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Posted - 3rd October 18

Women in Defence finalists announced

WID UK Finalists

Congratulations to all the Women in Defence (WID) UK Awards finalists announced today.

All three Aspire businesses are sponsoring the ‘Most Collaborative’ category. It’s an award that reflects the emphasis we place on effective partnership working, to successfully deliver and maintain Army infrastructure across Salisbury Plain Training Area and at Aldershot.

Our finalists are: Squadron Leader Jodie Blackadder-Weinstein (RAF), Dr Penny Brookes (Dstl) and Sarah Padley (MOD).

Angela Owen, founder of WID UK, said:

“Our thirty amazing finalists for this year’s Women in Defence UK Awards are superb ambassadors for the work women do in defence of the nation 100 years after women’s suffrage. An inspiring and worthy line-up, they 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. Many congratulations to the finalists and good luck!”

 The winner will be announced at the Awards Dinner in London on 6 November, which will be attended by Allan Thomson CE Aspire Defence Limited, Mark Carr, MD Aspire Defence Services Limited, Paul Dempster MD Aspire Defence Capital Works, and their invited guests.

Allan and Mark were also able to attend the Awards shortlisting event last month, with guest speaker the Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans.

Mr Ellwood 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.”

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