• Winner of the Technical Trade category: Alicia Pollock of Serco Asia Pacific.
    Winner of the Technical Trade category: Alicia Pollock of Serco Asia Pacific.

With less than one week left until the close of entries for ADM’s Women in Defence Awards (WIDA) 2022, ADM is taking a look back at the winners of our 2021 awards across nine categories.

The Technical Trade category recognises the defence community’s most outstanding female individual working within operations, production or trade fields.

The 2021 winner was Alicia Pollock of Serco Asia Pacific.

Alicia was the Tug Boat Master & Vessel Operator/Maintainer at HMAS Coonawarra until recently when she relocated to Jervis Bay as Master. As part of the Fleet Marine Services Contract (FMSC) contract in Darwin, Alicia would take command of a range of Serco Tugs and support vessels to manoeuvre Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships and visiting Navy ships in and around Darwin harbour.

Alicia is an exemplary employee who is a role model for all, but particularly for women who want to pursue a career in the maritime services sector. She is one of only a handful of female tug boat Masters in Australia. Throughout her 10 years with Serco, Alicia has been involved in training and endorsing many of her colleagues on a range of different vessels.

The other finalists in the WIDA 2021 Technical Trade category were: Chief Petty Officer Jodie Katherine Matters of Royal Australian Navy, Jenny Gigliotti of Ventia, Leading Aircraftwoman Belynda Pettit of Royal Australian Air Force and Warrant Officer Electronics Technician Suzie Peterson of Royal Australian Navy.

Entries for the WIDA 2022 awards close on Tuesday 17th May. Submit your nomination here, or contact Associate Publisher Kylie Leonard for more information.

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