Women in Defence UK is pleased to announce our first awards ceremony to be held on 13 October 2016 at the Honourable Artillery Company’s headquarters. The Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, has kindly agreed to present the awards. This is your opportunity to recognise a friend or colleague in defence and nominate them for their exceptional achievements .


Women in Defence UK exists for a community of people who wish to promote the value of women in defence. We aim to encourage women to succeed authentically, share experience, build networks and encourage talent at all levels to join the defence sector.



18:30 – 20:00          

English Sparkling Wine Reception

20:00 – 20:20           

Welcome Address

20:20 – 22:00           


22:00 – 22:45           

Awards Ceremony

22:45 – 23:59           

Entertainment and Networking

Dress code: Mess Dress/Black Tie


Know an outstanding women in defence?

Nominate them for one of the categories below:


Inspirational Award           

Can demonstrate having inspired or positively influenced the choices of other colleagues

Outstanding Contribution Award            

Outstanding contribution to their organisation where the nominee has exceeded expectations.

Most Collaborative Award           

Can demonstrate that creating a collaborative working arrangement within their organisation or working with another one created a positive effect.

Special Award           

This category is for nominees whose achievements do not fit directly under one of the other categories.

Promotion of Gender Diversity

For promoting gender diversity in their organisation to create a positive effect (open to men and women).

Woman of the Year 2016

Awarded by the judges to one of the recipients of the categories listed above.

Top Ten Shortlisted Nominees for each category will be announced on 22 August at midday


Platinum Sponsor
In association with...
English Sparkling Wine Sponsor
Inspirational Award Sponsor
Outstanding Contribution Award Sponsor
Most Collaborative Award Sponsor
The Special Award

"PA Consulting Group has a long and proud connection with women in defence; our very first assignment over 70 years ago was to help women factory workers increase productivity in support of the war effort. We are delighted to sponsor the Women in Defence UK awards. The UK’s defence community is determined to improve its diversity, so recognising and celebrating women’s talent and the value they bring to defence makes a great contribution to achieving that goal".


Andrew Hooke

COO, PA Consulting Group

"Airbus are delighted to support the inaugural Women In Defence Awards. Being a European company, Airbus takes pride in the diversity of its staff. The company thrives on the mix of ideas, vision and knowledge such a combination of people and cultures creates. Airbus believes that bringing together teams of people from lots of different social and cultural backgrounds not only makes work more interesting for them, but it helps them to be more creative and do a better job for our customers - reflecting the diversity of the world we live in and the customers we serve".


Colin Paynter, Managing Director

Airbus Defence and Space UK

"I'm proud to say that AECOM has long recognized and rewarded the hard work, contributions, and dedication of women in our defence business lines--and we're involved in virtually every aspect of defence, providing direct and indirect support services to military and civilian, strategic and tactical, and intelligence activities around the world.  I single out intelligence because Jill Bruning, AECOM's executive vice president and general manager within our intelligence community and services department, was named the 2015 Female Executive of the Year in the large business category at the 12th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.  Yes, that is a world-wide honour.  Can we do better than that?  I know we will, not because you'll have to work harder than your male counterparts, but because you'll work as hard as you can to support your nation's defence.  You all  have my highest respect and thanks for those efforts, and I wish you every success."


David Swindle

AECOM Executive Vice President, International and Special Projects

"Thales is delighted to sponsor the 2016 Women In Defence Awards Event.  At Thales we pride ourselves on being a trusted partner for a safer world.  Working very closely with the defence sector, we provide solutions to help customers to make the right decisions at the right time and act accordingly.  We are proud to help to enable the UK defence industry in this way.


We are also very pleased to employ many women with a background in defence including engineers and members of the armed forces – both Veterans and active Reservists.  The need for a diverse workforce remains a key business priority at Thales and across the industry, and I hope that the outstanding achievements of so many of your members will inspire other women to follow in their successful footsteps".


Kini Pathmanathan

VP Human Resources, Thales UK

"BAE Systems is proud to recognise and celebrate the work of women in the UK's defence industry by sponsoring the 'Outstanding Contribution' category in the Women in Defence Awards. We believe it's vital to promote positive role models in the industry."

John McCollum
BAE Systems

“Aspire Defence is delighted to be involved with the first Women in Defence Awards.  As one of the MOD’s largest contractors we are committed to helping our client to maximise the potential of their greatest asset –people.  Indeed Aspire Defence is proud of the opportunity we provide to women to succeed in the business world.  I hope that various female Aspire Board members, senior executives as well as “rising stars” will attend the Dinner in October to show how talented women can rise to the top of their profession.  I congratulate Angela Own and her team in driving forward this excellent initiative and look forward to supporting them in meeting their vision for Women in Defence”. 


Allan Thomson

Chief Executive

Aspire Defence Limited


For more information about nominations and the event, please contact Katie Muldoon.


For more information regarding the event, please contact Laura Wright.