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Messages from our Award Partners

PA Consulting Group

Woman of the Year Award

As Global Head of People and Talent, and someone who has worked in the sector for the last 10 years, I see the importance of diverse teams and the impact that they can have and the work of Women In Defence across the defence enterprise is truly incredible for the sector. We continue to be inspired by the achievements of women in the Defence enterprise and the impact that they can have on their organisations and wider society.


As founding sponsor we are therefore delighted to be able to demonstrate our continued support to the awards, in particular for Woman of the Year Award.

Claire Logan

Global Head of People and Talent

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Sparkling Wine Reception

2019 marks AECOM’s fourth year of partnering with the Women in Defence Awards, and I am delighted that we are able to continue to recognise and celebrate the essential contribution of talented women across the sector. Through our sponsorship of these awards, we have the opportunity to clearly demonstrate our commitment to achieving gender balance in our work force. As a long-term strategic partner to governments across the world, we are reliant on the hard work and dedication of the brilliant women we employ to deliver the complex engineering and technical support services required by our defence and military clients.


The awards ceremonies of previous years have been an overwhelming success, and I have no doubt that this year’s ceremony will follow suit – highlighting the incredible achievements of the inspiring women who help to make this sector a success, keeping the people of the UK safe and showing future generations of women that they too can make significant contributions to defence work.

David Swindle

Chief Executive, Global Defense and International Programmes, AECOM

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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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Promotion of Gender Balance Award

Ensuring fairness and the progression of women in the workplace should be a priority for all.


The stories shared by Women In Defence have the chance to inspire women in any sector and at any stage of their career.


This is something we are incredibly proud to be a part of.


Nikki Kelly,

SVP Public Sector, Atos

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BAE Systems

Outstanding Contribution Award

At BAE Systems, we value diversity and inclusion.


An inclusive working environment attracts, embraces and harnesses difference in a way that benefits our people and helps our business grow.


A diverse workforce encourages innovation, improves productivity and brings us closer to our customers.


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.



Martin Taylor
Chief Operating Officer (Air Sector), BAE Systems

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Dell Technologies

Unsung Heroines Award

As an organisation that champions diversity and inclusion, and works across many sectors and industries that are facing disruption, we know all too well how easy it is for valuable insight and talent to remain hidden. 


Dell Technologies are delighted to continue their support to the Unsung Heroines category at the 2019 Women in Defence UK Awards; helping to recognise the contribution of those who work in the defence of our nation to deliver a safer future for all, especially as the threat landscape they protect us from reshapes day to day.

Claire Vyvyan

Senior Vice President Commercial, Dell Technologies UK

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KBR Aspire Defence

Most Collaborative Award

Partnerships are key to the success of our Project, so an award that recognises the importance and impact of collaboration is a perfect match for Aspire Defence.

​We are very proud to return as a sponsor of these Awards in 2019 and have been delighted to see the profile of Women in Defence UK grow year on year, ensuring that outstanding individuals gain the recognition they deserve.


Allan Thomson

Chief Executive, Aspire Defence Ltd.

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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 2019 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

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Northrop Grumman

STEM in Defence Award

We are delighted to be a partner to the Women in Defence UK Awards once again and in particular to be supporting the STEM in Defence category. This a great opportunity to acknowledge the importance of diversity and inclusion, to recognise the contributions made by women, and to encourage and support women to achieve their goals. Science-based expertise is at the very heart of the high-technology culture of our industry.


We are committed to promoting STEM education to help inspire young people of all diversities to pursue academic studies and careers in STEM-related areas. These efforts are critically important in developing a strong and diverse pipeline of future talent. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of all of those who have been nominated and selected for these awards.     

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 2019. 


We are delighted to champion the Special Award in our first year of partnership. This is an award that recognises exceptional people from all areas of the defence sector who have overcome adversity - whether it is personal, cultural, environmental or in business.


Hard work, dedication and talent are undoubtedly the qualities which continue to make our organisations successful, and it is a place where all personnel regardless of gender, rank, culture or sexuality may flourish and thrive within their surroundings.

I wish all Women in Defence 2019 nominees every success.  

Admiral Radakin CB

First Sea Lord, Royal Navy

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DXC Technology

Awards Twitter Wall Partner

I am delighted to be supporting the Women in Defence Awards once again in 2019.


The 40 plus years relationship that DXC Technology and its founding partners has with the Ministry of Defence is testament to the commitment and contribution of our diverse work who often go above and beyond to ensure the operation of our armed forces. As an organisation, I’m proud that DXC champions women throughout their careers. Our Women in Leadership Employee Group offers training and mentoring for women aspiring to leadership roles, whilst we actively encourage women at the start of their careers through our STEM Ambassador volunteer programme.

I wish all of the 2019 Women in Defence nominees a successful year.


Jim Thompson
VP Defence, DXC Technology

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