Alice, tell us about your job
I am a pilot in the Royal Air Force. I have been flying since 1988 when I started training, aged 18, while I was at university. I have flown many different training aircraft and some frontline aircraft also. Notably I was the second female to fly the Tornado Bomber aircraft, but have spent the majority of my flying career (22 years to date) flying Air Transport Aircraft, the Hercules C130 K and J models. I have flown these aircraft into both Iraq and Afghanistan over the span of many years. The thing I enjoy most is flying 60 metric tonnes of aircraft on night vision goggles into war zones! My least favourite thing is having to be away from my husband and friends whenever the RAF decides.
When did you become a Christian?
I made my first commitment to Christ when I was 12 years old, but when I was around 20 I started to wander away from God, my faith and church. I never stopped believing in Christ, I just became quite confident in my own abilities and didn't rely on God. It was not till I was 36 that after several instances over a few years I felt nudged back to Christ, and started to come back to church. I recommitted my life to Christ and was baptised four years ago. I now preach, and lead services. I am a deacon at my church and I am studying lay ministry with Spurgeon's College.
How does your faith make a difference to you in your work?
Knowing I have God to walk with me through the hard times as well as the good. Knowing I can rely on him when faced with difficult decisions, and knowing I have a church praying for my safety when I am in dangerous places. My favourite passage in the Bible is Zephaniah 3:17
Who has been the most influential person in your life?
My parents. My mother encouraged me while I was at school to work hard and to go after my dreams. My father was a rock of love and a calm and reasoning voice when things looked bleak.
Tell us about one highlight in your leadership
There have been many, but the one which stands out was the first time I took an aircraft and a crew away overseas across the USA and Canada as a Captain. To be given the responsibility of both the crew and aircraft was a great feeling.
What has been the main difficulty in your leadership so far?
On occasion having faith in my ability to succeed in a male-dominated environment. I need to believe in myself more and know that this is what God has called me to and just go for it!
What advice would you give to young women who are deciding on a future career?
Never limit the horizon of what you think you could achieve in life. It is better to try and achieve your dream (whether you succeed or fail) than to set your sights low and wonder if you could have done something different with your life. Live life to the MAX!