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RAF Chief Tech wins Woman of the Year Award

The winners of the Women in Defence UK Awards 2023 have been announced at an event celebrating the achievements of women across Defence.

Emma recieving her award, dressed in her number 1 uniform

We are delighted to announce that Chief Technician Emma Morgan, who also won the Resolute Spirit award, was announced as the winner of the Woman of the Year Award.

Chief Technician Emma Morgan was nominated for her relentless dedication to others, she was described in her nomination as a ‘beacon of hope and determination’ and an ‘exceptional role model’.

A group shot of 4 woman, with Chief Technician Morgan holding her award

Emma has navigated a challenging upbringing, a recent diagnosis necessitating open heart surgery and surviving an abusive relationship, emerging as a tenacious single parent of three. Her meteoric career rise and unwavering support for others showcase her commitment to overcoming adversity. Currently serving as Chief Technician in a male-dominated technical training school, Emma shatters gender barriers, embodying the strength of Women in Defence.

Beyond professional achievements, she dedicates herself to uplifting those around her, evidenced by her pivotal role in establishing the Defence Domestic Abuse Survivors Community and Network. Emma actively supports Shropshire Domestic Abuse Services, raising awareness about domestic abuse in society. Emma's involvement in the 'Everywoman Global Summit' and 'Women’s Health in Defence' underscores her commitment to empowering women. She generously contributes her time to organizing Christmas parties for children with life-threatening illnesses and orchestrates large-scale functions for trainees, showcasing boundless energy in the face of tragedy. Her work with the RAF Central Fund has not only raised significant sums but also exemplifies her ability to tackle challenges head-on.

Chief Technician Morgan in RAF uniform in front of a RAF aircraft in a hangar

Congratulations to all who were nominated for their achievements over the last year.

The other RAF finalists were:

Corporal Driver – Unsung Heroes Award

This year marks the eighth year of the Women in Defence UK Awards, which recognise the amazing contributions that women make to Defence, with nominees from across the UK Armed Forces, MOD Civil Service, the Intelligence Agencies, Defence industry and the Defence third sector.

Since its inception in 2011 over 3200 Service and civilian personnel have been nominated for their extraordinary work towards the Women in Defence Charter which strives to support the ambition of 30% of all roles to be filled by women by 2023.

Congratulations once again to all the winners and nominees. For a full list of all nominees and categories, visit the Women in Defence UK | Awards.