ADM is delighted to announce the finalists of the Women in Defence Awards 2022.
Our panel of judges were thrilled to see the incredibly diverse, talented and high-calibre group of individuals nominated this year, from uniformed personnel and Australian Public Service members, to women in a range of roles in Defence industry in both primes and SMEs.
Across all categories, judges looked for entries that demonstrated outstanding success in their careers and particularly in 2021; showed a commitment to values and behaviours that led to success; overcame personal challenges; and went above and beyond their position descriptions to advance the reputation of the defence sector or to mentor and guide others. Each category’s unique judging panel also considered more specific challenges and circumstances to arrive at a list of finalists, all of whom are outstanding in their fields.
To be awarded to the defence community’s most outstanding female individual working within the communications/marketing/stakeholder engagement field.
- Wing Commander Deanna Nott of Wings Public Relations
- Siobhan MacCana of BAE Systems Australia
- Clare Grandison of Defence Science and Technology Group
- Cindy Slaven of Navantia Australia
To be awarded to the defence community’s most outstanding female individual working within the engineering field. This category is open to all disciplines within the engineering community.
- Sue Scott of Nova Systems
- Jessica Sharp of Lockheed Martin Australia
- Lieutenant Cerys Joyce of Royal Australian Navy
- Sarah Pavillard of ADROITA
- Julia Dickinson of Lockheed Martin Australia
To be awarded to the defence community’s most outstanding female individual working within the legal/contracting field. Applicants do not have to be lawyers per se.
- Nathalie Sarlin of Buzzworks
- General Counsel Katherine Stapels of DroneShield
- Deanna Byers of ASC Pty Ltd
- Rachel Horne of Trusted Autonomous Systems
- Jo-Anne Rushworth of Airbus Defence & Space
To be awarded to the defence community’s most outstanding female individual to recognise efforts of women in deployed/remote areas with a focus on logistics, services and support roles.
- Patricia (Trish) Denison of BAE Systems Australia
- Wing Commander Marija Jovanovich of Royal Australian Air Force
- Wainise Morel of Royal Australian Navy
- Lieutenant Commander Makaila Lasalo of Royal Australian Navy
To be awarded to the defence community’s most outstanding female individual who has developed and /or administered initiatives to support women in the defence community.
- Hayley Ann Boswell of Defence Kidz
- Melanie Fuller (nee Farrier) of Department of Defence Science and Technology Group
- Commander Penelope Twemlow of PwC/Royal Australian Navy/ Women in Power
- Rebecca Rayner of Military Life
To be awarded to the defence community’s most outstanding female individual working within project management.
- Georgia Davey of Aurecon
- Kristen Raby of Nova Systems
- Kiri Roberts of Accenture
- Jessica Swan of Rohde & Schwarz Australia
- Eva Wong of Thales
To be awarded to the defence community’s most outstanding female individual working within operations, production or trade fields.
- Captain Alissa Tucker of Australian Army
- Petty Officer Sara Clarke of Royal Australian Navy
- Leading Seaman Madeline Jackson of Royal Australian Navy
- Tegan Tippett of Viden
To be awarded to the defence community’s most outstanding individual academic or researcher working on Defence related matters.
- Professor Vice Chancellor (Research) Andrea Bishop of Griffith University
- Lieutenant Commander Victoria Jnitova of Royal Australian Navy
To be awarded to the defence community’s most outstanding indigenous individual female working in any field.
- Rhiannon Busch of JLB-Yaran
- Alice Beilby of Savanna Solutions
- Rikki Cooper of BGIS
- Haley Matthews of BAE Systems Australia
- Jessie Risk of AKJ Services
To be awarded to the defence community’s most outstanding female individual aged under 30 years (at 31st December 2021).
- Matilda Thomas-Smith of Aurecon
- Arlene Mendoza of Coras
- Emily Prunnell of Aurecon
- Jessica Boland of Airbus
We'd like to extend a huge congratulations to all our finalists. Make sure to keep an eye on our website – we'll be sharing the details of the finalists in each category from Tuesday 19 July.
The winners and Hall of Fame inductee will be announced at a gala dinner at The National Arboretum Canberra on 14 September 2022. Book your tickets here – we hope to see you there!