This week marked the launch of a brand new group for the road transport industry called She’s RHA, which aims to address the acute shortage of women in road transport.
According to the RHA, there are just 44,000 women in the workforce of a total of 2.2 million working in the industry. The association says that the resulting imbalance causes the sector to miss out on a wealth of diverse talent and the performance benefits that women can provide.
The initiator of the group is Freightlink Europe Partner and RHA board member, Lesley O’Brien, who commented: “She’s RHA will encourage, support, mentor and empower women of all ages, skill sets and experience. We need to inspire women to choose a career in transport. I am delighted that the RHA recognises the contribution that women can make and has taken the initiative to work with its members to facilitate a dynamic support network through She’s RHA.”
We are pleased that Lesley O’Brien will be appearing as a speaker at the upcoming Microlise Transport Conference, which is set to take place on 18 May in Coventry at The Ricoh Arena.
O’Brien will address delegates about the formation of She’s RHA and the needs for such as group, outlining the benefits of attracting more women into the industry and what action must be taken to facilitate this.
The Microlise Transport Conference, which is now the largest of its kind in Europe, includes a full day’s programme supported by focused workshops and an industry exhibition area. Once again it will be chaired by Quentin Willson, one of Britain’s best-known motoring authorities and feature speakers from across the industry, including transport operators, industry bodies and other key stakeholders.