Apache Engineer Named Young Woman Engineer of the Year


An officer who has kept the British Army’s Apache attack helicopters flying in the demanding environments of Afghanistan and Libya has been named Young Woman Engineer of the Year.

Aircraft engineering officer Captain Charlotte Joyce, of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, was honoured by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Capt Joyce’s job is to manage the day-to-day maintenance of Apaches, both back at the unit’s base in Wattisham and on operations. This summer the 29-year-old served onboard HMS Ocean as part of NATO’s Op UNIFIED PROTECTOR to protect civilians in Libya. It was the first time Apaches have flown strike missions from Royal Navy ships and presented unique maintenance challenges. She also served in Afghanistan in 2010.

Capt Joyce, originally from Formby in Merseyside, said: “It’s a great honour to be named Young Woman Engineer of the Year. I was nominated by my line manager for the work I have done in the last 18 months on operations. I will act as an ambassador to promote women in engineering, visiting schools to inspire young women to think about engineering as a career.

The award was presented to Capt Joyce by TV presenter Myleene Klass at a ceremony in London just before Christmas.

Ben Rudd, Head of Communications at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, said, “Winning this award marks out Captain Charlotte Joyce as a world class engineer, as she has beaten extremely stiff competition.

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