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Meet the judges: Lucy Giles 

Colonel Lucy M Giles CBE BSc MA PGCE Hon LLD

Colonel Lucy Giles was commissioned into the Royal Logistic Corps in 1992 after studying at Exeter University. Postings included Germany and South Africa with deployments to Bosnia, East Timor and Sierra Leone. After gaining her Masters, she was posted to HQ Northern Ireland in 2003.

She commanded 47 Air Despatch Squadron enabling operations in Iraq and Afghanistan before instructing at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in 2011, where she gained her PGCE.

Appointed Commander of New College RMAS in January 2015, she received an entry into Debretts’ People of the Day in 2016. She won the ‘Inspirational’ and ‘Woman of the Year’ awards at the inaugural Women in Defence event in October 2016 and received an honorary doctorate from Exeter University for services to the military in July 2017. Promoted in 2018, she was the 37th President of the Army Officer Selection Board and is currently serving at the Land Command and Staff College in Shrivenham.

Lucy is an ambassador for First Women UK, Girl Guiding and Walking with the Wounded. She is a Freeman of the City of London, a Director for the Foundation for Leadership through Sport, a member of the FA’s Technical Advisory Board and is on the Governing Body for Women in Defence. She was approved by the Sovereign to be the Honorary Colonel of Exeter University Officer Training Corps on 1st August 2021.

Lucy is married to Nick with two teenage children. She enjoys Metallica (evidenced on Desert Island Discs in 2020), loves orienteering and completed the Marathon des Sables in October 2021.