Jean McKenzie

“I’m seeing more women consider a career in transport”: M&H Carriers on International Women’s Day

In the past the transport industry has been seen as a male-dominated industry. In some ways, it still is. But at M&H Carriers we are constantly striving to ensure we provide equal opportunities to anyone who would like to pursue a career in the delivery sector.

Our people are at the heart of everything we do, and we are proud of the fact that five out of our nine-strong senior management team are women, providing strong role models for women embarking on their careers in the industry.

On International Women’s Day, we asked Jean McKenzie, general manager for Grampian, to share some of her thoughts on her 40-year career in transport and logistics…

I joined M&H Carriers a year ago, after being in my last role for 11 years, so it has certainly been a challenge. But that’s what I love about this job – every day there’s something different.

Companies I have worked for in the past are very corporate, but M&H Carriers is very family-oriented. We are all a valued part of the team and more than just a number.

When I started my career, women were always overlooked for senior roles. When I was in my early 20s, I was promoted to traffic manager – but that was where the opportunities ended. At that time there was never a female depot manager – despite the fact that I used to train new managers how to do their job.

Now I’m seeing more women considering a career in transport – but there is always room for more! There are lots of women driving bigger vehicles like HGVs, which never happened in the past.

But there are so many opportunities out there – from driving to management, office-based positions to jobs where you can roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty.

There’s been great change in the transport industry throughout my career, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future will bring.