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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...

On 1 November 2017 16 energy company CEO's/NED's  discussed gender diversity in energy with Claire Perry, Minister for Climate Change and Energy (BEIS)  at the Corinthia Hotel in Westminster. Each participant offered to do more to increase gender diversity in their companies and key themes included sharing good practice, the importance of role models, flexible working and career-breaks, the role of executive search firms, transparency and benchmarks and the importance of encouraging girls in STEM. We hope to host future events with the Minister to help move the dial on the numbers of women in middle and senior management and in leadership in energy and encourge companies to become supporters and sponsors and to work closer with us. A roundtable session with the D&I and HR leads in some of our most engaged companies, supported by Accenture will take place on 23 November 2017....

On 15 June 2017 POWERful Women will be celebrating it's 3rd Anniversary with a drinks reception at the House of Lords.  Our Chief Guest Speaker will be Alex Chisholm, Permanent Secretary for the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.  The theme for this year's event is 'Reporting and Setting Targets'.  Some of our POWERful Women sponsorsing and pledging companies have reported movement in their statistics regarding the number of women on their boards and executive boards, but with still only 6% and 9% respectively, the energy sector is falling way behind recent recommendations.  It's no secret that gender diversity is good for business so we look foward to views on why the energy sector is lagging so far behind....

POWERful Women has been pooling resources with other women's groups in energy via the Energy Sector Women's Networking Group which meets at BEIS.  Together we devised a great opportunity for women in middle management to engage in speed-mentoring and networking in September last year with support from Alex Chisholm. On 11 May 2017 two members from the group POWERful Women and MentorSET hosted a further speed-mentoring event at the All-Energy conference, SECC, Glasgow.  The event aimed to raise the profile of the benefits of mentoring as an enabler in the growth of skills in the energy sector, with a particular focus on the development of females in the industry. We were delighted to have a special guest speaker, the Women's Engineering Society's Karen Burt Award winner, Clare Lavelle. Clare is Arup's Energy Consulting Business Leader in Scotland and the North East, and an enthusiastic advocate for the engineering profession to young women. If...

Beverley Smith appointed as Director of POWERful Women Beverley Smith, formerly VP of Exploration and Growth for BG Group, has been appointed as Director of POWERful Women. POWERful Women (PfW) is a professional initiative that exists to advance the leadership and development of women across the UK's energy sector, celebrating the achievements of inspirational women, supporting and connecting women in their progression, providing practical tools and challenging and supporting energy companies in taking positive steps towards a balanced and diverse workforce. Beverley's career has spanned more than 25 years and four continents with FTSE20 company BG Group, starting as an Exploration Geologist in 1990, with increasingly senior roles in Trinidad, Nigeria, Algeria and China, before being promoted to VP of Exploration and Growth for Europe in 2015. Her wide experience in the E&P industry combined with her career growth and personal skills in leadership, analytical thinking and problem-solving make her ideally suited...

A fantastic opportunity has come up to lead the management of POWERful Women (PfW), a professional initiative that exists to advance the leadership and development of women across the UK's energy sector, during an exciting period as we look to embark on the next stage of growth. A network of over 1,500 industry, academia, political representatives and womens' groups that span all parts of the sector, PfW supports and encourages energy companies to appoint more women to senior roles as part of building stronger businesses. We are looking for someone to take on a newly created Director role, on a voluntary, part-time basis, to lead the creation and delivery of a future strategic roadmap for the initiative. A passion for encouraging greater diversity is essential and previous experience of working within, or well developed knowledge of, the energy sector is preferable. Excellent leadership and influencing skills, the ability to work to...

Emily Spearman BEng (Hons) AIEMA MBA CEng MEI Emily Spearman is a Chartered Energy Engineer with the Energy Institute (EI); currently she is a Senior Quality Manager at DONG Energy, having previously worked as an Asset Manager at DONG Energy and Associate Director/Senior Engineer at URS Scott Wilson. In addition to offshore renewable energy, she also has considerable experience of the global energy and oil and gas industries, having worked as an engineer at Parsons Brinckerhoff and global oil field service and technology company, Schlumberger. Emily fulfils a number of roles on committees in the energy sector, including being on the Energy Expert Panel for the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE). Emily was elected-as a trustee of the EI, where she sits on the EI General Council. Emily has previously been on the Board of London Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and represented the UK on the World Energy Council's...

We are delighted to announce that PfW has a new board member. Lord Hutton is Chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association. He has been a Member of the Upper House since 2010 following 18 years as the Labour Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness. Lord Hutton was appointed Chair of the Nuclear Industry Council in 2013. He was invited by the coalition government to Chair a Commission on public service pensions, with its final report being published in 2011....

Ceri Powell (Shell's Executive Vice President Upstream International Exploration) has committed to support the aims of POWERful Women and move the industry forward in gender diversity. She says: "If we do not commit then we shall not get there as an industry. I currently have 37% women and I will do my utmost to increase that to 50% in the coming years .. 2020 will be a stretch but we shall try" Ceri Powell, EVP Upstream International Exploration, Shell...