ABOVE: Delegates gather at ‘The Wing’ in Henley for the second Elevate(her) networking lunch

The second annual Elevate(her) lunch for Women in Aviation, held on Friday at Bremont Watches ‘The Wing’ in Henley, has successfully brought together women from “different areas of aviation, all at different stages of their careers, with a passion for aviation as a common interest” to create connections and provide networking opportunities.

Founder and pilot Katherine Moloney was inspired to host the first networking lunch (held in 2022 at Brighton City Airport) as she felt she didn’t know any other female pilots. “With many women in aviation spread out across the country, it can feel lonely at times whether you are learning to fly, or working in the industry,” she explains. “During the first lunch, I discovered I wasn’t the only one who felt this way.”

Inspired to take the initiative forward and create a space where women can feel inspired, encouraged and challenged, the Elevate(her) platform was created. “I want to help you to share your opinions on different key issues in the industry, celebrate your successes and learn from each other’s experiences,” adds Katherine.

The event started with a “fascinating” talk by Bremont Co-Founder Giles English who detailed the brand’s close ties with aviation, followed by a prerecorded video from the Minister for Aviation, Baroness Vere. Mandy Hickson, the second woman to fly the Tornado GR.4 on the front line, then gave an “incredibly inspiring” keynote speech before Elevate(her) founder Katherine concluded with a few words about the project.

“By coming together online, and at events like this I believe we will make a difference and will inspire and support future pilots, air traffic controllers, engineers, wing walkers, display pilots and women in aviation business,” she noted; concluding that this event will now be the annual ‘Elevate(her) lunch for Women in Aviation’.