Transport ministers call on logistics industry to become leaders in gender equality

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Tracey Worth chairs STAT focus group on diversity and inclusion in transport and logistics. Tracey Worth chairs STAT focus group on diversity and inclusion in transport and logistics.

Minister Jesse Norman asks IOC to drive positive change for women in the express courier sector.

Ministers across the Department for Transport have written to IOC industry leaders calling on them to take action to increase the availability of opportunities across the sector to women.

This action is the culmination of weeks of activity in which ministers across the Department for Transport have reached out to raise the issue of getting more women into the transport sector.

Drawing this together, the DfT announced that it will shortly be holding a major round-table to look into the barriers preventing women from joining the sector. It will seek to drive positive change similar to that seen within DfT over the last couple of years.

DfT Minister, Jesse Norman has reached out to the entire logistics sector. Writing to the Institute of Couriers,

The creation of a group to focus on diversity and inclusion in transport and logistics chaired by Tracey Worth can build positive progress. I welcome the enthusiasm of the IOC and their members for this initiative. The department is also working with a representative group from across the logistics industry to develop a year of events and guidance to help the sector improve its gender diversity.


Institute of Couriers CEO, Tracey Worth is chairing the DfT STAT diversity group.

While we see heavy vehicle particularly under-represented by female drivers, Express is far richer in diversity; the diversity in Express ranges from front line delivery, where flexibility is strong, to the board-room.


Tracey Worth spoke passionately about diversity at the recent IOC 2019 fellows gowning in support of STAT chairman Mike Brown's words on equality for the express sector.

Currently, just 6% of pilots and 7% of train drivers are female, and women account for just 18% of the transport sector workforce overall. At the DfT, 2 of the 5 current ministers are women, as is the Permanent Secretary.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling,

There are some good initiatives across all transport sectors but it is clear that much more needs to be done by the industry to provide opportunities for women, as we work with them to better understand the reasons behind poor female representation across the transport workforce. The round-table I am announcing today (Women’s Day March 3rd) will help industry develop plans to bring more women into the sector and help ensure the widest possible talent from across the whole of society is engaged and able to access the great careers the transport sector offers.

Last modified on Sunday, 10 March 2019 12:56