ENGINEER Amelia Gould has triumphed at the annual WISE Awards.
Amelia scooped the Woman in Industry award for her efforts in encouraging women to pursue a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).
The national awards ceremony was attended by the Royal Patron of WISE, Princess Anne and 400 guests.
As head of engineering at BAE Systems, Amelia leads a team of 650 people who are responsible for the safety and security of engineering on naval combat ships.
Amelia served on the HMS Ark Royal and is a school governor at Priory School in Southsea.
Amelia said: ‘I truly believe I am helping to make this country safer, and that inspires me,
‘Engineering is a fantastic career for young women with amazing opportunities,
‘I’ve sailed all over the world and worked on some of the most advanced defence systems available anywhere.
‘When I joined the navy my first ship had an all-male crew but things have changed now.
‘I want the girls I speak to in schools and anyone thinking of a career in something like engineering to just go for it and know that if you’re passionate about it like I am, you’ll have the best job in the world.’
In the past five years, the number of women working in STEM has grown by 230,000.
Women now make up 23 per cent of the core STEM workforce. WISE chief executive Helen Wollaston said: ‘Amelia’s career shows where a degree in computer science can take you. She is a fantastic role model for anyone,
‘WISE will support her with a national campaign to ask every female engineer to pledge to #RecruitOneMore.
‘If all the female engineers in the UK managed to get just one more woman to take up a career in engineering we would double the number in no time.’