Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson took to the stage on Tuesday 9 November to hand out the awards during a ceremony held at The Imperial War Museum in London. There were ten award winners in total, of whom one – Michelle Partington – was later named ‘Women of the Year’.
A former RAF aircraft-woman, Michelle created ‘Behind the Mask’ to provide free support to those experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Michelle has also spoken publicly about here own PTSD journey and, with no competitive sporting experience, she participated in the 2017 Invictus Games as part of Team GB.
The entire roster of 2018 award winners went as follows:
Now in its third year, Women in Defence this year received 300 nominations from across the defence community; including Armed Forces, MOD Civil Service, GCHQ, MI5 and SIS, defence industry, the defence third sector and the Houses of Parliament Security personnel.
Angela Owen, Founder of Women in Defence UK and Defence Expert at PA Consulting, said: “We’re delighted to have seen such an inspiring and diverse list of finalists during this special year marketing the centenary of suffrage.
“Each finalist – ranging in rank from Lance Corporal to Captain Royal Navy and comprising 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 – should feel rightly proud of their exceptional achievements and recognition within the defence community.”
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