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Energy Leaders’ Coalition

The Energy Leaders’ Coalition comprises eight of the leading CEOs from the UK’s energy sector who are making a public declaration to improve gender diversity in their companies and in the sector as a whole. Each recognises that there is a rich pool of talented women in the sector who can make a significant contribution to the growth of their business and to the transformation of the UK’s energy sector to meet the challenges of the coming decades.

Members of the Energy Leaders Coalition (ELC)

  • Alistair Phillips-Davies, Chief Executive, SSE
  • John Pettigrew, Chief Executive, National Grid
  • Juliet Davenport OBE, Chief Executive, Good Energy
  • Keith Anderson, Chief Executive, ScottishPower
  • Matthew Wright, Managing Director, Ørsted UK
  • Paul Cowling, Managing Director, innogy Renewables UK
  • Simone Rossi, Chief Executive, EDF Energy
  • Sinead Lynch, UK Country Chair, Shell

‘Positive Steps Towards Gender Balance’ Energy Leaders’ Coalition First Anniversary Report

16 May 2019 

In May 2019, the leaders of eight of the UK’s top energy companies – competitors who between them represent 56,000 employees – came together to address an issue that matters to them: gender balance. Why? Because the energy sector is facing an unprecedented transformation – into a smarter, more flexible, low carbon energy system with new customer expectations – and these business leaders no longer want to miss out on a significant pool of female talent and expertise. 


So what has the Energy Leaders’ Coalition achieved in its first year?  This anniversary report sets out the research the companies have done over the past 12 months to identify barriers to gender balance and some of the initiatives they are already implementing internally to feed the pipeline of future female energy leaders. It also sets out what their plans are for year two and the positive steps they are committed to taking towards better gender balance.


The First Anniversary Report can be read here.

Read the Press Release of the anniversary report here

Alistair Phillips-Davies, CEO, SSE Plc

“SSE believe greater difference causes broader debate, leading to better decisions and ultimately improved business delivery which is why we are fully committed to improving diversity and inclusion in its widest sense.  SSE was one of the first FTSE 100 companies to publish its gender pay gap in 2016 and has a plan to make SSE a more inclusive employer. As part of this we have implemented a wide range of targeted measures to encourage woman in, support women on and encourage women up in the organisation.  We’re making progress but there’s more work to be done and our Coalition will help drive this forward to make meaningful impact across the industry.”


John Pettigrew, CEO, National Grid

“At National Grid we understand that increasing the diversity of the workplace is crucial to ensuring we have the best and most talented people to do our vital work. There is an issue across the energy industry in attracting, promoting and retaining female talent. That’s why initiatives like Powerful Women are great forums to help us come together to drive not only gender diversity but inclusion of more women in senior roles within the energy industry.”


Juliet Davenport, CEO and Founder, Good Energy

“I’ve seen first-hand in Good Energy that a diverse workforce, and a gender balanced board, make for a better business. Not only that, there’s also evidence that gender diversity could be a part of our switch to a greener future in the energy sector — we know that sustainability focussed businesses tend to be more balanced. That’s why, whilst it’s positive we have seen some progress in women moving into senior positions in energy, it’s absolutely crucial that this change continues to accelerate.”


Keith Anderson, CEO, ScottishPower

“I have always believed that a diverse workforce is the best way to drive success in an organisation and we’ve already seen with the emergence of the gender pay gap this year, the underrepresentation of women in senior roles brought more front of mind for business leaders than ever before. We’re proud to join the Energy Leaders Coalition and hope to lead by example by showing how gender diverse teams with strong leadership can deliver far greater levels of innovation, creativity and success for our business.”

Matthew Wright, Managing Director, Ørsted UK

“Ørsted has joined the Energy Leaders Coalition because we want to influence positive change on diversity and Inclusion within our industry. We also want to identify and adopt best practice within our business so we continue to attract the best minds to help us with the fight against climate change. We need people that will challenge the status quo, bring new ideas to the table and inspire others to do the same; we can’t do that without diversity.”

Paul Cowling, Managing Director, innogy Renewables UK

“We are very excited to be supporting this event. A truly diverse workforce has significant direct and indirect benefits and we are passionate about creating equal opportunities for all. innogy believes that gender equality is a moral and business imperative. Having more female voices at all levels unlocks diverse ways of thinking, different management styles and approaches to problem-solving. We are actively pursuing this goal and have set ourselves some ambitious objectives.”


Simone Rossi, CEO, EDF Energy

“We are proud to be supporting the Energy Leaders’ Coalition as it launches today. Having a more representative workforce makes good business sense. Historically there has been a high percentage of men working in the energy sector, and we are tackling this issue. We still don’t have enough women in senior positions.  We are committed to ensuring women take up more senior roles in our organisation, including developing the support networks to help them advance.  The new Coalition will allow us to share knowledge effectively and work collectively to increase gender diversity and encourage change in our industry.”


Sinead Lynch, UK Country Chair, Shell

“Our industry is adapting to a changing energy system. For Shell to lead in the energy transition, we need to be a true meritocracy. We need to attract the best talent and enable those individuals to thrive and fulfil their potential. Diversity, in all its forms, will be how we find the best solution to the challenges and opportunities ahead. For us, it makes good business sense to support and empower women at every stage of their career.”

Read the press release of the launch of the Energy Leaders’ Coalition here.