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Meet the judges: Beth-Marie Norbury 

Beth-Marie Norbury, Woman of the Year 2020

Beth-Marie Norbury was named Women in Defence Woman of the Year 2020 and collected the Inspiration Award in the same year. She has worked in Human Resources across a variety of sectors for over 20 years and is a commercially focused, trusted thought partner to Executive Boards and senior leaders.

BM is passionate about increasing the gender balance in the defence sector and leads work package 1 (research and reporting) for the Women in Defence Charter – helping to inspire signatories to identify and set ambitious targets to improve their gender diversity. She has enabled the Charter’s 3 annual reports on female representation in the sector and how charter signatories are delivering against their commitments.

She has worked in defence for 5 years at Babcock International Group as HR Director for Mission Systems and then Group HR Director (Leadership and Culture Change), and focused on driving performance, talent development, employee engagement, and Diversity & Inclusion - enabling 30,000 people globally, to unlock their potential.

BM recently joined BT Group in May 2023 as the Director of HR – Consumer to add to her diverse range of HR experience in consumer goods, technology, manufacturing, and the arts. Prior to this she has worked for global organisations such as Unilever and Dyson, small businesses and in consultancy and held senior leadership roles in HR business partnering, culture change and leadership development, and focused her work on helping organisations to win through their approach to people.

​BM has a BSc degree in Psychology, a personal passion for the arts (she also sings in a band) and is a busy, full time working mum.