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Portsmouth sailor hailed an inspiration after beating cancer and triumphing adversity

Angela Owen, founder of Women in Defence UK and a defence expert at PA, is featured in Portsmouth News, in an article about the first Women in Defence UK Awards ceremony.

The article focuses on Janine Mayoll, who was awarded the Special Award, and explains that she battled with personal tragedy with the loss of both of her parents and husband to clinch her dream job with the Royal Navy.

The article goes on to say that Women in Defence UK aims to promote the value of women across the defence industry, from the military branches and civilian companies. The article reports: “The organisation’s aim is to encourage women to succeed, share their experiences, build networks and encourage talent at all levels to join the defence sector.”

The article explains that Janine was nominated by her colleagues and friends who wanted to pay tribute to her courage. She was presented with the accolade at a ceremony at the Honourable Artillery Company in the London. Janine was among more than 200 nominees from across five categories submitted for the inaugural awards. A total of 15 finalists and their guests were invited to a celebratory dinner, with the Chief of the Defence Staff Sir Stuart Peach, who presented the awards to the winner of each of the five categories as well as the overall Woman of the Year.

Commenting on the initiative and Awards ceremony, Angela says: “It’s really great to see the hard work of this network result in its first recognised awards ceremony. The UK’s defence community is determined to improve its diversity, so identifying and celebrating women’s talent and the value they bring to defence makes a great contribution to achieving that goal.”


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