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WISTA-UK welcome for new Transport Secretary

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Claire Penny, the UK Shipping Secretary

Claire Penny, the UK Shipping Secretary

LONDON 16 JULY. 14 WISTA-UK today welcomed the announcement of Devizes MP, Claire Perry as the new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport. The organisation which represents women working in the shipping industry recognises the importance of new female members of the Cabinet. 

Maria Dixon, President of WISTA-UK: “We are delighted to see Claire Perry promoted to the Cabinet because it proves once again that women have a serious role to play in the workplace. Over the past 40 years WISTA has promoted the work of women in shipping and we have seen how important women are in any industry. Regardless of politics or gender, anyone with real flair, enthusiasm and desire to do well in any job will make a mark.  We wish Claire Perry well and hope to see her fly the flag for transport in all its forms.”


Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) is an international organisation for women in management positions involved in the maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide. It is a major player in attracting more women to the industry and in supporting women in management positions. With networking, education and mentoring in focus, WISTA seeks to enhance members’ competence and empower career success.

WISTA is growing and currently counts over 1, 600 individual members in 34 National WISTA Associations. WISTA-UK was founded in 1974 and is the oldest of the WISTA National associations.


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