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Championing women in the defence industry

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Amelia Gould has won the Promotion of Gender Diversity Award at a prestigious event in London, with her colleague, Vaughan Meir, being named runner-up.
Amelia Gould (pictured right) has won the Promotion of Gender Diversity Award at the UK's prestigious Women in Defence awards ceremony in London. Women in Defence UK exists for a community of people who wish to promote the value of women in defence. They aim to encourage women to succeed authentically, share experience, build networks and encourage talent at all levels to join the defence sector. 
 
Her colleague, Vaughan Meir, also based in Portsmouth, was named runner-up in the same category. 

"We were particularly proud because we were the only two industry representatives to get through to the finals," said Amelia, who began her career in the Royal Navy as a Weapons Engineering Officer. "I think it's so important to get the message out that there are a huge range of opportunities for women in engineering, science and technology."

John McCollom, Head of Engineering, said: "We believe it's vital to promote positive role models in the industry.

"We are proud to recognise and celebrate the work of women in the UK's defence industry by sponsoring the 'Outstanding Contribution' category in the Women in Defence Awards and even more proud that not just one but two members of our team became finalists."

Both Vaughan and Amelia work at Portsmouth Naval Base as part of our Maritime Services business.

Vaughan, who has more than 30 years' experience in the defence industry, is currently Head of Engineering and Operations and a stalwart champion for gender diversity, both within the company (where six per cent of the engineers are women) and externally.

Combat Systems Leader Amelia is also passionate about promoting engineering as a career and is an active science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ambassador and school governor.

They were among more than 200 nominees across five categories submitted for the Women in Defence inaugural awards, launched in September at the Ministry of Defence's Memorial Courtyard.

A total of 15 finalists and their guests were invited to attend the awards dinner on 13 October, to see Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, present the awards to the winner of each category as well as the overall Woman of the Year.