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Women in Engineering

2017

Amelia, Head of Engineering Combat Systems

Amelia, Head of Engineering
As Head of Engineering in Naval Ships Combat Systems, no two days look the same for Amelia.
She manages an Engineering function of 650, overseeing Engineering activities and ensuring the right people are working on the right projects (with the right tools to do so).
 
Amelia credits her love for maths and science to a curiosity in finding out how the world around her works.  Her passion for engineering and STEM subjects started at a young age, when she decided she wanted to become an astronaut. Rather than join the space race, a physics teacher recommended she take part in an “engineering for girls” event – which led to a career in engineering.
 
She started her career in the Royal Navy as a Weapons Engineering Offer, serving onboard HMS Ark Royal during the war in Iraq in 2003. She also worked for five years as an Information Technology Consultant and Business Analyst, before joining BAE Systems in 2013. In the company, she worked as the Royal Navy Type 23 (T23) Frigate Combat System Design Manager in Maritime Services before taking up her current position in the company in November 2016.
 
Amelia is passionate about encouraging girls into STEM careers and has helped to adapt WISE’s “People Like Me” campaign into a BAE Systems pilot. The programme outreaches to teenage girls to help them recognise where they could work in the business and provide them with role models for various Engineering career options within BAE Systems.
 
Additionally, Amelia promotes diversity and inclusion within the Naval Ships business, looking at how BAE Systems can attract and recruit employees from diverse backgrounds.
 
She said: “Getting girls to consider a career in engineering is not only a personal quest for me, but also a business imperative. There is a shortfall of engineers in this country. We need to reach 50% of the population and let them know how rewarding a career in engineering is if we are going to fulfil demand for skilled workers in the coming years.
“This isn’t just about filling diversity quotas. To be able to develop the best products for our customers, you need a workforce full of people with different backgrounds, life experiences and ways of thinking.”
 
In November 2016, Amelia was recognised for her work to increase the female workforce at BAE Systems and given the Promotion of Gender Diversity Award at the Women in Defence Awards.