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10 September 2019
Congratulations to our five Royal Navy women and one team who have been shortlisted for The Women in Defence Awards 2019.

They were chosen from a record 474 inspirational nominees from across the defence community including the Armed Forces, Civil Service, GCHQ, MI5, SIS, defence industry and the Defence 3rd sector.

The Royal Navy’s nominees have been recognised in categories celebrating inspiration, outstanding contribution, most collaborative, emerging talent, unsung heroines and inclusive teamwork.

The First Sea Lord, Admiral Tony Radakin said: “I am extremely proud of all our individual and team nominees shortlisted in this year’s Women in Defence Awards.

I am extremely proud of all our individual and team nominees shortlisted in this year’s Women in Defence Awards.

Admiral Tony Radakin, The First Sea Lord

“I am impressed by their hard work, dedication and selfless commitment to others. To be nominated in so many categories shows how much women are achieving across all areas of the Naval Service.”

Angela Owen, Founder of Women in Defence UK said: “I was absolutely delighted to see a record number of women, men, individuals and teams celebrated by being nominated for this year’s Women in Defence UK Awards and equally delighted to see that the quality of citations remains so high.

“Testament to the calibre of those who work in defence of the Nation. Many congratulations to those on the Shortlist!”

This year the Shortlist Event will be an integral part of the first ever Women in Defence Conference.

The Conference will be held at the Defence Academy Shrivenham on Thursday the 3rd of October and the Shortlisting Awards ceremony will be hosted by the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Admiral Tim Fraser.

The Women in Defence Awards take place on the 19th November.

Inspirational - Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Ruth Guest
Can demonstrate having inspired or positively influenced the choices of other colleagues.
Partner - Lockheed Martin UK

Outstanding Contribution - Lieutenant Commander Joanna Black
For outstanding contribution to their organisation where the nominee has exceeded expectations.
Partner - BAE Systems

Most Collaborative - Chief Petty Officer Janine Potts
Can demonstrate that creating a collaborative working arrangement within their organisation or working with another one created a positive impact.
Partner – KBR Aspire Defence

Emerging Talent - Sub Lieutenant Toni Harding
For early career professionals (including apprentices and graduates) demonstrating high performance.
Partner - The Army

Unsung Heroines - Commander Kay Hallsworth
To celebrate those women who, on an enduring basis, have improved the ‘lot’ of people in defence, essential to an organisation’s output but never seeking recognition for what they do.
Partner – Dell Technologies

Inclusive Teamwork – HMS ARTFUL
A team that can demonstrate inclusive working, where all team members have had a voice and have been able to contribute, leading to a successful outcome with tangible positive impact for the organisation.
Partner – The Royal Air Force

The entire Shortlist is available at

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