hasn’t forgotten her roots”.
Starting her transport and logistics career at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Anna made a huge impact, increasing their membership by 800 per cent in just one year.
As a result, Anna was promoted to defence logistics officer at the institute.
She joined Geodis as its UK marketing manager in 2010 before then founding Myway Enterprises in 2012 and has since been working on a consultancy assignment for the Road Haulage Association.
Theo de Pencier, chief executive of the FTA, said it was delighted that their awards encouraged diversity in the industry.
He added: “The FTA is proud to be the title partner of the awards which showcase how women can make a career in transport a successful and fulfilling one.
“FTA is pleased to encourage forward-thinking companies that are committed to introducing diversity to the freight industry, and working further with Everywoman offers opportunities to expand that work.
“The key for our industry is to be able to access a wider talent pool and be able to meet its need for good-quality staff in whichever role it needs to fill.”
The seventh annual awards was held at the Savoy Hotel in London, on May 13.
Everywoman co-founder Maxine Benson said: “As the transport and logistics industry seeks to employ half a million more people, it has never been more urgent to ensure the sector attracts more talented women.
“Inspirational female role models enjoying rewarding careers and achieving success will do that.
“That’s why the winners are so vitally important to the industry.
“We congratulate them all.”