Women in Defence Awards 2018
The winners of the Women in Defence UK Awards 2018 were announced by the Secretary of State for Defence, The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, at a ceremony at the Imperial War Museum in London on Tuesday 6th November 2018. MI5 and GCHQ finalists were successful in two of the ten categories.
- Victoria from MI5 won the Promotion of Gender Balance award
- A Joint Operational Team from GCHQ received the Inclusive Teamwork Award
This year, in the awards' third year, there were 300 nominations received from across the defence community. MI5, GCHQ and SIS put forward a number of nominations, and from them eight individuals and teams were shortlisted. Four finalists were selected and of those, two won awards. It represents a great endorsement of the contribution we collectively make to keep the country safe.
Andrew Parker, Director General MI5 recently said:
Congratulations to Victoria and to our GCHQ colleagues for their success at the Women in Defence Awards 2018. I'm pleased that they have been recognised for their excellent work keeping the country safe, and for making MI5 and the intelligence agencies great places to work.
Jeremy Fleming, Director GCHQ recently commented:
I am incredibly proud that teams from GCHQ, MI5 and our military partners have been recognised at the Women in Defence Awards. It's rare to be able to publicly celebrate the hard work they and their colleagues do for the intelligence and defence community to help keep the country safe.
Angela Owen, founder of Women in Defence UK recently stated:
We're delighted to have seen such an inspiring and diverse list of finalists during this special year marking 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.
Women in Defence UK was set up in 2011 as "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".
To see the full list of awards, visit the Women in Defence website. Congratulations to all the winners.
Latest News from
MI5 And Police Issue Joint Message on Terrorism02/04/2019 15:42:00
Andrew Parker, Director General of MI5, and Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, wrote in The Times newspaper on 29 March to explain how both organisations are working together to tackle the terrorist threat.
GCHQ Centenary Plaque Unveiling18/02/2019 16:15:00
Andrew Parker, Director General of MI5, was present on 14 February at the unveiling by HM The Queen of a plaque at Watergate House, the original home of our partners at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), as part of their centenary celebrations.
MI5 Ranked as A Top 10 LGBT+ Inclusive Employer22/01/2019 10:15:00
MI5 is delighted to once again be ranked as a Top 10 LGBT+ inclusive employer in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index 2019.
MI5 Publishes 2018 Gender Pay Gap Report20/12/2018 15:25:00
oday MI5, along with SIS and GCHQ, has published its Gender Pay Gap report for the first time.
Centenary of women’s suffrage - 100 years of women in MI517/12/2018 10:15:00
The role of women in MI5 in WW1 is summarised in a report of April 1920 which was reviewed and released to the National Archive (TNA) by MI5 in the late 1990s.MI5 is celebrating the centenary of women’s right to vote with a number of events.
Remembrance 10012/11/2018 15:15:15
11th November 2018 marked the centenary of the end of the First World War. During this period of remembrance MI5 joined people around the world in reflecting on the lives that were changed and those that were lost.
World Mental Health Day10/10/2018 12:01:00
On World Mental Health Day, the UK's Intelligence Agencies (MI5, MI6 and GCHQ) are coming together to support Time to Change's goal of breaking the silence and ending the stigma around mental health, with the Heads signing the Employer pledge.
Director General Andrew Parker Speech to BFV Symposium18/06/2018 12:47:00
MI5 Director General Andrew Parker recently gave a speech to the BfV Symposium in Berlin on 14 May 2018.