You can find below a list of blogs contributed to EWiRE by leading voices in the industry.

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Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
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Rachel Hayes
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Hannah Stanley
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Events executive
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EWiRE has set up a focused initative to highlight the women working within the electric vehicle sector.

The aim is to spread EWiRE’s diversity and development targets into the electric and autonomous vehicle sector, and help women in the sector find their voice and promote their value.

Through our work with EWIRE, we’ve identified key actions that companies can do to address the gender and encourage women to stay in the sector and move up into more senior positions. These include:

  • Find a way to measure diversity and ensure people see and think about it. Until people look at the raw figures, they just won’t see the problems.
  • Address recruitment practices to ensure they are as fair as possible.
  • Look at ways to provide more flexibility. We need to stop looking at jobs in terms of set boundaries, and instead look at the outcomes. By increasing flexibility, senior positions would become more achievable for a great number of people.

However, it’s not just about the organisations, it is important that women build their external profiles too. EWiRE helps in this by supporting women to put themselves forward for speaking slots, chairing and interviews and providing help in building their online brand. You can read the paper we launched underlining the role of women as drivers of change in the energy transition here.

The group is composed of approximately 25 key players from the electric and autonomous vehicle sector. They meet on a regular basis to share ideas and discuss key challenges and opportunities in the EV space, from both a market and a women’s point of view.

If you would like to be involved, or find out more information about the next meetings and actions, you can contact Rachel Hayes, EWiRE founder.

 

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Olly Frankland
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Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
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Hannah Stanley
Hannah Stanley
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EWiRE launched a new paper on the 5 March 2019 at the House of Lords, in the run up to International Women’s Day, challenging government, regulators and companies working on clean energy to make gender diversity a key priority.

The paper, ‘The role of women as drivers of change in the energy transition’ brings together articles from inspiring women leading the transformation of our energy mission on the key role of gender diversity.

This launch is the next step in the work of Regen’s EWiRE network, with an ambitious programme to support more women lead the transition to a clean, decentralised and flexible energy system.

In 2019, we want to see more women leading the energy industry through this period of extraordinary change. We want to ensure that every key policy and regulatory forum has a strong and diverse voice.” Rachel Hayes, founder of EWIRE

But we know we can’t do that alone. If you are interested in joining the EWIRE network you can view more details here, or contact Rachel Hayes to discuss how you can participate.

More specifically, we are inviting leading businesses who are interested in seeing real change in diversity in our sector, to work with us by sponsoring EWiRE. You can click here to explore different opportunities.

Read the paper below:

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Kerry Hayes
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Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Hannah Stanley
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Events executive
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Regen has produced a selection of case studies from inspirational women from across the clean energy sector. Read their stories to find out more about their career histories, including the successes and failures they have faced.

Project duration: June 2015- current

Robyn Lucas – Head of data science, Open Energi

A remarkable woman who is passionate about building a smart, flexible energy system for the future as well as encouraging more women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) roles.

Read more here

Mareike Schmidt – Energy service manager, Bristol County Council

A visionary woman who has spearheaded Bristol City Council’s highly successful European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) programme, while also championing the role of women in the UK renewable energy sector.

Read more here

Melissa Miners – Senior global affairs manager sustainable packaging, Unilever

An Olympian of communications and sustainability, Melissa is motivated by an intrinsic drive to protect and nurture the environment, while breaking-down barriers of public perception.

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Adriana Laguna – Low carbon technologies & external engagement senior manager, UK Power Networks

A gifted engineer and leader, Adriana Laguna uses her unique combination of industry know-how and policy development experience to drive innovation in energy distribution and to help bridge the gap between technical experts and decision makers.

Read more here

Tess Sundelin – Managing director, Green Hedge Group

An inspirational women who’s not afraid of taking risks in her career, Tess Sundelin has established herself in a senior role in the UK renewable energy industry.

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Cordi O’Hara – Director of UK System Operator, National Grid   

A dynamic woman who embraces and embodies the positive differences which women bring to a historically male dominated sector and who is a firm believer in ‘the art of the possible’.

Read more here

Louise Wilson – Co-founder, Abundance Generation

An inspirational woman that supersedes the banker rhetoric. Louise Wilson has established her place in the energy sector and her passion for a better future is truly catching.

Read more here

Maria Connolly – Partner, TLT

An extremely successful woman who has been motivated by renewable energy since day one, Maria Connolly has now established herself in a senior role as a partner for TLT.

Read more here

Liz Dunn – Partner, Burges Salmon

An inspirational woman who’s not afraid of challenges, Liz Dunn, chose law as a second career. She shared with us the story of her successes and the challenges she has faced.

Read more here

Bernice Roberts – Director and principal environmental planner, The Landmark Practice

An inspirational woman who has worked her way up the environmental industry, Bernice Roberts shares with us her story of how she became the head of planning and renewables.

Read more here

Sue Barr – External affairs manager, OpenHydro

An inspirational woman who has been championing marine energy for the last 16 years and has made groundbreaking achievements in national policy decisions.

Read more here

If you would like to appear here, we would be delighted to hear from you.

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Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Hannah Stanley
Hannah Stanley
Events executive
Hannah is part of Regen’s events, membership and communication team to help keep our…

A steering group of influential women keep our EWiRE network and overall programme on track, with two formal steering group meetings per year.

All of our steering group help to integrate the work of our network with others to ensure that we add value.



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Cheryl Hiles, energy and environment sector director, Pell Frischmann

After 14 years at Regen, Cheryl has moved on from her role as strategy director at Regen to join Pell Frischmann design engineering consultancy as their director for energy and environment, where she is developing their business strategy and growing the profile and impact of the company’s work in these sectors.

Whilst at Regen, Cheryl provided market insight, policy and future energy scenario analysis, and energy strategy advice to companies, regulated business, charities, local authorities and central government. Cheryl is a specialist in spatial planning, distributed energy and stakeholder engagement. She has initiated and driven forward several initiatives to support the growth of the sustainable energy sector and improve the planning environment for sustainable energy across England and Wales.


Bernice Roberts

Bernice Roberts, director and principal environmental planner, The Landmark Practice

Bernice is a Director of The Landmark Practice, where she heads up the planning team and is responsible for all renewable energy output. She has led on planning and EIA developments in a variety of renewables sectors, including wind, solar and energy from waste schemes across England and Wales. She has won the RTPI Environmental Planning and Protection Award, in recognition of her work to deliver the Bristol Port Company’s wind turbines, and also contributes to training for planners, developers and community groups, and under and post graduate students. Bernice is a firm advocate of equality in the workplace, demonstrated by Landmark’s preponderance of energetic female consultants (plus equally valued male colleagues!) and of ensuring career progression and a fair work life balance for all staff.


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Liz Dunn, partner, Burges Salmon

Liz Dunn is a Planning Partner at Burges Salmon, specialising in renewable energy. Chambers 2014 says she is respected throughout the field for her extensive expertise in renewables projects. Sources praise her “attention to detail, quick turnaround, and ability to get to the heart of the matter quickly and give sound advice.” Liz started her career working in the theatre and retrained as a solicitor when her children were young. She is one of four planning partners at Burges Salmon with a team of twelve lawyers. Liz advises on a wide range of renewables projects, consenting the first offshore wind farm under the Planning Act regime for nationally significant infrastructure projects and advising extensively on onshore wind, biomass and anaerobic digestion. She is a member of Renewable UK’s Cymru strategy group and regularly speaks on consenting issues for renewables projects.



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Maria Connolly, partner, TLT

Maria is head of TLT’s Energy and Renewables team and is rated by Legal 500 as outstanding. Maria has significant expertise in renewable energy projects, particularly in relation to wind, solar PV, hydro, AD and biomass. She acts for lenders and developers in relation to property matters, including acquisitions of existing renewable energy projects, drafting bespoke documentation, negotiation of exclusivity agreements, option agreements and leases and undertaking full due diligence. Maria has acted in relation to over 100 large scale wind projects and was at the forefront of advising developers and lenders in relation to solar PV, including one of the first to market with plain English solar PV documentation, which has been rolled out to thousands of installations nationally, as well as dealing with some of the largest solar arrays in the UK. Maria is independently recognised as an expert in energy & natural resources: renewables & alternative energy by Chambers UK, a guide to the legal profession.



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Dr Nina Skorupska, chief executive, REA

Dr Nina Skorupska has over 25 years in the Energy Industry; Nina’s career began as a fuel specialist, but moved quickly onto power stations, which led to her being appointed as the first female Power Station Manager of RWE npower. Since that time, she has led a UK Energy Trading team for RWE, followed by being RWE npower’s Director of Technology Services. She has worked in Germany as RWE Group’s Director of Performance Improvement, where she went on to save them over 2 bn Euros on operating costs. From May 2010 until the end of 2012, as Chief Technology Officer, she was an executive member of the Board of Essent N.V., the Netherlands’ largest energy company, and responsible for Essent’s Generation portfolio and new energy developments. In 2012, Nina became a Supervisory Board member for DNV GL Energy in the Netherlands, a position that she continues to enjoy today. In July 2013, Nina took the helm of the Renewable Energy Association as its Chief Executive. In 2014, Nina joined the Board of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and has recently been voted onto the Board of the European Renewable Energies Foundation (EREF).



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Sue Barr, environment and external affairs manager, OpenHydro

Sue Barr is the External Affairs Manager for OpenHydro, a tidal technology developer. Following an early career in marine science supporting the offshore oil and gas industry, Sue joined a team of scientific advisors to the UK Government working on the first offshore wind arrays. Her work included early marine spatial planning, revision of maritime legislation, project development and advisory roles to UK Ministers on the first wave and tidal energy projects in UK waters. With 14 years’ experience of developing both the offshore wind energy and wet renewables industries, Sue has led on project development, policy, lobbying and the emergence of a marine renewables industry, both in the UK and internationally. A senior executive in OpenHydro and a qualified marine scientist, Sue represents OpenHydro externally, working with customers and regulators on managing project development. She plays a key role in driving renewable industry policy in the marine area, in the UK and internationally. A director of the largest tidal energy project in the UK, Sue also contributes to several national and international working groups on marine renewable energy policy, site selection, project development, and regulatory control of marine renewable projects.



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Sonia McCorquodale Cruise, commercial managing director, Welsh Water

Sonia is commercial managing director at Welsh Water and managing director of Welsh Water Infrastructure, an asset investment company and Cambrian Utilities, a business retail company. She is responsible for the groups’ renewable energy portfolio, business retail proposition in the competitive market and developing new commercial proposition for the business in water, waste and energy.

Sonia has worked in the energy sector for 20 years in the UK and internationally. She has extensive experience in commercial negotiations, commodity trading, risk management and origination across multiple sectors including physical commodities, power and renewable energy.

She has project managed large teams and led on a range of large scale infrastructure projects divestments, acquisitions, debt finance transactions across biomass, biofuels, waste, AD and solar.
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Louise Wilson, co-founder and director, Abundance

Louise Wilson is a co-founder and joint MD of Abundance, which provides long-term debt capital to infrastructure projects and regular capital and income to investors. With a current focus on renewables, both heat and energy, and on efficiency, Abundance lets individuals, both local and national, invest directly in specific projects of their choice from as little as £5. Abundance has launched fund-raisings for 12 projects for a total of £11.5m.


Tanya

Tanya Davies, head of development, Innogy Renewables (UK) Ltd

Tanya leads a team developing wind projects throughout the UK. Tanya is a Chartered Town Planner with nearly 20 year’s experience who started her career in minerals and waste planning and moved into the wind industry in 2003. Since then she has primarily worked in Development, initially developing her own projects and then managing the Welsh and now UK teams. Under her leadership, the innogy team were the first to submit and consent onshore wind farms through the NSIP process and the only utility to successfully win CfD’s in the first auction.

Tanya is passionate about maximising the opportunities for local businesses during wind farm construction and operation and is also keen to see more women in senior roles within the industry. She has a son and lives in South Wales, where she is often found on the beach walking her dog.

Find out more here.

Lead by: Rachel Hayes

Contact: rhayes@regensw.co.uk

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Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Hannah Stanley
Hannah Stanley
Events executive
Hannah is part of Regen’s events, membership and communication team to help keep our…

Regen has set up a pilot mentoring programme to support women in the clean energy industry to progress their careers.

Mentoring is when an individual offers to guide, help and provide direction to someone with their career or professional development. Having a mentor can help to stimulate motivation, improve performance and support the career progression decisions of mentees. They can provide a mentee with a fresh
perspective, the benefit of experience and a renewed sense of potential.

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Dr Natalie Lowery, Modelling Analyst,  Energy Systems Catapult

“Thank you again for including me in the scheme.  My mentor has helped me to implement a number of practical changes, from improving my LinkedIn profile to becoming a STEM ambassador.  These steps are already helping me to get noticed more and building my confidence and knowledge. From my perspective mentoring has already benefitted me greatly.”

To learn more about the programme and to apply to be either a mentor or a mentee, download our EWIRE Mentoring Guide.  The programme lasts for 12 months and should consist of a minimum of six sessions.

To date, we have matched 15 mentees with mentors.  Feedback from participants is overwhelmingly positive.

If you are interested in signing up as a mentor or mentee please get in touch.

Led by: Rachel Hayes

Contact: rhayes@regen.co.uk

People on this project

Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Hannah Stanley
Hannah Stanley
Events executive
Hannah is part of Regen’s events, membership and communication team to help keep our…

Be inspired by industry leaders, join a vibrant and talented community, achieve business and professional success

Join 500+ clean energy leaders and professionals as part of the UK’s vibrant network for women in clean energy – hear from the best speakers in the industry, enhance your entire skills portfolio and celebrate gender diversity in one the world’s fastest growing industry’s.

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As the only female chief executive in the UK energy sector, Juliet Davenport, founder and chief executive officer, Good Energy

“I hope that sharing my own experience will inspire other women to follow their passion, take entrepreneurial initiative, and do what they love.”

Entrepreneurial Women in Renewable Energy (EWiRE) enables people and organisations to connect, learn and take action on gender diversity and inclusion.

Through inspirational keynotes, blogs, panel discussions on business strategy and models, technology growth, and career development workshops, this network, and its events provide all the content and networking opportunities needed to flourish in the clean energy sector.

We work to:

  • Increase the visibility and profile of women working in the clean energy sector.
  • Increase the representation of women on boards and in senior management positions across the sector, with a focus on SMEs.
  • Promote the attractiveness of working in the sector to boost the pipeline of female talent.

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Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry said:

 “Since becoming Energy and Clean Growth Minister, I’ve had the pleasure to meet some incredible women who are powering the energy sector, from engineers to project managers. What’s exciting about the transition into clean growth is the range of opportunities available for female talent to not only keep the UK powered but develop new innovations. Diversity is a key focus of our modern Industrial Strategy and we’re investing an additional £406 million in maths, digital, and technical education which will help women flourish in our growing green economy.”

 

Why get involved?

Be inspired and energised

  • Industry pioneers share their experiences of championing women, the importance of female role models and how to accelerate your career.

Meet like-minded people

  • Join a lively and friendly community of people working in the sector with fantastic networking opportunities.

Achieve long-term business success

  • Topics covered will include how to attract and retain top talent, the transformation of the energy sector, how to build successful teams and changing company culture.

Build diverse and inclusive organisations

  • Learn how industry leaders approach strategies for addressing the gender gap, measure the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion policies, and push it to the forefront of the business’ agendas.

Get technical

  • Get the lowdown on how different aspects of business will be impacted by emerging business models, technology and the latest trends.

Maximise your potential

  • Learn how to build confidence, boost your external profile and market yourself.

 

To sign up to the network please email Rachel Hayes, head of networks and development, Regen rhayes@regen.co.uk.

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Kerry Hayes
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Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Hannah Stanley
Hannah Stanley
Events executive
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