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International Men’s Day: celebrating the men in energy

Greg Jackson, CEO, Octopus Energy

19 November 2019

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To mark International Men’s Day today we are giving a shoutout to the leading men in energy supporting the work of POWERful Women and driving better balance in our sector. Greg Jackson, CEO of Octopus Energy spoke at our Annual Conference this year and in this interview, he talks about why greater diversity and inclusion is essential for meeting the challenges the energy sector faces.

“If we end up with a monoculture we never get the innovation or the different variety of ideas that we need to transform this system for the future we all need.”

He also talks honestly about seeing the issue from a male perspective and the value of CEO leadership in driving change. He encourages everyone to call out bias where they find it: “We are only going to change the system if we challenge it.”

He suggests we vote with our feet when it comes to choosing employers: “The companies that do embrace what you’ve got to offer are the ones that are going to win.” Which just goes to show once again that there are real business benefits to better balance.

Our thanks to Greg for contributing his time to making this video and to supporting POWERful Women.

Equal Lives:  the link between equal opportunities in the workplace and equal opportunities at home

18 November 2019

This International Men’s Day, check out this brilliant film from the Equal Lives campaign on how employers support men with caring responsibilities.  Equal Lives is a ground-breaking research project from Business in the Community in partnership with Santander UK. They want to identify how addressing this issue can also advance women’s equality – both in work and at home. #EqualLives


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Ruth Cairnie, Chair, POWERful Women, on the State of the Nation

10 May 2019

Ahead of the publication next week of our new statistics on the gender balance of UK energy boards, here is  the Chair of POWERful Women, Ruth Cairnie, speaking at last year’s event about the poor state of play: The UK energy sector is facing an enormous transition. We really need to find new solutions and at the moment we are just not tapping into this enormous source of female talent.” On the launch of the Energy Leaders’ Coalition last May, she says: “It’s fascinating that these leaders are keen to learn from each other. It’s a fantastic opportunity, and we will be following it and driving it hard.”

One year on, how far has the dial shifted on gender balance?  And what has the ELC achieved in its first year?  All will be revealed on the 16 May. Watch this space!

Alex Chisholm, Permanent Secretary at BEIS, on why gender balance is essential for the UK’s energy transformation

2 May 2019

“We want to make sure we represent the society we serve and it helps a lot if you look like the society you serve”. Ahead of our annual conference on 16 May, in association, with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Permanent Secretary Alex Chisholm talks in this video about why diversity and inclusion is important to government and why we need to ensure we have the best talent for the challenges and opportunities the energy transformation will bring.

At our Annual Conference on 16 May in London, we will be discussing conscious inclusion for the energy transition and how we recruit the best talent for a sector in transformation. We are delighted that Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, will be giving our keynote speech.

Matthew Wright, MD of Ørsted on the importance of gender balance and the Energy Leaders’ Coalition

25 April 2019

As we approach the first anniversary of the launch of POWERful Women’s Energy Leaders’ Coalition, Matthew Wright talks about its value in this video – “The ELC is going to make a big difference. This is about how we can spread best practice around our industry more quickly” and why he joined with seven other energy CEOs: “I’m frankly there to learn, to pinch some good ideas and implement them in my business.” Hear too what better gender balance means for him personally, for Ørsted and for maximising opportunities for the energy sector.

Come along to our Annual Conference on 16th May 2019 in London, to hear more from the CEOs of the Energy Leaders’ Coalition and what has been achieved in their first year.

“Oil and Gas, Gender Diversity – the Facts”

4 March 2019

Did you know that, at just 22%, women account for a significantly smaller share of the oil and gas workforce than in almost any other sector? Or that only 7% of board members and 1% of CEOs are female?

This video, produced by The Oil & Gas Technology Centre in association with POWERful Women, presents some eye-opening statistics on the current state of play, what women believe are the hurdles to advancing their careers and why now is the time to act.

The video was first shown at the OGTC’s inaugural “Evening with Eight Fabulous Female Industry Leaders” in September last year. A range of speakers across oil and gas and other private and public sectors spoke about their career highlights and challenges, providing the audience with inspiring insights to aid others in their career journey.

“A diverse team is often going to get a better result than people who all think the same”

September 2018

A message to the nuclear industry on gender diversity from Gwen Parry-Jones, POWERful Women Board Member and Executive Director of Operations at Horizon Nuclear Power.

Check out this video of Gwen at the International Atomic Energy Authority’s conference in Vienna to hear her talk about the value of diversity, and how to get the best people by thinking about what women need.

Launch of the Korn Ferry and POWERful Women Report ‘Sparking Action’

POWERful Women Conference 23 May 2018

‘How the UK’s gender pay gap legislation has given companies in the energy sector a fresh impetus for change.’
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The Leaders With Babies Podcast

“Too often, ambitious men and women feel they must choose between pursuing a leadership career they love and enjoying their young family. It doesn’t have to be this way.”

Leaders Plus, the award-winning social enterprise, has launched a brand new podcast for leaders with babies, giving new parents access to a diverse range of role models, inspiration and practical support. In the series CEO and Founder Verena Hefti interviews inspiring leaders from all walks of life who have successfully combined a leadership career with raising a young family.

You can listen or subscribe to the series here.

The Future of Business Energy: Women in energy

30 September 2019

The way we generate and use energy is changing. What kind of leadership do we need to future-proof our sector? How do we actively include women in the energy transition to ensure that we can meet the challenges and maximise the opportunities that lie ahead? And how can aspiring women equip themselves to play a part, all the way up to the boardroom?

These questions – originally posed by POWERful Women at our May Annual Conference – are once again addressed by three leading female players in the energy sector in NPower’s great new podcast series ‘The Future of Business Energy’. Grab a cuppa and have a listen to the inspiring words of Kate Derrick, Jaz Rabadia MBE and Giulia Usai in conversation with Julie-Anna Needham.

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Oil, Feisty Women and Bath Salts: Laura Sandys and Susan Morrice in Conversation

6 March 2019

Our POWERfulWomen podcast series features leading inspirational women in the energy sector and in this edition our Board Member, Laura Sandys, talks to founder of Belize Natural Energy, Susan Morrice.

Laura has had an illustrious career in business and politics. She was Conservative MP for South Thanet from 2010 to 2015, which is when she co-founded POWERful Women, and Laura now runs her own policy consultancy, Challenging Ideas.  Susan is an entrepreneur and the founder and chairperson of oil exploration company Belize Natural Energy. An experienced geologist, she grew the business to become the number one revenue generator in Belize for the past decade.

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Cripps Sears & Partners and POWERful Women Podcasts


Murray Fox from Cripps Sears Interviews POWERful Women co-founder, Baroness Verma

Episode 1 – We are all Ambassadors:

24 October 2018

In this episode, Sandy Verma discusses founding Powerful Women to address the under-representation of women in the energy sector, supporting middle management and encouraging progression to executive and board roles. We are all ambassadors and all have a responsibility to be disruptive in promoting the sector and attracting women into energy.
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Episode 2 – Companies with Diverse Boards do Better:

14 November 2018

In this episode, Sandy Verma discusses the experience that people from different backgrounds can bring and how companies with diverse boards do better. We need to be more creative in how we can achieve this and have the confidence to take risks. This will encourage work life and social norms to change – to acknowledge that men and women are shareholders in both careers and at home.
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Fiona Woolf CBE on leadership

21 November 2011

In Harvey Nash’s podcast series with prominent leaders, Carol Rosati interviews top business lawyer Fiona Woolf CBE. Her successful and varied career ranges from electricity market reform and the Channel Tunnel to becoming only the second female Lord Mayor of London, and from President of the Law Society of England and Wales to sitting on the Council of the Territorial Army. Listen in for a fascinating story, insight on the nature of leadership and valuable career advice for those climbing the ladder.

Listen to the podcast here.