Warton engineer wins women's award

Warton based engineer April Wiles has won the Emerging Talent Award at the annual Women in Defence Awards.

The BAE Systems engineer was selected as a shining example of individuals who act as role models in the engineering field. The nomination described April’s outstanding contribution to the company’s Challenger 2 tank ‘Black Night’ upgrade vehicle programme.

April later moved across to the company's Air sector and now works as an aerodynamicist as part of a collaborative industry team known as Team Tempest. The team explores concepts and shapes for future combat aircraft design.

April described winning the award as "an out of body experience," saying she was humbled and shocked to be recognised by an external body and is keen to continue her work in inspiring more young people to think about a career in engineering.

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