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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. ...

Join us to learn more about the energy sector's response to the challenges in increasing the number of women in middle management, senior and leadership roles, and benefit from sessions to help you to continue your professional development and to network with other aspiring women in varied roles across the entire sector. Programme: May be subject to change 9.15 - Registration, networking and exhibition 10.00 - Opening keynote speech The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 10.15 - State of play with gender diversity in Energy Sector Ruth Cairnie, Chair, POWERful Women 10.30 - Gender Pay Gap Laura Manson-Smith, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry, Hay Group and PfW Board Member 10.45 - ‘Be Inspired’ - a series of inspirational talks with takeaways designed to support your career development Barbara Harvey, Managing Director, Accenture Research ‘Getting to Equal – Three Ways to Accelerate Your Career’  11.45 - Getting the best from the mentor mentee partnership 12.15 - Lunch, networking 13.00 - Welcome back from Chair 13.05 - After lunch...

Join us to learn more about the energy sector's response to the challenges in increasing the number of women in middle management, senior and leadership roles, and benefit from sessions to help you to continue your professional development and to network with other aspiring women in varied roles across the entire sector.  Programme: May be subject to change 9.15 - Registration, networking and exhibition 10.00 - Opening keynote speech The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 10.15 - State of play with gender diversity in Energy Sector Ruth Cairnie, Chair, POWERful Women 10.30 - Gender Pay Gap Laura Manson-Smith, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry, Hay Group and PfW Board Member 10.45 - ‘Be Inspired’ - a series of inspirational talks with takeaways designed to support your career development Barbara Harvey, Managing Director, Accenture Research ‘Getting to Equal – Three Ways to Accelerate Your Career’  11.45 - Getting the best from the mentor mentee partnership 12.15 - Lunch, networking 13.00 - Welcome back from Chair 13.05 - After lunch keynote Alex Chisholm,...

POWERful Women Ambassador Keith Anderson, CEO, ScottishPower launched a cross-sector mentoring scheme in Glasgow today.  As a POWERful Women Ambassador Keith is tasked to act as a conduit for our aims and objectives and to promote POWERful Women in his network and on speaking platforms. At an event held at the ScottishPower HQ in Glasgow this morning, Keith invited 18 of his peers to join him in mentoring three women for 12 months - offering careers advice and sharing their insights and experiences, as well as providing professional and personal guidance.   The group of mentors met for the first time and agreed to regular contact and feedback to ensure that the programme maximises the experience for the women being mentored.   POWERful Women seeks to advance the professional growth and leadership development of women across the UK's energy sector and has grown a community of 1700 since it's launch by Baroness Verma and Laura...

Are you an aspiring female in the UK's energy sector, looking to take the next step in your career into a more senior position and could you benefit from the personal insight of women who have successfully taken this journey? POWERful Women (PfW) works closely with leading senior women in the UK Energy Sector to organise a series of POWERful Connections Breakfasts throughout the year. We are delighted to announce the first two in this year's series, hosted by two of PfW's Ambassador's, Sandy Stash, Executive Vice President of Safety, Operations, Engineering and External Affairs, at Tullow Oil and Colette Cohen, CEO of The Oil & Gas Technology Centre. Register your interest to attend one of these first two Breakfasts or keep your eye out on PfW's website www.powerfulwomen.org.uk for a future Breakfast later in the year. Join Sandy Stash, Executive Vice President of Safety, Operations, Engineering and External Affairs, at Tullow Oil, for a POWERful Connections Breakfast, on 21st February 2018, 8-9am...

We are delighted to announce that POWERful Women wll host it's first conference on 23 May 2018 at BEIS, 1 Victoria St, London SW1H 0ET In June 2017 Alex Chisholm, Permanent Secretary for BEIS showed tremendous support for POWERful Women and gender diversity in energy so we are delighted to be working closer with our sponsoring and supporting companies to bring you our first conference. We invite you to participate and register your interest in attending or in sponsoring/exhibiting by emailing info@powerfulwomen.org.uk...

Vandita Pant, Group Treasurer and Head of Europe will speak at the PfW Ambassador's Reception at Linklaters on 6 December. Vandita has more than 25 years of international experience having worked in a variety of executive roles in India, Singapore, Japan, and for the last 12 years, in London. Vandita joined BHP Billiton in January 2016 as Group Treasurer and Head of Europe. In this capacity she is responsible for BHP Billiton Group’s structural financial risk, liquidity investment portfolio, corporate finance & Debt portfolio, capital management related functions and involved in all the strategic transactions which have balance-sheet impact. Vandita also heads BHP Billiton’s operations in Europe and as part of her accountabilities, plays a pivotal role in representing BHP Billiton in this region. In her current role, Vandita is one of the senior most executives and the most senior female Asian in the Group globally.  BHP Billiton have set some ambitious gender...