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Registrant becomes most senior woman in the British Armed Forces

Published: 20/02/2019

Air Marshal Sue Gray CB OBE CEng FREngThe Engineering Council would like to congratulate Air Marshal Sue Gray CB OBE CEng FREng on her promotion to the rank of Air Marshal, which makes her a three-star officer and the most senior woman in the British Armed Forces.

A Royal Air Force (RAF) engineer, Air Marshal Gray joined the RAF in August 1985, is a veteran of both Gulf Wars, and will take up her new role as Director General of the Defence Safety Authority in March 2019.

Air Marshal Sue Gray said:

“I am incredibly proud to be the most senior female military officer in the British Armed Forces. Throughout my career I have been fortunate to have a job that was more of a way of life, working with likeminded people in an exciting and rewarding environment. As an Engineer Officer in the Royal Air Force I am part of a team, who succeed together. I have been privileged to lead highly successful teams, military and civil service, through some challenging situations on operations and back at home.”

Please see the full announcement from the Ministry of Defence for further details.


For press enquiries:    

Kate Webster, Engineering Council –, 020 3206 0567

Notes for editors:

 The Engineering Council holds the national Register of Engineering Technicians (EngTech), Incorporated Engineers (IEng), Chartered Engineers (CEng) and Information and Communication Technology Technicians (ICTTech). It also sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of competence and ethics that govern the award and retention of these titles. By this means it is able to ensure that employers, government and wider society, both at home and overseas, can have confidence in the skills and commitment of registrants. For more information visit: