Jennifer Wiles, Regional Director for the North at Living Streets, has been nominated at the 2020 Amazon Everywoman in transport and logistics awards.

The awards recognise the efforts of women within the transport and logistics sector in the UK. Jennifer Wiles is nominated in the ‘Above and Beyond’ category which celebrates women who have truly gone above and beyond to deliver organisational success.

Salford-born Jennifer is now based in Darlington and works across the North to encourage and enable people to choose healthier and cleaner forms of transport.

Jennifer was chief walking adviser to Olympic champion Chris Boardman MBE, Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Greater Manchester. She worked closely with him to develop the ‘Made to Move’ report; played a lead role in setting up the Walking and Cycling Alliance in Greater Manchester; and was a founding member of the Greater Manchester Delivery Board, set up to administer the Mayor’s £160m Challenge Fund.

Jennifer manages many successful partnerships and projects in the North of England, including Living Streets’ Walk to School programme which achieves an average 23 per cent increase in children walking to school and a 30 per cent cut in car journeys to the school gate.

Jennifer Wiles

Jennifer values opportunities to work with inspirational women at Living Streets, in Greater Manchester and beyond. She challenges the under-representation of women in leadership at conferences and discussions.

In 2019, Jennifer was awarded a MSc. Future Cities with distinction from Northumbria University and continues to work with the university to pursue academic publications and develop a research partnership.

Having recently celebrated my tenth anniversary at Living Streets, I am incredibly proud to work for an organisation that is full of fantastic women and has been so supportive of me as I have gained expertise and experience. This has given me the confidence to speak out for fair representation for walking – and for women! – in the active travel and transport sector.

Jenny Wiles

Jennifer Wiles continues: 

"A huge thank you to my colleagues and peers who are on this journey with me. We still have a way to go but it’s a joy to be surrounded by such positivity and commitment to equality on our streets."

Jenni Wiggle, Interim Chief Executive, Living Streets said:

“Jennifer is an excellent candidate for this award. She is recognised as an authority on creating a positive walking experience for all, evidenced through the regular invitations she receives as a conference speaker and panel discussion member.

“As a colleague and team leader Jennifer is highly respected and develops positive working relationships with everyone. In particular, she has provided effective leadership to the women in her team, with several receiving promotions under her lead.”

The 2020 Amazon Everywoman in Transport and Logistic Awards are due to take place on 6 October in London.

Jenny and Chris Boardman