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Women in Defence UK Awards 2018

First held in 2016, the Women in Defence UK Awards celebrates inspirational work and promotes the value of women in the sector. Since its launch, over 600 nominations have been made – that’s more than 300 stand-out women and men a year. And this year’s awards are set to be the biggest yet. We’re proud to be founding sponsors and look forward to your support this year and in future.

Nominations for the Women in Defence UK Awards 2018 are now closed. Thank you to everyone that nominated an inspirational person and/or team!

The categories this year are:

  • Inspirational Award, sponsored by Thales (women only)
  • Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by BAE Systems (women only)
  • Most Collaborative Award, sponsored by Aspire Defence (women only)
  • Special Award, sponsored by DXC Technology (women only)
  • Emerging Talent Award (women only)
  • Innovation, sponsored by QinetiQ (women only)
  • Unsung Heroines, sponsored by Dell (women only)
  • Promotion of Gender Balance, sponsored by Atos (women and men)
  • Inclusive Teamwork Award, sponsored by the Royal Air Force (team only)
  • STEM in Defence Award, sponsored by Northrop Grumman (open to teams and individuals)
  • Woman of the Year 2018, sponsored by PA Consulting Group (women only)
Women in Defence UK 2018
Women in Defence UK 2018

Women in Defence UK Awards 2017

Many congratulations to our winners of the Women in Defence UK Awards 2017!

Award Winner

Inspirational Award – sponsored by Thales

  • Squadron Leader Alison McLean, Royal Air Force

Outstanding Contribution Award – sponsored by BAE Systems

  • Rachel Fricker, MOD Civil Service, Navy Command

Most Collaborative Award – sponsored by Aspire Defence

  • Lance Corporal Sheona Macmillan, Army
  • Flight Lieutenant Shona Blainey, Royal Air Force

Special Award – sponsored by DXC Technology

  • Doctor Sam Healy, QinetiQ

Promotion of Gender Balance Award – sponsored by ATOS

  • Jenni Henderson, Dstl

Inclusive Teamwork Award – sponsored by the Royal Air Force

  • 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC, Army

STEM in Defence Award – sponsored by Northrop Grumman

  • Wing Commander Glynis Dean, Royal Air Force

Emerging Talent Award – sponsored by the Army

  • Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Philippa Bennett, Royal Navy

Woman of the Year 2017 – sponsored by PA Consulting Group

  • Squadron Leader Alison McLean, Royal Air Force

Women in Defence UK Awards 2016

On Thursday 13th October 2016, on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, Chief of Defence People, presented the inaugural Women in Defence Awards at the Honourable Artillery Company's Headquarters. There were more than 200 nominations for five award categories and following an extensive judging process, three finalists per category attended the award ceremony. Many congratulations to the winners:

  • Inspirational Award - Lieutenant Colonel Lucy Giles
  • Outstanding Contribution Award - Lieutenant Colonel Emma Hutley
  • Most Collaborative Award - Flight Lieutenant Harriet Tadikonda
  • Special Award - Joint Winners - Heledd Kendrick and Steward Janine Mayoll
  • Promotion of Gender Diversity - Amelia Gould

The overall Women in Defence Award 2016 was presented to Lieutenant Colonel Lucy Giles.

Women in Defence UK Vision

Women in Defence UK exists for a community of people who wish to promote the value of women in defence. We aim to encourage women to succeed authentically, share experience, build networks and encourage talent at all levels to join the defence sector.

To keep up to date with Women in Defence UK, you can find us on Twitter (@womenindefence), LinkedIn (Women in Defence UK) and Women in Defence UK's website.

'PA Consulting Group has been proud to sponsor Women in Defence UK since its birth in 2011. Women are clearly under-represented across Defence. Whilst we can't turn back the clock to fix the causes, all of us can ensure that we're doing everything we can to promote diversity and inclusion within our workplaces, and champion the development of our colleagues who make such as exceptional contribution to the safety and security of the UK.'

Nick Newman, Defence & Security expert, PA Consulting

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