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October 9, 2019

Allan Thomson is Chief Executive of Aspire Defence Limited, a construction and facilities management services company, currently overseeing a long-term contract with the Ministry of Defence to build and maintain soldiers’ accommodation across South Wiltshire and at Aldershot.  

Recently we chatted with him about Aspire’s work promoting gender balance in defence industry, his family’s first-hand experience of the Armed Forces ov...

September 25, 2019

Major General Sharon Nesmith was the first woman to command an operational brigade and recently the Army’s first female Personnel Director, so not only is she an incredible inspiration, she’s also a very busy woman too. We were lucky enough to bag some time with her to get her take on how far the Army has come with regards to inclusion and diversity, and how we can keep driving progress forwards across defence.

Major General Sh...

September 9, 2019

Director of Commerical Improvement at DE&S, Morag Stuart, is a very busy woman, not least in helping to lead the way in promoting gender balance across DE&S, defence and the government more widely. In between Charter meetings and DE&S Women's Network events, we managed to grab some time with Morag to chat about her career, her experience as a high profile woman in defence, and what the future holds for us all! 

Morag, f...

July 15, 2019

So you can get those diary markers in, here's a reminder of the events we have coming up over the rest of the year: 

- Wednesday 18th September: Networking & Briefing Evening with Alice Bromage (event info coming soon) 

- Thursday 3rd October: Women in Defence UK Conference & Shortlisting Event (event info coming soon) 

- Wednesday 6th November: Networking & Briefing Evening with Woman of the Year, Michelle Partington (event info...

July 11, 2019

On Wednesday 26th June, Women in Defence UK teamed up with the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts (RADA) to host the first in our series of Impact Masterclasses. 

Around 60 women from right across the defence enterprise attended the session, which was delivered by a brilliant RADA actor and voice coach Sarah Blumenau. Over the course of the 90 minutes, Sarah covered the physicality, breathing and psychology of how to feel and b...

July 2, 2019

On Thursday 20th June, Women in Defence UK hosted our first ever Speed Mentoring evening, at Event Partner PA Consulting’s London office. The evening was a huge success, with attendees from right across the defence enterprise.

Since being founded in 2011 as a LinkedIn group of passionate women working in defence, we’ve grown into a thriving community dedicated to improving gender balance across defence. This year has been one o...

June 7, 2019

We're excited to share the news that tickets are now on sale for our first in a series of RADA Impact Masterclasses, Step into the Spotlight, taking place on  Wednesday 26th June

This series of masterclasses, delivered by the outstanding Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts (RADA) and made possible by our fantastic founding partner PA Consulting, will enhance the impact of women by giving participants an insight into the effect...

May 23, 2019

With an award-winning advert challenging gender stereotypes and the first woman promoted to 3* rank in the history of the UK’s Armed Forces, the RAF is definitely doing something right. We caught up with their Gender Advocate, Air Vice Marshal Bunny James, to find out exactly what.

Air Vice Marshal James, thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview with us today. First up, I wanted to ask you about your role as Gender A...

May 17, 2019

We're excited to share the news that tickets are now on sale for our first in a series of exclusive speed mentoring events, taking place on Thursday 20th June

Together with a number of other events we've got lined up for 2019, our series of speed mentoring sessions will support participants in developing and honing the skills we all need, to maximise our individual and collective impact, and improve the defence output in the...

May 9, 2019

For our most recent interview, Lt Gen Richard Nugee, Chief of Defence People, made time to speak to us, very candidly, on everything from the obstacles still facing gender balance across defence, some of the work he's done to tackle them, to his inspirations and what's next up on the horizon for him.

General Nugee, thank you so much for taking the time to speak to us today. As a key supporter of Women in Defence since the...

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