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Alice Williams-Allden | Royal Navy

Alice was born in Birmingham and educated in Worcester, showing a keen interest in engineering from an early age.

Encouraged by some good teachers and following participation in the Headstart Engineering Education Scheme, she went on to complete a degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southampton in 2005, sponsored by the Royal Navy. Following initial officer training at Dartmouth, she joined her first Naval Air Squadron in 2007 where she was responsible for managing the aircraft maintenance programme of up to 14 Lynx helicopters.

Her next engineering role was on board the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious where she was the Deputy Air Engineer Officer, responsible for the embarkation planning of UK and foreign aircraft. In 2012 she joined Navy Command Headquarters as the officer responsible for conducting Harbour and Sea Acceptance Air Tests on all Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary aviation-capable platforms, assessing the capability of these ships to safely operate aircraft at sea.

Alice’s other roles include a short tour in Bosnia and Herzegovina as the EU Forces Spokesperson in 2014, a staff appointment in the Reserves and Cadets division at the Ministry of Defence and a short tour at US Central Command in Florida. Following a year-long MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design at Cranfield University in 2017-18, she joined 1710 Naval Air Squadron where she is part of a team who assess, design and then embody repairs to rotary-wing aircraft worldwide.