Women in Defence Awards shortlist announced

Six inspirational women from the Army have made it into the final 30 for this year’s Women in Defence UK Awards, it has been announced.

A worthy line-up, the 30 range in rank from Lance Corporal to Captain Royal Navy and comprise women and teams from all three of the Armed Forces, the MOD Civil Service, GCHQ and MI5, defence industry and the Houses of Parliament Security.

The Army finalists are:

  • Inspirational Award:  LCpl Anna-Louise Stanley, Maj Nics Wetherill,
  • Outstanding Contribution: Maj Ros Elliott,
  • Special:  Major Cleo Bigwood, Sgt Emma Smith
  • STEM in Defence: Lt Col Debs Taylor

“We’re immensely proud of the contribution made by women to the British Army and are delighted to have six Army finalists,” said Lieutenant General Tim Radford CB DSO OBE, The Army Gender Champion. “The Army strives to ensure that all its female officers and soldiers can maximise their talent and realise their potential."

Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood, who presented the awards at the shortlisting, said: “Women play a crucial role across the defence community and it was my pleasure to speak at this year’s Women in Defence Awards shortlisting lunch.

“Since its launch in 2016, the Women in Defence Awards has recognised over 900 individuals and teams. In 2018, the centenary year of women gaining the vote, it was heartening to learn that a record number of organisations have taken part.

“Listening to the achievements of women across Defence was truly inspiring. Congratulations to all those nominated and shortlisted, and good luck to the finalists at the upcoming Women in Defence UK Awards Ceremony.”

Angela Owen, Founder Women in Defence UK said of the 30 finalists: “They are superb ambassadors for the work women do in defence of the nation 100 years after women’s suffrage.”

Winners will be announced live at the Awards Dinner on Tuesday 6th November.