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Meet The Judges

With many thanks to our brilliant shortlisting judges!
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Phillippa Spencer

Senior Principal Scientist, Defence Science & Technology Laboratories 

Woman of the Year 2019

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AVM Maria Byford

COS Personnel & Air Secretary 


The Royal Air Force

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Sqn Ldr Alison McLean

Personnel Officer, The Royal Air Force

Woman of the Year 2017

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Cdre Ellie Ablett MBE

Head of Future Workforce Planning and Military Advisor for Defence People Transformation

Royal Navy

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Helen Helliwell

Director Armed Forces People Policy

Ministry of Defence

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Nick Pett

Deputy Director, Security Policy and Operations

Ministry of Defence 

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Alison Stevenson

Director Overseas Bases

UK Strategic Command

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WO1 Gavin Paton

Army Sergeant Major

The Army

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Fiona Lewinton

Programme Director, HR


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Col Karl Harris

Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Operations

The Army

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Lois Nicholson

Counsellor Defence Acquisition and Technology

British Embassy, Washington DC, USA

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Sgt Tia Gillon

Human Resources

Royal Air Force

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Sophie Thomas

Vice President Zephyr Programme


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Joanna Cavan OBE


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Col Lucy Giles

President Army Officer Selection Board


Woman of the Year 2016


Lynda McVay

Skills and Capability Director



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Michelle Partington

Founder, Mentis 

Woman of the Year 2018

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Morag Stuart

Director General Commercial


Defence Equipment & Support, Ministry of Defence

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Paul Livingston

Vice President and Group Managing Director


Lockheed Martin UK - Rotary & Mission Systems 

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Cdr Rachel Smallwood MBE

Director Ops / Plans, Security Assistance Team

Royal Navy

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WO1 Carl "Speedy" Steedman

Warrant Officer to the Royal Navy

Royal Navy

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WO1 Sarah Cotman

22Gp Cmd Warrant Officer

Royal Air Force

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WO1 Sarah Cox

Command Sergeant Major 

Army Recruiting and Initial Training Command Staff Leadership School

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