Nordia Masters

Nordia Masters | British Army

Nordia Masters

My name is Nordia Masters and I am a Senior Non Commissioned Officer in the rank of Sergeant.

I was born in Jamaica in the 1980s. I commenced playing Netball at age tender age of 9 at Little London Primary School. During High School Championships islandwide 1998 I was selected and represented Jamaica under 21. Growing up in Jamaica playing Netball was most young girls dream.

I migrated from Jamaica in June 2002 to pursue a different path in life, which lead me to join the British Army a year later. During my time in the Army I have been worked in different countries such as Northern Ireland and Germany. I deployed on Operations to Iraq in 2003 and this tour was truly a baptism of fire as my camp was bombed.

Whilst serving in NI, I was scouted at club netball by Norma Plummer ex Australian Netball coach and current South African Coach. She invited me for a training weekend and this kickstarted my International Netball journey for NI. Through Army Netball I have visited countries on tour such as Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Trinidad, Jamaica, Dubai, Malta and Gibraltar.

I represented NI for 3 years and competed in the 2014 CommonWealth Games, where we entered in 11th place and finished 7th. This was highest ranking NI have ever received.

I was Army sports woman runner up in 2015 and 2016, additionally I was Adjutant General Corp runner up in 2015. I coached army defence under Maggie Jackson in 2018 and played and coach defence in 2019. I have actively played army netball since Jan 2008 and Captained the team in 2017 and 2019.

Kelly Caswell-Treen

Kelly Caswell-Treen | British Army

Kelly Caswell-Treen

WO2 Caswell-Treen was born in Burton Upon Trent and attended Thomas Alleyne’s High School and Portsmouth University.

In addition to sport and outdoor pursuits, she developed a love of the military through her time in the Army Cadet Force.

WO2 Caswell-Treen successfully enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps in 2003 and served in several junior appointments at 5GS Medical Regiment. She served as a Combat Medical Technician on Op Telic 5, 8 and Op Herrick 7 providing 1st line battlefield medical care throughout Basra and Helmand provinces. As a Junior and SNCO she then served at the Army Training Centre Pirbright as a Section Commander and Platoon Sergeant Instructor delivering Common Military Syllabus to potential recruits. WO2 Caswell-Treen completed Instructor selection at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where she would coach, mentor and shape British officers of the future. On assignment from the Academy WO2 Caswell-Treen moved to 4 Armoured Medical Regiment and took post as the Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant for an Armoured Sqn. She was successfully selected for promotion and was appointed as the role of Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant (Technical).

The Army Servicewomen’s Network (ASN) is a professional network that supports women of all ranks across the Army, both Regular and Reserve. Servicemen are a welcome and a necessary part of the Network, especially those wishing to demonstrate their support for gender diversity. Working collaboratively with the chain of command, the Network seeks to engage, inspire and empower Servicewomen to meet their full potential. If the Army is to increase, retain and progress capable and talented women, it is important that every Servicewoman feels supported to realise their goals. The ASN provides a platform for Servicewomen to succeed both professionally and personally, and where change is required, a collective voice into Army policy. WO2 Caswell-Treen was the Sub-Network Lead over the last four years supporting 33 networks in the UK and overseas, she has recently been appointed Co-Chair of the ASN.

WO2 Caswell-Treen is passionate about the delivery of healthcare, coaching, support and maximising talent to the British military. She is currently studying a BA (Hons) Degree in Leadership & Management, and holds an abundance of awards and certification in coaching and mentoring.

In January 2019 WO2 Caswell-Treen was appointed the first female Company Sergeant Major at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and will assume the post in the summer.

WO2 Caswell-Treen has been married to Gemma a serving Army Officer and is the Officer Commanding (OC) Real-Life Support, 12 Brigade Headquarters for 7 years and is proud mother to their daughter Emelia-Florence (2), her hobbies include outdoor family activities, football, CrossFit and reading.

Joanne Ellett

Joanne Ellett | British Army

Joanne Ellett

Jo was brought up and educated in East London and whilst growing up she thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the Army Cadet Force.

From a young age, Jo was set on a career in the British Army and that began aged 16 when she attended Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College as a 2008 entrant.

Following her A levels, Jo went on to study a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Design Engineering at Aston University, Birmingham. On completion of her degree she attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to complete the Regular Commissioning Course and in August 2014 commissioned into the Corps of Royal Engineers.

Jo’s career so far has seen her in several roles in the Army including command of soldiers at Troop level, project manager for a construction site in Kenya, planning and delivery of training, control of community engagement, influence and social media for a Regiment and Battlegroup Engineer to the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, which included a deployment to South Korea.

Jo is also a keen athlete and has always seized the opportunity during her career, taking part in rock climbing, white water rafting, hill-walking, off-shore sailing, mountain biking, paddle boarding, athletics, football, rugby and bobsleigh. Bobsleigh is Jo’s primary winter sport, travelling to Germany, Austria and Norway to compete as a pilot within the Army Bobsleigh Team.

Currently Jo is the Team Leader of the Army Youth Outreach Team (AYOT). This isn’t her first exposure to engagement as she was the face of ‘The Voice’ British Army Recruiting Campaign video 2018 which was aired nationally. The AYOT is a nationwide asset which engages with the youth of Great Britain to inform them of what their Army is up to using personal experiences and to generate a better understanding of the Army within society.

Ann Miller-McCaffrey

Ann Miller-McCaffrey | Royal Navy

Ann Miller-McCaffrey

A former Royal Navy Education & Training Specialist and Reservist Instructor; now the Royal Navy element of the Armed Forces Diversity Engagement Team.

Her career spans 3 decades and has seen her work with the Royal Marines, Fleet Air Arm, British Army, Royal Air Force, Ministry of Defence both in the UK, abroad in Norway, Gibraltar and onboard HMS ROEBUCK and SOMERSET. Her current role is to engage with communities and individuals who don’t traditionally engage with the Armed Forces in a bid to raise awareness about what the Armed Forces do, how they do it and how they contribute to society, alongside myth busting about women’s roles in the modern military.

She has a passion for sport underpinned by being a former footballer (Royal Navy and Plymouth Argyle) and hockey player, she is a huge advocate for more diverse participation in all sports and regularly mentors younger members of the hockey family on team ethos, respect in success and bouncing back from defeat.

Ann is a compulsive networker who likes to experience new cultures, travel and promote others talents and potential through collaboration and education. She is also a Trustee for the educational charity Diversity Role Models, a charity that creates more inclusive environments in schools across the UK.

She is also the owner of Purple Tie Promotions, a business that provides opportunities for inspirational women to share their unique approach of balancing life in the British Armed Forces alongside their personal challenges, passions and ambitions. Her interest spans the generations and she is currently collecting Oral Histories from women who have served in the Armed Forces over many decades - she is also an Ambassador for the Association of Wrens and WRNS Benevolent Trust and was instrumental in contributing to the rewrite of the constitution to include Royal Navy women; which has ensured the longevity of the association and generated many friendships and projects across the generations.

Shevonne Bramley

Shevonne Bramley | Royal Air Force

Shevonne Bramley

Born to parents from the Windrush generation, I grew up in South London.

Wanting a job with a bit of excitement after working in pensions, I joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1990 as a Weapons Technician. After completing a years training, I was posted to RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire, I’d never been that far North before. During my 28 years in the Royal Air Force as a highly qualified engineer, I’ve worked on complex weapon systems and safety equipment for all manner of Aircraft, managed personal weapon armouries and explosive storage areas.

I have also worked on the Tornado F3 Aircraft, the Tornado GR1, and the Harrier GR7/GR9. I am one of only a few female qualified RAF Bomb Disposal Operators for conventional munitions, often tasked to disarm live bombs and munitions to ensure the public is kept safe. I have deployed on operational tours in support of peacekeeping missions, often managing teams in complex situations during long hours, under the pressures of being away from home. I have deployed several times in my career, and have been fortunate to travel to all over the world from the USA, Canada, Germany, Cyprus, Belgium, Italy, Iraq, Oman and Sardinia to name but a few, a lot further than Yorkshire!

I have gained many qualifications over the years and was finally able to complete my degree in 2014, whist juggling work, home life and my two children. 2015 provided the opportunity for me to enter the world of recruiting and share my experiences with those considering employment in the RAF and engage with lots of young people.

I’ve come a long way from the council flat I grew up in and now what I want to do is help people, especially women, to be the best that they can be. Helping others and the next generation, is something I’m really passionate about. Travelling around the world, meeting new people and exploring new cultures is the best part of my job. It has afforded me many new experiences, Sailing, rowing, knee boarding, cycling in the Scottish hills, horse riding in Italy, Bob-sleighing in Lillehammer and swimming with dolphins in Oman. Now I enjoy giving back to society by encouraging young people to be the best that they can be by exploring new ideas and experiences and pushing themselves to try something different.

Faith Jayne

Faith Jayne | Raytheon Systems Limited

Faith Jayne

Faith Jayne is Legal Counsel for Raytheon UK and Raytheon ELCAN. Faith was promoted to Legal Counsel – Manager in June 2017.

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defence, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Faith joined Raytheon in 2015 as Legal Counsel. Supporting the Director of Legal Affairs, Faith provides business counsel on a range of matters from disputes to contract negotiations to compliance. Specific areas of interest include representing Raytheon UK in the Global Privacy Working Group and working to develop and raise awareness of intellectual property process and procedure. Following a recent promotion, Faith has assumed operational responsibility for the running of the team, and supports her colleagues leading Global Trade, Ethics and Data Privacy to deliver compliance excellence.

Before joining Raytheon, Faith was an Associate with DLA Piper LLP in the Technology and Outsourcing team. Faith joined DLA in January 2014 and whilst at DLA undertook a 4 month placement to Raytheon from June 2015 – October 2015 acting as Legal Counsel.

Prior to working with DLA Piper, Faith qualified as a English law solicitor into the Commercial team at Addleshaw Goddard LLP where Faith worked from September 2010 to December 2013. Faith undertook her training contract with Lupton Fawcett LLP in Leeds between 2008 and 2010 with seats in Employment, Litigation, Intellectual Property and Corporate.

Faith has been recognized within Raytheon for her leadership in mentoring having been awarded both a Highly Commended Award in the 2017 Mike Quinn Mentoring Awards and a 2017 RMS Mentoring Excellence Award. Faith was appointed Chair of the UK’s Raytheon Women’s Network in 2016 and served as the VP for RWN Global, International.

Faith holds a postgraduate diploma in legal practice from the College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Manchester.

Hazelle Garton

Hazelle Garton | Royal Navy

Hazelle Garton

Hazelle Garton joined the Royal Navy as an Air Engineer Officer (AEO) in 2008 having completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough University.

Following training she took up post as Assistant and then Deputy AEO on 702 Naval Air Squadron where she supported ab-initio aircrew and engineering training for the maritime Lynx helicopter, that deploys on to the Royal Navy frigates and destroyers worldwide. A key highlight was her role as the engineering lead for a deployment in Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Mounts Bay – a ship without a hangar where aircraft maintenance took place on the flight deck This was impressively during the depths of winter in extremely challenging weather conditions!

From 702 she moved to the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School as the Staff Officer. In addition to supporting the executive functions of the School, Hazelle was heavily involved in the mentoring of students and examination of those passing through on courses; this included their personal and professional development a responsibility that she relished. She was also a key member of the organisation team for the biennial AEOs’ Conference which delivers professional development and networking opportunities to circa 350 AEOs across the Royal Navy.

Assigned to the helicopter landing platform, HMS Ocean in 2015, Hazelle was responsible for the safe execution of the embarkation of a dozen aircraft, stores and personnel from across the Armed Forces to enable a 4-month deployment in support of NATO exercises. Added to this, she oversaw the embarkation of 3 US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft to the Ship for a 2-week period of operations, the interoperability of which was a first for the Royal Navy. On leaving Ocean in 2016 Hazelle was privileged to be a member of the inaugural Ship’s Company of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, in direct charge of a section of 36 Air Engineer Technicians, where her experience was used to help develop the processes and procedures to be used once the Ship sailed on completion of her build programme.

Selected for promotion to Lieutenant Commander she took up her current post in the Merlin Delivery Team as a Technical Through Life Support Manager in 2017 and is now responsible for ensuring that all projects introducing capability to the thirty £39m maritime helicopters have a fully developed support solution before entering service, including the necessary spares, tooling, training and technical information.

An unashamed cricket lover, Hazelle retired from playing for her county side Devon last season, placing in the top-10 of all-time wicket takers in the Women’s County Championship; she continues to captain the Royal Navy and UK Armed Forces ladies’ teams. Also a keen golfer, she represents both the Royal Navy and her local club, playing off a handicap of 10.

Hazelle will marry her long-term partner Laura (also a Naval engineer) in December and looks forward to the prospect of the pitter-patter of 4 tiny paws arriving in the house in due course.

Georgina Brown

Georgina Brown | Ministry of Defence

Georgina Brown

Georgina has a strong digital delivery background.

She has varied experience, including business analysis, project management and software development and design. She is an experienced manager and team leader and takes pride in being inclusive and seeing the people she mentors spread their wings and be valued.

Her infectious enthusiasm and passion for innovation comes from truly wanting the best for the organisation she works for as well as her team.

She has worked for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for over a year as the Digital Capability Lead where she is responsible for working across Defence to implement the Digital, Data and Technology profession. This requires her to build networks and connections across Government to make sure best practice is established. It also requires her to support employees with their learning and development and career choices by developing new training opportunities, including working with the Defence Academy and GDS Academy, and the BCS in developing digital skills within Defence. She is responsible for mentoring several employees herself as well as acting as a conduit to other Government departments for external mentoring. As part of this she has been responsible for bringing in new ways of learning, using on-demand training resources, and communities of practice, all for the first time in Defence.

In addition to her role in the MoD she is the Senior Delivery Manager for establishing a new way of working within Defence called the UK Defence Digital Service (UK DDS). This is the first tri-service and Civil Service collaboration for digital services. The first service she is leading will aim to improve efficiencies in medical decision making in combat and requires her to mentor and lead a technical team to be able to deliver. She works closely with senior leaders to support their engagement with these new ways of working, acting as a coach.

Before working for the MoD she worked for Innovate UK as the Programme Delivery Manager for the Innovation Funding Service (IFS). This has become the major funding route for Government funded research.

During her time with the research councils she was a Senior Project Manager for large scale change initiatives and the Senior Digital Services Manager for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council where she concentrated on large scale corporate IT implementations.

In the more distant past she has gained skills and knowledge as a software developer and designer.

Victoria Cope

Victoria Cope | BAE Systems

Victoria Cope

Victoria is an experienced leader, with a multidisciplinary background and track record of achievement.

Focussed on strategic commercial leadership and effective relationship management to deliver tangible results for businesses and individuals alike.

Victoria has over 15 years’ experience in the Aerospace and Defence sector and has worked within corporate procurement, finance, sales, commercial and engineering functions within FTSE100/250 organisations including BAE Systems, QinetiQ, Airbus and Unilever.

Victoria is passionate about sustainable development, in particular she actively supports the next generation of young people into sustainable careers in the Aerospace & Defence sector, through her roles with the Air League & Movement to Work charities.

Victoria is a chartered Aeronautical Engineer by background and holds an executive MBA from Henley Business School. Victoria is a Non-Executive Council Member of The Air League, Trustee of the Inspiring Leadership Trust and was awarded the Marshall of Cambridge Medal in 2012 for contribution to the industry.

Emma Sagar

Emma Sagar | British Army

Emma Sagar

Originally from YorkshireI joined the Army in 1998, where I have specialised as a Counter Intelligence and Security practitioner,  seeing active service throughout the world.

I am currently the Deputy Security and Vetting Officer for the Joint Intelligence Training Group. In my spare time, I am studying  BSc (Hons) Risk & Security Management at Portsmouth University.

I am married to a fellow serving soldier. We have a three-year-old daughter, Seren. Our first child, Matthew, was born in 2010. He was a real blessing, but tragically when he was 18 months old, he was diagnosed with a rare neurological illness; Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 7.  Due to the degenerative nature of Matthew’s illness, he required round the clock medical care and intervention.  This put a tremendous amount of strain on me mentally and physically as I tried to strike a balance between the needs of the Army, (I was an instructor at the time), my terminally ill son and my husband.

Thankfully, the Army allowed me to take leave for 7 months to care for Matthew during the palliative care stages.  This allowed me to ensure he had the best care possible whilst enhancing his quality of life, despite the limitations of his illness.    In May 2013, Matthew peacefully passed away in my arms, just after his third birthday. During our time of nursing Matthew, we found a lack of timely support in several areas; from housing adaptations and the procurement of specialist medical equipment to palliative nursing care within the home environment. This inspired me to try and make a difference to other families in the same situation. By the 1st anniversary of Matthew’s death, I had launched the Matthew Seren Trust, in his memory. The primary aim of the trust  is to support children and their families with life limiting or life changing illnesses and disabilities.  We are a small family-run unregistered charity and we pride ourselves on the personal, bespoke and timely interaction we have with our benefactors.  We understand that sometimes tomorrow is simply too far away.  To date we have supported over 25 families; ranging from one off grants to the provision of a versatile  made to measure wheelchair.  We are currently working on a project in collaboration with the Liam Fairhurst Foundation to create a safe place in a garden for a four-year-old little girl with complex medical needs to play and have fun.

I am extremely passionate about ensuring that families that receive the diagnosis of a life limiting or life changing illness or disability are provided with the support they need in the early days following diagnosis.  I actively seek out families,be it military or civilian, that have family members with life limiting or life changing illnesses or disabilities and either provide direct support through the Matthew Seren Trust or by sign posting them to the relevant charities or agencies that are best placed to support them.

I am living proof that you can have a demanding full-time career in the British Army, whilst being married to a serving soldier and being inspired to help others through the devasting loss of a child.

I subsequently underwent the gruelling regime of IVF/PGD to be blessed with our daughter Seren in 2015.  My aim is to inspire women across defence to remain serving, despite the many curveballs life may throw at us, whilst raising a family in the armed forces.

I have recently been voted onto the executive board of the Chronic conditions and Disabilities in Defence (CanDiD) network as the Carers and Families Advocate. The network has been established to connect and support Service Personnel, dependants and veterans with, or caring for persons diagnosed with a life-changing or life limiting condition, impairment or disability.  Supported by the Armed Forces Disability Champion, CanDiD will endeavour to meet the needs of member, dependants, the chain of command and management, whilst driving inclusive and positive cultural change in the work place.   I feel immensely proud to be part of this ground-breaking initiative.

When I’m not studying or working or helping with the trust I am a keen equestrian woman and can often be found on horseback with my daughter Seren!