We are proud to announce this year's Winners!
A huge thank you to all those who took the time to nominate, and a huge congratulations to everyone who has been shortlisted and to those selected as finalists and winners.
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Women in Defence UK
Awards 2021

We are proud to announce the winners of the
Women in Defence UK Awards 2021!

An enormous thank you to all those who took the time to nominate, and huge congratulations to the winners! 
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Woman of the Year
Partner - PA Consulting

Winner:

Caitlin Percy

BAE Systems

Inspirational Award
Partner - Lockheed Martin

Winner:

Holli Kimble

MOD

Finalists:

Holli Kimble - MOD

Colonel (now Brigadier) Clare Phillips – Army

Lianne Al-Khaldi – MoD

Outstanding Contribution Award
Partner - BAE Systems

Winner:

Colonel (now Brigadier) Alison McCourt 

Army

Finalists:

Dr Eluned Lewis - DE&S

Colonel (now Brigadier) Alison McCourt – Army

Fiona Clark - Leonardo UK Ltd

Most Collaborative Award
Partner - KBR

Winner:

Wing Commander Sarah McDonnell

RAF

Finalists:

Dr Gillian Marshall – QinetiQ 

Dr Debra Carr – DASA

Wing Commander Sarah McDonnell - RAF

Resolute Spirit Award
Partner - Royal Navy

Winner:

Sergeant Georgina Smith

RAF

Finalists:

Dr Emma Egging - Jon Egging Trust

Penny – MI5

Sergeant Georgina Smith - RAF

Equality of Opportunity Award
Partner - ATOS

Winner:

Defence Breastfeeding Network

Army / MOD

Finalists:

Sergeant Danny Holt – RAF

Louise Dale - Leonardo UK Ltd

Defence Breastfeeding Network - Army

Emerging Talent Award
Partner - Army

Winner:

Caitlin Percy

BAE Systems

Finalists:

Lieutenant Hana Rabuzin – RN

Megan Wakeling - Airbus Defence and Space Ltd

Caitlin Percy - BAE Systems

Unsung Heroines Award
Partner - DELL Technologies

Winner:

Tina

MI5

Finalists:

Lance Corporal Natasha Day - Army

Tina - MI5

Sergeant Louise Bradley - Army

Innovation and Creativity Award
Partner - QinetiQ

Winner:

Professor Veronica Bowman

dstl

Finalists:

Lieutenant Colonel Linda Orr – Army

Susannah Jones – dstl

Professor Veronica Bowman - dstl

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. 

STEM in Defence Award
Partner - Northrop Grumman

Winner:

Sarah Cooper

Leonardo UK Ltd

Finalists:

Engineering the Future - Leonardo UK Ltd 

Sally Cranstone - Lockheed Martin

Sarah Cooper- Leonardo UK Ltd

Inclusive Teamwork Award
Partner - Royal Air Force

Winner:

Defence Digital Women's Network

MOD

Finalists:

Defence Digital Women’s Network - MOD

British Army Recruiting Group - Army/Capita

MI5’s Safety, Health and Wellbeing (SHaW) Team – MI5

2021 Awards Dinner Highlights  

Awards Timeline

Inspirational Award

Partner - Lockheed Martin

Colonel (now Brigadier) Clare Phillips – Army

Private Hannah Sluggett - Army

Holli Kimble – MoD

Captain Joanne Ellett - Army

Lianne Al-Khaldi – MoD

Chief Petty Officer (UW) Lindsey Hallam - RN

Sally Davis - dstl

Outstanding Contribution Award

Partner - BAE Systems

Colonel (now Brigadier) Alison McCourt – Army

Surgeon Lieutenant Claire Lillington - RN

Denise Hunt - Scientific Management International Ltd

Dr Eluned Lewis - DE&S

Fiona Clark - Leonardo UK Ltd

Lieutenant Commander Laura Robinson - RN

Samantha Seaton - DIO

Lieutenant Victoria Rees - RN

Most Collaborative Award

Partner - KBR 

Dr Debra Carr – DASA

Elaine Falconer - Jacobs

Dr Gillian Marshall – QinetiQ

Julie Brierley - RAF Museum

Lindsay Hawker – Atkins

Surgeon Commander Lisa Stevens - RN

Wing Commander Sarah McDonnell - RAF

Resolute Spirit Award

Partner - Royal Navy

Private Anna Trowler - Army

Staff Sergeant Claudine Martin - Army

Dr Emma Egging - Jon Egging Trust

Sergeant Georgina Smith - RAF

Lieutenant Gina Allsop - ACF

Penny – MI5

Rebecca Broome - Lockheed Martin

Equality of Opportunity Award

Partner - ATOS

Sergeant Danny Holt – RAF

Defence Breastfeeding Network - Army

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Diane Allen - The Service Sisterhood Connective

Rear Admiral Jim Macleod - RN

Lieutenant Colonel John Rendall - Army

Louise Dale - Leonardo UK Ltd

Emerging Talent Award

Partner - Army

Caitlin Percy - BAE Systems

Catarina Santos - QinetiQ

Eleanor May – dstl

Lieutenant Hana Rabuzin – RN

Megan Wakeling - Airbus Defence and Space Ltd

Neelofar Ansari - BAE Systems

Rebecca Priestley - MOD/Air Command

Robin Spurr - Cavendish Nuclear

Unsung Heroines Award

Partner - DELL Technologies

Abi Griffin - Northrop Grumman UK Ltd

Lieutenant Colonel Claire James - Army

Major Elizabeth Winfield - CCF

Surgeon Captain Kate Prior – RN

Sergeant Louise Bradley - Army

Lance Corporal Natasha Day - Army

Tina - MI5

Lieutenant Colonel Tracy Appleyard - Army

Innovation and Creativity Award

Partner - QinetiQ

Lieutenant Colonel Linda Orr – Army

Sarah Hotze – dstl/RAF

Captain Sophie Kennedy - Army

Warrant Officer Class 2 Stella Gale – Army

Susannah Jones – dstl

Professor Veronica Bowman - dstl

STEM in Defence Award

Partner - 

Northrop Grumman

Engineering the Future - Leonardo UK Ltd

Flight Lieutenant Kelly Mahon - RAF

Sally Cranstone - Lockheed Martin

Sarah Cooper - Leonardo UK Ltd

Sophie Wilson - Raytheon UK

Inclusive Teamwork Award

Partner -  Royal Air Force

British Army Recruiting Group - Army/Capita

Defence Women’s Network - Defence Digital

MI5’s Safety, Health and Wellbeing (SHaW) Team – MI5

STAAR: Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency Programme Delivery Team - RAF Museum

The Skynet Service Delivery Wrap Team - Defence Digital

2021 Shortlisted Nominees 

Award Timeline

Award Categories

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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.

Read the full criteria.

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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.

Read the full criteria.

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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.

Read the full criteria.

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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. 

Read the full criteria.

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Resolute Spirit Award
Partner - Royal Navy

This award is to recognise where an individual has shown true determination to overcome real adversity.

This category is open to individual women only.

Read the full criteria.

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Emerging Talent Award
Partner - 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. 

Read the full criteria.

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Unsung Heroines Award
Partner - Dell

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. 

Read the full criteria.

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Innovation and Creativity Award
Partner - QinetiQ
 

This award is to celebrate those women who have used imagination, creativity, inventiveness or ingenuity in an innovative way that has multiplied the effect of the UK defence mission.

This category is open to individual women only. 

Read the full criteria.

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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.

Read the full criteria.

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Inclusive Teamwork Award
Partner - 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.

Read the full criteria.

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