Messages from our Award Partners

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PA Consulting

Woman of the Year Award

As with all of us, we at PA are aiming to strike the right balance between continuing as normal whilst also recognising the unprecedented times that we are living in. We know that those in the Defence sector, now more than ever, will be doing amazing things and we would love to recognise that. So we are delighted that the nomination process for Women in Defence Awards is going to continue and look forward this year, as in other years, to being part of celebrating the amazing things that you are doing.

Alan Lewis

Global Head of Defence & Security, PA Consulting

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Platinum Partner

Airbus has been a proud platinum sponsor of the Women in Defence awards for four years and we are honoured to support Women in Defence UK in 2020.   This initiative promotes gender diversity and recognises the achievements and valuable contributions of women in defence. 


Inclusion and diversity is key to Airbus, our aim is to create an inclusive working environment where all employees have a sense of belonging and are respected and valued for their distinctive characteristics, which will benefit the defence sector as a whole.


We believe that empowering women, promoting equal opportunity and ending all forms of discrimination is not only a human right, but is fundamental to the success of our company.

Sarah Macken

Director of UK Business Development, Airbus Defence and Space Limited

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The Army
Emerging Talent Award

As the Army Gender Champion I value our partnership with Women in Defence UK and am proud that we are once again sponsoring the ‘Emerging Talent Award’. This award recognises women starting out their careers in the defence sector and who are vital to building our future success.


Promoting and supporting diversity in the workplace is essential, as is building an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and empowered. Everyone should be able to be themselves and have the freedom to challenge, innovate and learn, this award recognises our women who are doing just that.

Lieutenant General Ivan Jones CB

Commander Field Army and Army Gender Champion, British Army

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Lockheed Martin

Inspirational Award

Lockheed Martin UK is honoured to support Women in Defence UK, an organisation that strives to support the advancement and recognition of women in the sector. These awards are not only pivotal to communicating the value of women in defence and celebrating achievement, they go much further. Through sharing success, these awards inspire other women to stand tall and be strong to proudly demonstrate their skills and capabilities, no matter what their level or background.

Diversity and inclusion are the foundation of our culture, and reflect our values of doing what's right, respecting others and performing with excellence. Within our corporation, we have a global community of impassioned, determined women and allies, committed to supporting each other's pursuit of excellence, advancement and work-life satisfaction.

This year, Lockheed Martin UK is delighted to sponsor the 2020 Inspirational Award, which will be presented to the individual that has demonstrated that they have inspired or positively influenced the choices of other colleagues.

Paul Livingston

Vice President and Group Managing Director, Lockheed Martin UK


Northrop Grumman

STEM in Defence Award

Northrop Grumman’s continuing partnership with the Women in Defence UK Awards is one of the ways that we celebrate the achievements and contributions of women to our industry. The 2020 Awards take place in particularly challenging circumstances and it will be a privilege to hear about and recognise the extraordinary contributions from the nominees from this challenging year for our country.


We are proud to support the STEM in Defence Award in particular, as it is our opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of the individuals and teams who are encouraging the next generation to pursue STEM studies and inspiring them to understand and engage in the fascinating careers people can have in our industry. We all need a strong and diverse pipeline of STEM talent to deliver the future technology solutions critical to the defence and security of the UK, Europe and allies. We are committed to improving diversity and inclusion across Northrop Grumman and our industry and look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of all nominees and award winners.

Nick Chaffey

Chief Executive, Northrop Grumman, UK & Europe​​

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Innovation Award

Diversity is essential to innovation.  At QinetiQ, it’s at the heart of our business - so QinetiQ is delighted to sponsor the Innovation category.


We are committed to a diverse and inclusive business; where differences are embraced and make our whole team stronger worldwide. We believe that the Women in Defence Awards provide a key route to showcase the vital contribution of women in our sector. 


Collaborating across defence through WID is a powerful way to collectively drive change and ensure that the role of women goes from strength to strength.

Michelle Cummins

Group HR Director

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Royal Air Force

Inclusive Teamwork Award

The Royal Air Force is extremely pleased to sponsor the Inclusive Teamwork Award at this year’s women in Defence Awards. This is especially so as inclusivity and teamwork are so critical to all of our Services at home, overseas, on operations and in all five domains. It is vital that we continue to harness the innate and collective power of the Whole Force, such that the sum is greater than the parts, if we are to succeed on operations, grow as a Force and ensure that the Armed Forces are a beacon for all employment and especially for women.

Air Marshal Andrew Turner



Deputy Commander (Capability) and D&I Champion

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Royal Navy

Special Award

The Royal Navy is immensely proud to support the Women in Defence Awards 2020.


This is the second year that the Royal Navy has championed the Special Award, and it gives me great pleasure to be associated with it.  This award recognises those who have overcome adversity in any form, from personal and cultural challenges to environmental or business hurdles.  


We are constantly striving to offer all our people the best possible opportunities to thrive as individuals and to break down the barriers to success.  We can all learn from the stories of those nominated for these awards as we work to create more inclusive, welcoming and equitable organisations for everyone. 


I wish all Women in Defence 2020 nominees every success.  

Admiral Radakin CB

First Sea Lord, Royal Navy



Most Collaborative Award

As signatories to the Women in Defence Charter, KBR are delighted the Women in Defence UK Awards are proceeding so we can recognise and celebrate individuals’ achievements while inspiring women in the industry.

We know that successful partnerships are built on collaboration and are the key to success, so sponsoring the Most Collaborative Award, which recognises the importance and impact is a perfect match for KBR.

We are committed to be amongst the very best at driving inclusion and diversity. Promoting and fostering a strong team culture mentality, we are creating safe, collaborative environments where all ideas are welcomed and encouraged.

We look forward to celebrating the amazing things all the nominees have achieved.

Matt Jacobs

Vice President, Government Solutions - EMEA

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Equality of Opportunity Award

It is no secret that a gender diverse workforce is key to an organisation’s ability to reach its full potential.  Whilst great strides have been made to date in promoting gender balance, the focus should now be on creating an environment where there is equality of opportunity for all genders. Personally, I would like every woman to have the chance to take her career wherever she wants, and I am continually inspired by all the great stories from our Women in Defence.


The time for talk is over – it’s now time for action.


Nikki Kelly

SVP Public Sector & Defence, Atos


BAE Systems

Outstanding Contribution Award

At BAE Systems, we value diversity and inclusion.  We believe that developing an inclusive, diverse workplace in which all employees can be their best and contribute their unique experiences, beliefs and insights helps us drive innovation, enhance employee engagement and accelerate our performance.

It is through the diverse talent, skills and commitment of our employees that we are able to take on and solve some of our customers’ most complex and demanding engineering and technology challenges.

So we are proud to recognise and celebrate the work of women in the UK’s defence industry by once again sponsoring the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ category.

Joanna Wood

Group Engineering & Quality Director, BAE Systems Plc




Dell Technologies

Unsung Heroines Award

"Gender diversity is important in every organisation or walk of life and the defence sector is no different. For this reason Dell Technologies are proud to support the Women in Defence Awards for the third year running. We wish all of 2020 nominees the best of luck and look forward to continuing our relationship with this event and supporting the aspirations of the team behind it and all women in defence roles."


Richard Rawcliffe

Vice President and General Manager UK Public Sector

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