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At the gathering of 27 governments at the 10thClean Energy Ministerial in Vancouver this week, gender balance was high on the agenda. A highlight was the launch of Equal by 30’s report Balance Means Business! featuring POWERful Women.  We are proud to be a partner of the Equal By 30 campaign and to join other brilliant global initiatives and individuals showcased for their work towards better gender balance.  Equal by 30 was launched last year as part of the Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment Initiative (C3E), which works to advance the participation of women in the clean energy transition, and close the gender gap.  It is a joint Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and International Energy Agency (IEA) initiative. The UK Government is a signatory alongside a number of companies including two from our Energy Leaders’ Coalition – EDF and Ørsted. At our Annual Conference on 16thMay, Joanna Whittington, Director General for Energy and Security at BEIS, urged other companies...

            “Bigger, better and even more of a buzz”. That was the verdict on Powerful Women’s second Annual Conference on 16 May, held in London in association with BEIS.  Over 250 delegates in a variety of roles across the energy sector met to learn, network and engage on the topic of “gender diversity for the energy transition”. With standing room only at the presentations and panels, some of the most influential CEOs and professionals in the industry gave their perspective on the kind of leadership and diverse skills and talent we need to future proof our sector - and discussed how to create balanced teams that actively include women in the energy transformation.  And at the workshops, participants explored how to equip themselves and others to play a part, through career strategies and tactics to help aspiring women rise up all the way up to the boardroom.   We were delighted to welcome keynote speaker Joanna Whittington, Director...

Press Release  16 May 2019   New statistics show limited progress on number of women on UK energy boards Energy Leaders’ Coalition publishes first anniversary progress report   To read the Press Release: PfW Press Release: Stronger Leadership needed on Gender Balance say Energy CEOs & 2019 Company Board Statistics...

EDF Energy and POWERful Women Speaker and Panel Discussion  On Tuesday, 19 March 2019, we were delighted to join with EDF Energy to host an event to discuss the target for 40% women in the nuclear industry by 2030. The event looked to explore career progression for women in nuclear and launch the Sizewell C Women’s Network. The packed room of both men and women had the opportunity to hear from leaders, including Julia Pyke, Development Director, EDF Energy, Louise Kingham, Chef Executive, Energy Institute and POWERful Women Board Member, Joanna Whittington, Director General, Energy, BEIS, and Adriénne Kelbie, CEO, ONR on the opportunities and challenges for the nuclear sector as we move forward towards a world of clean energy and the critical role of diversity. Joanna mentioned how the government sees diversity as an essential enabler in the future success of nuclear, if it is to play a part in a decarbonised...

POWERful Women Ambassador, Adriénne Kelbie, CEO, ONR, wins the Northern Power Women’s Transformational Leadership Award POWERful Women would like to congratulate one of our amazing Ambassadors, Adriénne Kelbie on her well-deserved award for ‘Transformational Leader.’  On 18 March 2019, the Northern Power Women’s Awards recognised Adriénne’s excellent work in diversity and as a role model leader. Adriénne has been a strong advocate for promoting women in nuclear and across the energy sector. She generously gives her time to mentor and support the careers of both men and women, taking great pride and joy in seeing the success of her team at ONR and the people around her develop into successful leaders and progress in their careers. You can read more here.  Recently Adriénne hosted a PfW Breakfast for a group of women, coaching them on how to ‘step out of their comfort zone’ and manage the ‘imposter syndrome,’ to enable them to unlock their...

    Gender diversity was on the agenda at International Petroleum Week this year when POWERful Women teamed up with Saudi Aramco for a lively panel discussion. “Women in the pipeline: advancing careers in energy”explored how to tap the female talent pool to benefit both women and the industry, essential considering women currently make up only around one-fifth of the oil and gas global workforce – a significantly smaller share than in almost any other sector. On the panel were:  Nabil Al-Dabal, Reem Al Qahtani and Amjad Al Qahtani of Saudi Aramco; Colin McGill of BP; and Pippa Jones of the Energy Institute’s Young Professionals Network, PfW Board Member Francis Gugen and Louise Kingham, CEO of the Energy Institute.   The current state of play According to the World Petroleum Council, only around 20% of the global oil and gas workforce is female and these women work disproportionately in office jobs with very limited presence in...

On 28th February 2019, we held the first in our 2019 series of POWERful Connections Breakfasts. The topic of the Breakfast focused on ‘becoming a Non-Executive Director (NED).’ Frances Morris-Jones, POWERful Women Ambassador and Chair for the Oil & Gas Authority, among a number of other NED positions, kindly hosted the discussion for nine senior executive women on the PfW network looking to take this next step in their careers.  Sharing her wealth of experience and insight into becoming and acting as a Board Director, Frances led an engaging discussion, providing many ‘how to…’ tips, such as on taking your first step, finding opportunities, tailoring your CV, as well as discussing the reality of the role and the responsibilities entailed.   POWERful Connections Breakfasts are part of the POWERful Connections Mentoring Programme.The Breakfasts are offered in an informal setting and hosted by senior women in the industry, for a small group of women to discuss with their host and each other how they can develop professionally and how to overcome...

The third annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), is out today. It’s the world’s largest energy recruitment and employment trends report and offers some fascinating – and concerning – insights. The report looks at the effect of skills gaps on talent pipelines within the energy industry.  A serious skills gap is emerging in the energy sector but there is still not enough recognition that this can be addressed by attracting more female talent. When asked where energy companies should be looking to get the skills they need, only 25% of all respondents said they should be attracting more women.  Amongst female respondents only, this rose to almost 60% and was the top choice. The GETI report authors advocate tapping into demographics that have been historically underutilised, namely women. "Bringing more women into the industry solves two pressing issues: the skills gap and the gender gap.”  And they conclude:  "The next step will require a shift in mindsets,...

Shell Balance Network and POWERful Women   On Wednesday 21st November 2018, we were delighted to join with Shell’s Balance Network to host an evening of stimulating discussion and networking about the gender gap in the energy industry.    Chaired by Louise Kingham, CEO of the Energy Institute and Board Member for POWERful Women, the packed room of guests enjoyed a unique opportunity to hear from leaders in the sector on how to make progress on gender diversity.  Sinead Lynch, UK Country Chair of Shell and Simon Copp, UK Head of People & Development at Ørsted, fresh from a meeting of POWERful Women’s Energy Leaders’ Coalition, were joined by Lauren Van Der Kolk, Principal at Boston Consulting Group, to speak about common industry challenges, lessons learned and best practice.    Questions from the audience sparked a thought-provoking debate on topics ranging from high level leadership strategies to practical tips for aspiring women.  One attendee said a key takeaway for her was the need to get a sponsor who will endorse your capabilities.  The importance or role models and pro-active CEOs was also highlighted.   Two...