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Amelia Gould

Head of Engineering, Naval Ships Combat Team,
BAE Systems

Amelia’s career began in the Royal Navy as a Weapons Engineering Officer. Her 11 years of service included leading an engineering team onboard HMS Ark Royal during the war in Iraq in 2003. She also spent time in defence procurement supporting warship command systems and testing & accepting new hardware and software on behalf of the Navy. She then spent 5 years as an Information Technology consultant and Business Analyst before joining BAE Systems Maritime Services as the T23 Frigates’ System Design Manager. There she managed the integration of upgrades and new equipment as part of the class’ midlife update programme. Her next role was delivering the Design Management Arrangements for a major Warship Support transformation programme. In November 2016 Amelia became the Head of Engineering for Naval Ships Combat Systems. She led an Engineering function supporting 700 Combat Systems engineers across multiple programmes. This included the successful delivery of 2 new warships to the Royal Navy and the design and support of in service Combat System equipment. Amelia has recently become Chief of Staff to the BAE Systems CEO. Amelia is a keen STEM Ambassador and school Governor.

  • Sharing the experiences of a leading STEM ambassador and the path taken to major engineering roles in the Royal Navy and at BAE systems
  • Exploring how skill development and career progression opportunities can be enhanced for women at the top levels of STEM careers
  • Assessing how all employers and education providers can work collaboratively to engage and inspire young girls to enter STEM careers through successful outreach schemes
  • Reflecting on the challenges and barriers to the recruitment and advancement of women in STEM and how these can be overcome in the future

Winner of the 2017 WISE Woman in Industry Award

Winner of the 2016 Women in Defence Award for Promotion of Gender Diversity