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Dr. Kate Gill

F35 Joint Project Office
F-35 Digital Transformation and Software Modernization
Dr. Kate Gill, F-35 Digital Transformation and Software Modernization, F-35 Joint Project Office, Washington DC (Seconded from UK Ministry of Defence, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl))
2020 UK Women in Defence Finalist

Dr. Gill is seconded to the F35 Joint Project Office as the F-35 Software Sustainment Lead on the F35 aircraft. Working as an embedded staff member leading a US team, Dr Gill is the lead on International Partner involvement in software modernization and digital transformation and is leading on a number of organic Depot stand up activities. Previously, Dr Gill completed a three year rotation as Science and Technology Attaché in the British Embassy in Washington DC, leading the Defence Science & Technology team across all domains US/UK engagements.

Dr Gill is employed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), having held a number of management roles as well as leading the stand-up of the Dstl Airworthiness capability which provides Independent Technical Evaluation (ITE) to the UK Military Aviation Authority (MAA).

Dr Gill is a Fellow with Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES), a Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and an honorific Professor of Systems Engineering with the Royal Academy of Engineering. Dr Gill has been a strong contributor to the in-house systems skills development program and schools outreach program, and is a strong advocate of encouraging education of engineering at all levels. She has had a long standing involvement in the US and UK International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and the Department of Defence (DoD) Senior Professional Women’s Association. Dr Gill also regularly contribution to the Association for Project Management (APM); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives; and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).

Outside of Dstl, Dr Gill has strong links with a number of US and UK academic fora, having previously acted as an academic supervisor for seven Systems Engineering Doctorate students. Dr Gill held a post of Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at the University of Kent in recognition of her contribution to collaborative S&T research.

Dr Gill;s earlier career started with a technical apprenticeship with BAE Systems at Warton, followed by Vosper Thornycroft where she worked for nearly ten years on weapons and navigation systems on UK and Middle Eastern ships. Dr Gill then returned to aviation as Engineering Director at Penny and Giles Aerospace and Meggitt Avionics with CAA and FAA Certification signatory authority for their product range. Dr Gill worked for QinetiQ at Boscombe Down Test and Evaluation concluding with the Business Group Manager role of QinetiQ’s Systems Management Division. In 2005, Dr Gill was recruited to Dstl as part of a team to enhance the delivery of defence Capability Management, taking on a number of staff leadership roles for around 120 staff.

In terms of Dr Gill’s personal development, her first degree was in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, followed by an MBA gained whilst working for Vosper Thornycroft in the late 1990s. Dr Gill returned to studies part time in 2006 to complete a Dstl funded Engineering Doctorate in Systems at Bristol and Bath Universities. Her academic credentials include published software and systems papers in peer reviewed journals, numerous conferences and the chairs for several international symposia.

Kate is married to a retired Royal Navy Officer, and has two girls.