The Women in Defence Charter is a commitment to work together to build a more balanced enterprise. Signatories are committing to be the very best at driving inclusion and diversity within their organisations and providing opportunities for women to succeed at all levels.

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Thank you from the Charter Co-Chairs

2021 has been a tremendous year for the Charter.  We have published our first annual report, set our strategy and announced our 30% by 2030 ambition.  As a volunteer body, we could not have achieved any of this without the substantial support of the many people who have dedicated their time and expertise to helping us this year.   We would like to thank you all – together we are making a difference.


Steering Committee members – Beth-Marie Norbury, Richard McKie, Sinead O’Donnell, Caroline Donaghy, Salli Shapcott

Secretariat Support – Gemma Tobin, Louise Walters

Departing MOD Co-Chair – Sam des Forges

Patron – Ruth Cairnie

Report Partner – HR Datahub

Report project support – Roni Ajao

Our work package members


Sophie Thomas – Industry Co-Chair,  Sam des Forges – MOD Co-Chair, Angela Owen – Women in Defence UK Co-Chair

According to HR DataHub Report 2021

Proportion  of  UK Defence Sector
Jobs Held by Women
Proportion  of  Women
in the UK Armed Forces

According to HR DataHub Report 2021

Proportion  of  Women
in the MOD Civil Service 

According to HR DataHub Report 2021

Proportion  of  Women
in the UK Defence Industry 

According to HR DataHub Report 2021

When a company signs the Charter, they pledge to deliver four commitments.
Click on  'Senior Executive' to see the progress on the first commitment.
Senior Executive

You commit to have one member of your senior executive team who is responsible and accountable for gender inclusion.

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Internal Targets

You commit to setting internal targets, where appropriate, for gender diversity in our senior management

Publish Annually

You commit to publishing progress annually against any targets in reports on the Women in Defence Charter website

Link Pay or Objectives to Diversity

You commit to having an intention to ensure the pay or the objectives of the senior executive team are linked to delivery of any internal targets on gender inclusion and diversity