Gatwick Airport’s first female head of engineering Dawn Elson from Bury St Edmunds wins UK award

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The first female head of engineering at Gatwick Airport, Dawn Elson from Bury St Edmunds, has won a UK award at a ceremony in London.

Dawn was one of 11 trailblazers named ‘First Women’ at an awards held in association with Lloyds Banking Group and hosted by sports broadcaster Clare Balding,

The First Woman in Tourism and Leisure Award went to Dawn. who n was the first female flight commander on the aero-engine repair and overhaul facility, 8 Squadron as well as the first female engineering officer on the 216 Squadron.

The awards were created by Real Business and the CBI.

Fiona Cannon OBE, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Lloyds Banking Group said: “These awards are crucial in showcasing some of the exceptional female talent we have here in the UK.

“We often read about glass-ceilings limiting women in their careers, but these awards illustrate how women can thrive and lead in even in the most male-dominated of sectors such as aerospace.”