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Meet the judges: Shannon Rogers 

Corporal Shannon Rogers, Junior Non-Commissioned Officer, Army

Corporal Shannon Rogers is an Army Junior Non-Commissioned Officer who began her career at 16, training at the Army Foundation College (Harrogate). She is a qualified armourer with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and currently works as part of the Army’s Diversity and Inclusion Team in Army Headquarters. Here, she routinely provides constructive challenge, guidance, and information to the Army on all matters relating to Diversity & Inclusion. She is also privileged to work with the four Army staff support networks, supporting their members and ensuring that their message is heard at the highest level. She is ardently determined to help make the Army a better place and regularly briefs about her lived experience and crucially what others can learn from it; she is passionate to see Defence evolve its zero tolerance policies.

Shannon recently graduated with a First Class Honours in Psychology through The Open University, a degree that she started whilst on exercise overseas six years ago. She is now studying towards a Masters in Employment Law and Human Resources and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.

In her spare time, Shannon volunteers with The Samaritans Charity, as both a listening volunteer and a trustee. Helping the charities board with financial decisions and supporting Samaritans callers through their most difficult times. She also sits on her daughter’s school governing board as the Parents’ Governor, communicating concerns and feelings expressed by parents to the Academy’s leadership team. Shannon’s proudest achievement is her daughter Miley, who is at the centre of everything she does.