Three Manchester residents announced as finalists in 2024 Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards

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Kathryn O’Brien (Customer Experience & Transformation Director at TransPennine Express), Brittany O’Neill (Customer Experience Manager at Maersk UK Ltd) and Amanda Boland (Chief People Officer at Barnes Logistics) have been announced as finalists in the 2024 Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards.


The finalists for the 2024 everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards have been announced. Now in their 17th year, the awards were launched to shine a spotlight on the varied and increasing avenues of opportunities available in the traditionally male-dominated industry and celebrate the important role that women play within it. Despite industry progress, only 23% of the industry’s 1.5million employees identify as women, more than half of these women are in non-transport roles, and alarmingly 54% of organisations lack formal targets, commitments, or quotas for gender diversity.[1]

Maxine Benson MBE, Co-Founder of everywoman commented:

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2023 everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards

“Studies consistently demonstrate that diverse teams foster greater creativity, problem-solving abilities, employee engagement, and overall profitability within organizations. The economic benefits of equalising the labour force could lead to potential gains of 10% of GDP by 2030.[2] Attracting, retaining, and advancing women has the power to fuel progress, unlock innovation and drive growth, not just for organisations but for the UK economy. Now in our 25th year, everywoman continues to play a significant part in recognising exceptional women whose innovation, skills, resilience, and leadership will inspire future generations of women to fulfil their career ambitions in vibrant and dynamic industries. We thank our sponsors for their continued support and look forward to celebrating these exceptional women.”

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There will be two winners per category (Leader and Above & Beyond) and one recipient of the Tech Innovator, International Inspiration, Industry Champion, Male Agent of Change, Apprentice of the Year, and Sustainability Champion.

Three Manchester Locals Announced as Finalists in 2024 everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards.

Pictured from left to right: Kathryn O’Brien, Brittany O’Neill, and Amanda Boland.

  • Kathryn O’Brien, Customer Experience & Transformation Director at TransPennine Express is a finalist in The Customer/Passenger Award category – sponsored by bp.

Kathryn O’Brien is responsible for providing great customer service every day, whilst driving a programme of continuous improvement, making sure that customer excellence is at the heart of everything we do. Kathryn has made herself an ambassador for every single customer who boards our trains, accepting nothing less than excellence, and she has devoted her career to ensuring that this excellence makes a difference.

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As Customer Experience & Transformation Director, Kathryn is responsible for managing, developing and inspiring TransPennine Express’ (TPE) entire customer experience team. A highly focused, enthusiastic individual with a genuine passion for delivering customer service, stakeholder engagement and operational excellence. Commercially driven with a proven background in delivering step changes in business performance. Kathryn is an experienced people leader of large, unionised organisations and has the ability to set a challenging vision and motivate individuals to achieve the vision.

  • Brittany O’Neill, Customer Experience Manager at Maersk UK Ltd is a finalist in The Supply Chain Award (Leader) category – sponsored by Unipart Rail.

Brittany is an experienced Customer Experience Manager with nine years of dedication to the Maersk Group. With a diverse portfolio of customers across various trades, Brittany has excelled in roles encompassing vessel operations, as well as export/import customer service. Outside of work, she enjoys the serenity of long walks and the thrill of exploring new destinations within the UK.

  • Amanda Boland, Chief People Officer at Barnes Logistics is a finalist in The Supply Chain Award (Above & Beyond) category – sponsored by Unipart Rail.

Amanda Boland holds the position of Chief People Officer at Barnes Logistics. Working strategically as a vital member of the senior leadership team, she leads initiatives related to company culture, leadership, and employee development and well-being. Additionally, Amanda oversees the HR operation and strategy, managing key aspects such as recruitment and retention, training, compliance, performance and reward, employee relations, and employment law.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony and luncheon held on 27th June 2024 at the brand-new location of the Park Plaza London Riverbank. For further information, or to book tickets for this networking event and celebration, visit