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    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...

On Friday 23rdNovember 2018, Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director of RenewableUK kindly hosted a POWERful Connections Breakfast for ten women from the POWERful Women community ranging from middle to senior management. Emma’s passion to support and mentor women in their careers, really came through the discussion. Reflective of her inclusive leadership style, Emma also inspired and engaged the room, and brought a fresh perspective to the conversation. She authentically shared her own experiences and insights from her unique career path and discussed with the women how they can develop their career strategy and themselves professionally, and how they can build their environments in ways that would enable them to forge a path to leadership roles. Other topics discussed included: how to challenge yourself and take on roles that push you, and that enable you to create a positive impact in your organisation; how to move from technical roles into management positions; and what are the...

On Wednesday 12 September 2018, Adriènne Kelbie, Chief Executive of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), kindly hosted a POWERful Connections Breakfast.  The eight women attending from the POWERful Women community ranged from middle to senior management and were all looking for advice to help them move up the career ladder.  Drawing on two decades in senior leadership roles in the public sector, the majority at Board level, Adriènne brought a fresh insight into how to overcome challenges facing women in their position and how to seek out opportunities to move into the next level of management positions.   Adriènne was incredibly inspirational and engaging, leaving attendees feeling energised and motivated to put new impetus into taking control of their career development.   POWERful Women would also like to thank the ONR for kindly welcoming us to their offices in London, and hosting the breakfast.   Read here Adriènne's Blog on 'How to … step out of your comfort zone - and say hello to your potential.' POWERful Connections Breakfasts are part of the POWERful Connections...

To mark this year’s International Women in Engineering Day on 23rd June, we are delighted to feature one of our aspiring women in energy, Nike Amiaka. Nike is a chartered chemical engineer, working as a technical safety engineer in the oil and gas industry. She set herself up as a self-employed contractor 11-years ago, something she describes as a bold step in her career. Nike studied Chemical Engineering with Biotechnology at Sheffield University, followed by a Masters in Engineering Business Management from Warwick.  A keen advocate of always being one step ahead, she started to think about applying for jobs before she had finished her studies and went straight into the rail industry as a safety and risk consultant. A highlight was working on the Heathrow Terminal 5 project, managing hazard identification workshops for the London Underground and Heathrow Express extensions. Now, as a contractor in oil and gas, her roles and responsibilities vary from project to project and client to client.  “On a typical day,...

A new initiative is being launched today 22 May 2018 to drive up the number of women at senior levels and middle management in the UK’s energy industry. The Energy Leaders’ Coalition comprises eight of the leading CEOs from the UK’s energy sector who are making a public declaration [1] to improve gender diversity in their companies and in the sector as a whole. Welcoming the initiative, Business Secretary Greg Clark said; “If companies fail to have diversity at the top of their business they are missing out on the full talent available to them. While some energy companies have made progress to improve diversity in the boardroom, we need all companies in this sector to step up. Foresighted initiatives like this new coalition will break down barriers and help ensure that women are not held back and are given equal opportunities in the workplace.” The new Coalition, announced by the Secretary of State...

Join POWERful Women for lunch at All-Energy in M1 from  12.30-2 on 3 May.  Speakers include Keith Anderson, CEO, ScottishPower, Cheryl Hiles, Energy and Environment Sector Director at Pell Frischmann and former POWERful Connections mentee.  We will also have some closing remarks from Lindsay McQuade, CEO, ScottishPower Renewables. This is a great networking opportunity for men and women and a chance for aspiring women in the energy sector to potentially meet a mentor which is one of the many ways to advance in your career.  You can book here and learn more about career development here. ...