Last week we held the inaugural Women in Defence Awards. The awards were a great success celebrating the brilliant contributions of women and men across the defence sector. It highlighted why the Women in Defence group was initially founded and demonstrates the positive steps being taken to achieve gender equality.
The event relied on the generosity of sponsors, significant contributions from members of the Women in Defence group and of course our judges who donated their time to select the shortlisted nominees, finalists and winners. One of our judges, Lois Nicholson, MOD Head of Scrutiny has captured how she found the experience.
The words “humbled, amazed, awesome and inspirational” are at the forefront of my mind.
Why you might ask?
Well, I was delighted to be asked by Angela Owen to be one of the judges for the Women in Defence Awards 2016, but little did I guess the effect that reading through all the wonderful, amazing, brilliant, inspiring nominations would have on me. All I can say is that it has been an absolute privilege to be a judge, and I was truly humbled to read through all the amazing (same word again, I’m afraid!) things that women (and men too) are achieving right across Defence – the Services, civilians and industry partners – to deliver outputs for defence and our nation’s security. And let’s remember that many of the nominees are achieving amazing things while overcoming adversity or challenging circumstances. It’s absolutely fantastic to celebrate the winners at the Awards ceremony, but let’s celebrate too all the nominees for their amazing, brilliant and inspiring contribution. I feel very proud – and thank you so much!