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Women in Defence Awards 2021: Six nominations for the Army

The awards look to recognise and celebrate the contributions of women across the defence sector.

Anonymous Army troops on parade at Bulford.

Five serving members of the British Army and an Army-initiated network have been nominated for this year's Women in Defence Awards.

The awards look to recognise and celebrate the contributions of women across the defence sector.

And this year, the Army is the service with the greatest number of nominees.

Brigadier Clare Phillips CBE, from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), has been nominated for the Inspirational Award, recognising her work to inspire colleagues across her 27-year career.

As an openly gay woman, Brig Phillips has also spoken candidly of her experiences and was appointed as the co-chair of the Army LGBT+ Network.

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Brigadier Alison McCourt OBE is nominated for the Outstanding Contribution Award for the role she played in the pandemic response.

Brig McCourt deployed with two hours' notice to the NHS to help lead the joint team charged with building seven Nightingale hospitals.

Once she had led the team to success after a three-month deployment, Brig McCourt volunteered to stay at NHS headquarters to continue helping the UK battle the coronavirus pandemic.

Lieutenant Colonel Linda Orr OBE is up for the Innovation and Creativity Award.

It comes after she formed an international collaboration that researched, created and delivered a new hearing assessment and treatment for those who have been hearing-injured while on operations.

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Both Lance Corporal Natasha Day and Sergeant Louise Bradley have been nominated in the Unsung Heroines category.

LCpl Day, a combat medical technician, returned to work last year when her son was just six-months-old.

Despite wanting to continue breastfeeding, she struggled to find the answers in policy on how to go about it.

So, she decided to set up the Defence Breastfeeding Network – creating a safe area for mothers and partners to talk about breastfeeding and ensuring the Army can support them.

The network itself has been nominated for the Equality of Opportunity Award in recognition of its work.

The group also provides guidance on health issues, maternity leave, returning to work and how to overcome barriers in the workplace, as well as advocating for equality in the workplace for breastfeeding mothers to ensure they don't fall behind.

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Sgt Bradley was nominated for going above and beyond in her role as a Medical Sergeant.

She voluntarily took on the responsibility of additional training and testing of sub-unit personnel.

Sgt Bradley has also found time to complete a five-week clinical induction course allowing her to complete voluntary unpaid work in support of the NHS.

Since completing the course during off-duty periods, she has worked alongside the South-Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), based in Bracknell, where she regularly completes voluntary unpaid clinical shifts up to 12 hours long.