LTCOL Kidson is CO 5th Engineer Regiment (5 ER), the largest RAE unit in the country, consisting of both combat and construction engineer squadrons. Like most of the members serving in 5 ER, she performs her role part time. LTCOL Kidson works full time as a Science & Technology Executive: she is a Group Leader at the Defence Science & Technology Group (DSTG). LTCOL Kidson has five degrees (including a PhD in Science from Trinity College Cambridge), and is an Associate Professor (Adjunct) at the University of California. She works on a volunteer basis as a Board Director of the National Youth Science Forum.
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