Belinda Swain, Rolls-Royce Chief Airworthiness Engineer, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the WISE Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards.
The Women In Science and Engineering awards pay tribute to women who have achieved significant success throughout their career in science and engineering and who through their work have inspired future generations of women to pursue a science, engineering or technology career.
At an awards ceremony in London, on Thursday 29 November, Belinda was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal.
Trudy Norris-Grey Chair of WISE, said: "The Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards pay tribute to women who really stand out in the STEM sector for their ground-breaking achievements. Belinda is a truly inspiring role model in a traditionally male dominated sector."
Belinda joined Rolls-Royce in 1985 after studying Physics at Oxford University. Since joining the Group she has carried out a wide range of engineering roles in several disciplines. Early in her career Belinda played a significant role in the team that developed the EJ200 engine for the Typhoon fighter jet and she went on to become Chief Engineer when the Typhoon went into service with four European Air Forces.
In her current role as Chief Airworthiness Engineer, Belinda and her team ensure that processes within Rolls-Royce meet strict airworthiness regulations. She works with the European aviation industry body, ASD, the regulators and airlines to improve Civil Aviation Safety and keep pace with new technology.
As a member of the Rolls-Royce Women's network, Belinda supports female engineers through one to one discussions as well as speaking at events for female engineers. Belinda has also supported and organised school careers events to encourage students to think of engineering careers.
Speaking about the work she does to encourage women to think about science and engineering, Belinda comments "I want more women to realise the amazing breadth of opportunities available through science and engineering. In my career I have had the opportunity to work on some of the world's most advanced technology and I would like to encourage more people to think about the possibilities that science, engineering and technology opens up".