Joanne Ellett

Jo is a Captain in the Corps of Royal Engineers. Her career in the British Army began aged 16 when she attended Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College. Prior to this she was brought up, educated and a member of the Army Cadet Force in East London.

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, commissioning in August 2014.

Jo’s career so far has been varied, 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, Battlegroup Engineer to the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, which included a deployment to South Korea and being the team leader for the Army Youth Outreach Team (AYOT).

Jo is currently the Regimental Operation Officer at 1 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment, responsible for the planning and coordination for an establishment of over 1500 personnel. Competent, committed, and professional, she operates across a swathe of functions to positively influence both outcomes and ambition.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Jo was required to manage the Regiment’s response.  Under pressure and whilst many others dispersed, she guided her team from ‘the routine’ to a war-footing, operationalising many of the internal processes of the Royal Engineer’s largest training establishment and demonstrating fortitude, versatility and leadership.  She worked tirelessly to enhance the safety of the whole force; improve situational awareness, and brought about greater coherence between the Station, health authorities, and Defence Primary Health Care.  An inspiring endeavour and one easily recognised by the limited disruption to the substantial training outputs and through various accolades received.

Jo’s commitment and resolve has not just been limited to her ‘day job’; she is a mentor for newly commissioned officers and has worked assiduously to be selected to represent Great Britain as a Bobsleigh Pilot, allowing her to use her position and experience to unlock recruiting opportunities.  Her engagements on behalf of Army recruiting have been particularly impressive, as have those with various Servicewomen’s and BAME networks.  As a credible, confident and fervent public speaker she has regularly briefed and inspired young audiences of over 600, highlighting opportunities within Defence.

An inspirational real-life role model for aspiring females, athletes and all military personnel. Jo is a first-rate ambassador for the British Army.