Women in Defence UK

Awards 2020

We are proud to announce the shortlisted nominees for the Women in Defence UK Awards 2020.
A enormous thank you to all those who took the time to nominate, and huge congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted.

Shortlisted Nominees

Awards Timeline

Inspirational Award

Partner - Lockheed Martin

Beth-Marie Norbury, Babcock Defence Systems Technology

Bombardier Emma Owen, Army

Commander Maryla Ingham, Royal Navy

Private Denice Webb, Army

Chief Petty Officer Joanne Barlow, Royal Navy

Pippa Hannaby, Barclays Bank

Squadron Leader Nikki Cooper, Royal Air Force

Outstanding Contribution Award

Partner - BAE Systems

Kathryn Wearmouth, MOD Civil Service

Captain Emma Holt, Army

Dorothy Holford, QinetiQ

Flight Lieutenant Jade Brock, RAF Air Cadets

Sergeant Jennifer McDowell, Royal Air Force

Michele Roux, BAE Systems Surface Ships

Group Captain Sonia Phythian, Royal Air Force

Victoria Truesdale, Babcock International Group, Energy and Marine

Shelley Davies, Army Reserve/MOD Civil Service

Most Collaborative Award

Partner - KBR 

Jennifer, MI5

Paula Rosen, Atomic Weapons Establishment

Dr Kate Gill, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Kirsten Blackwall, MOD Civil Service

Sarah Strangleman, MOD Civil Service

Gemma Smith, MOD Civil Service

Special Award

Partner - Royal Navy

Sally Orange, Army Cadet Force

Leading Writer Bethany Barnes, Royal Navy

Sergeant Claudine Martin, Army

Rifleman Rebecca Connolly, Army

Katy Cannadine, Recruit for Spouses

Amy Ennion, BAE Systems

Lena Curtis, Amey

Equality of Opportunity Award

Partner - ATOS

The Army Parents' Network, Army

Captain Faye Gibson, Army

Cheryl Ellis, Babcock International

Lieutenant Commander Nicholas Stone, Royal Navy

Cathy Ingram, BMT

Emerging Talent Award

Partner - Army

Alanna Downing, Atomic Weapons Establishment

Lieutenant Beatrice Grace Ormerod, Army

Sub Lieutenant Rebecca David, Royal Navy

Lance Bombardier Hollie Charlton, Army

Poonam Gehlot, Cavendish Nuclear

Lieutenant Nicki Whitehead, Royal Navy

Corporal Josephine Crossman, Army

Unsung Heroines Award

Partner - DELL Technologies

Eluned Lewis, MOD Civil Service

Captain Rebecca Smith, Army

Warrant Officer Class 2 Jody Mardling, Army

Clare Thomas, Veterans UK

Gail Moore, MOD Civil Service

Amanda, MI5

Squadron Leader Natalie Feeney, Royal Air Force

Louise Trainis, MBDA UK Ltd

Innovation Award

Partner - QinetiQ

Major Georgina Blenkinsop, Army

Senior Aircraftman Emily Brooks, Royal Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Emma Hutley, Army

Sarah Stone, Military Co-working Network

Major Angela Laycock, Army

STEM in Defence Award

Partner - 

Northrop Grumman

Rebecca Fitch, Optima Systems Consultancy

G-Eng, BAE Systems

Dylan Hanson, QinetiQ

Babcock STEM Co-ordination Team (Devonport), Babcock

Becky Simms, MBDA UK Ltd

Inclusive Teamwork Award

Partner -  Royal Air Force

HMS Sultan Medical Centre, Royal Navy

MOD Improving Gender Balance Working Group

The Unacceptable Behaviours Group, Army

The Intelligence Corps Engagement Team, Army

The Female Through-life Rehabilitation and Re-conditioning Project, MOD

Award Categories

Inspirational Award

Partner - Lockheed Martin

This award is to recognise where an individual has demonstrated having inspired or positively influenced the choices of other colleagues. 

This category is open to individual women only. 

Outstanding Contribution Award

Partner - BAE Systems

This award is to recognise an outstanding contribution to their organisation where the nominee has exceeded expectations.

This category is open to individual women only. 

Most Collaborative Award

Partner - KBR 

This award is to recognise where an individual has demonstrated that creating a collaborative working arrangement within their organisation or with another organisation has created a positive impact.

This category is open to individual women only. 

Special Award

Partner - The Royal Navy

This award is to recognise achievements that do not fit directly under one of the other categories and includes a key element of overcoming adversity.

This category is open to individual women only. 

Equality of Opportunity Award

Partner - Atos

This award is to recognise where an individual, team or organisation has worked to create an environment where there is equality of opportunity for any gender.  

This category is open to individuals of any gender, teams and organisations. 

Emerging Talent Award

Partner - The Army

This award is to recognise early career professionals (including apprentices and graduates) demonstrating high performance, who are within their first five years of work following the end of formal training or schemes.

This category is open to individual women who are within their first 5 years of work. 

Unsung Heroines Award

Partner - Dell Technologies

This award is to celebrate those women who, on an enduring basis, have improved the ‘lot' of people in defence, essential to an organisation's output but never seeking recognition for what they do.

This category is open to individual women only. 

Innovation Award

Partner - QinetiQ

This award is to celebrate those women who have achieved excellence in innovation that has multiplied the effect of the UK defence mission.

This category is open to individual women only. 

STEM in Defence Award

Partner - Northrop Grumman

This award is to recognise an individual or team for promoting and supporting activities for young women studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

This category is open to teams and individuals of any gender. 

Inclusive Teamwork Award

Partner - the Royal Air Force

This award is to recognise where a team has demonstrated inclusive working, and where all team members have had a voice and been able to contribute, leading to a successful outcome with a tangible positive impact for the organisation.

This category is open to teams only. 

Free Prize Draw

This year, Women in Defence UK will be holding a draw for nominators to win one ticket to attend the Shortlisting Conference on 12 October. A nominator is a person who has nominated an individual, team or organisation in one of the ten categories of the Women in Defence UK Awards 2020.
Entries for the free draw have now closed.
Please read the free draw terms and conditions. If you have any questions about the prize draw, please email us at awards@womenindefence.com. 

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