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Only 6% of executive boards seats in top 100 UK-headquartered energy firms are held by women - a fifth of PfW's target of 30% by 2030 · Number of board seats held by women remains static at 9%, in contrast to UK FTSE100 industry-wide levels of 26.1% A new report by PwC in association with POWERful Women (PfW), an industry body that promotes female leadership in the energy sector, exposes a marked lack of progress in the number of females in senior energy positions over the last 12 months. One year on from the launch of the 'Igniting Change – building the pipeline of female leaders in energy'1 report, which reviewed the number of senior women working in the industry, the latest analysis shows that despite widespread recognition of the benefits of gender equality, the dial hasn't been shifted on the ground. The inaugural report, researched and produced by PwC, revealed that of the...

PfW are delighted to announce that the follow up report to 'Igniting Change - building the pipeline of female leaders in energy' will launch at the House of Lords on 9 May 2016. Invited guests will hear from Sir Phillip Hampton, Chair of Women on Boards, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. PfW has been working with the companies who pledged their support and our Ambassadors to help implement the reports recommendations for HR, Senior Management, CEO's and Aspiring Women. In response to the report recommendations a mentoring programme, POWERful Connections, was launched in June 2015 and POWERful Tools - a repository of resources to ingnite change was launched in December 2015. Our sincere thanks to PwC for their continued support in monitoring the progress made by the sector, an important theme for our board who also aim to celebrate teh achievements of the many inspirational women who are already making a difference in...

My 2016 Pledge to Women The secure, clean and affordable energy system we are building needs a new wave of female engineers. I want to inspire the next generation and champion the role of women in energy. I support initiatives such as POWERful Women which seeks to advance female representation in the sector....

POWERful Women welcomes another pledge for gender diversity in energy, by Cuadrilla.  Cuadrilla is a UK company based in Staffordshire. Formed in 2007 as a privately owned exploration and production company, their focus is on bringing together experts to recover natural resources. Cuadrilla is aiming to be a "model company" for unconventional exploration in the UK. It is acutely aware of the responsibilities this brings, particularly with regard to safety, environmental protection and working with local communities.  Here is their pledge for POWERful Women; "Cuadrilla pledges that at least 40% of our middle management will be female by 2025 and that we will support, through our community donations programme, initiatives which encourage more young women to pursue STEM subjects"....