Updated: Oct 18, 2021
The 2021 Shortlisting Ceremony, held at the Guildhall this week, saw 68 shortlisters recognised across 10 categories for their efforts in building a better defence. The incredible turn out, speeches made by senior military and industry individuals, and the nominees themselves not only made for a fantastic event, but it also cemented Women in Defence UK’s relevance 10 years on.
Women in Defence UK Founder Angela Owen said:
"In our 10th Anniversary year, and our first face to face post pandemic event, it was moving to see so many individuals and teams coming together to recognise and celebrate the incredible work done by those who work in defence of the nation. Many congratulations to all those on the Shortlist."
The ceremony began with an Ice breaker conducted by RADA Business’ Tom Wakeley who had all the nominees roar with confidence as they performed the 1971 single ‘I am Woman’. Following this, the event reception sponsor, Lockheed Martin, applauded the nominees in a speech delivered by their Chief Executive, Paul Livingston. The event culminated with the medals and trophies being awarded by the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the MoD, Sam des Forges.
Shortlisted nominee Sergeant Georgie Smith said:
“To be nominated and subsequently shortlisted is a hugely proud and humble moment, one I’ll never forget. I’m extremely passionate about the work I do in the Disability and Illness space and any small steps forward are raising awareness and educating our defence community. Well done to all the amazing and inspirational women who were nominated.”
At Women in Defence UK, we know that the equality of opportunity will not happen by chance, we need to work together to make a difference; ‘Deeds not words’!