Royal Navy women shortlisted for awards

Five outstanding Royal Navy women have been shortlisted for the Women in Defence Awards 2018.

They were selected from 300 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, innovation, unsung heroine and promoting gender balance.

The Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Tony Radakin said:

“I am extremely proud of our five shortlisted nominees. To be nominated in so many categories highlights the hard work, dedication and talent we have amongst our female personnel."

Angela Owen, Founder of Women in Defence UK said:

“Our shortlists are always ‘special’. I hoped we would have an extra special shortlist during this year of the centenary of suffrage – and we have.

"52 women and 8 teams have been selected from over 300 awe-inspiring nominations from across the defence enterprise. They represent the very best of the women, men and teams who work in defence of the nation."

A special event will be held in London on 26 September for shortlisted nominees with the finalists announced on 3 October. The Secretary of State for Defence, The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson, will be the senior guest at the Awards Dinner on 6 November.

To be nominated in so many categories highlights the hard work, dedication and talent we have amongst our female personnel.

Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Tony Radakin

The Women in Defence Awards 2018 Royal Navy shortlist

Inspirational - Commander Eleanor Stack

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

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Outstanding Contribution - Commander Sarah Cole

For outstanding contribution to their organisation where the nominee has exceeded expectations.

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Innovation - Captain Sharon Malkin

For excellence in innovation that has multiplied the effect of the UK defence mission.

Sponsored by QinetiQ

Unsung Heroines - Leading Medical Assistant Roxanne Starsmeare

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.

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Promotion of Gender Balance - Lieutenant Commander Helen Wright

For promoting gender balance in their organisation to create a positive effect.

Sponsored by Atos

Find out more about the awards on the Women in Defence awards website.