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Creating a more Inclusive and Diverse Energy Sector

LONDON - Energy UK is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its first ever 'Inclusion and Diversity in Energy' conference, in partnership with Accenture, this autumn.

The Conference, which is free to attend, will be held at the QEII Conference Centre on Thursday 19 September, will look at all aspects of inclusion and diversity in energy including disability, social background, ethnicity and race, gender and sexual identity.

The one-day conference will cover issues including the importance of a diverse, sustainable workforce to delivering the future of energy; culture and how to create an inclusive workplace; how data and innovation can help improve diversity; as well as identity and the importance of being able to be your authentic self at work.

Full details of the programme will be released shortly but we are delighted to announce a host of informative and inspiring speakers already confirmed to participate, including:

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Co-founder of the STEMettes

Maureen Costello, Senior Managing Director, Resources Lead, UK & Ireland, Accenture, David Isaac CBE, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Laura Sandys, Challenging Ideas – cofounder of POWERful Women and Chair of the Government’s Data Task Force

Rob Salter-Church Director, Retail Systems Transformation at Ofgem

Sue Ferns, Senior Deputy General Secretary at Prospect

James Taylor, Head of Policy, Campaigns and Public Affairs at Scope

Elizabeth Errington, Citizen’s Advice

Nate Johnston, Head of Organisational Development & Leadership at Imperial College NHS Trust

Elaine Harley, Human Resources Business Partner, SSE Renewables

The Conference is supported by Accenture and SSE Renewables and is free to attend.

Abbie Sampson, Energy UK’s Director of External Affairs and Chair of Energy UK’s Equality and Diversity Forum, said:

“Our sector is undergoing a rapid transition and if we want to seize the exciting opportunity of low carbon, consumer-focused energy future we need the skills, dynamism and innovation that comes from a truly diverse and inclusive talent pool.

“We are passionate about increasing inclusion and diversity in our industry, and I am thrilled we will be hosting our first ever ‘Inclusion and Diversity in Energy’ conference with inspiring and diverse speakers to look at the challenges we face but, importantly, the steps we can all be taking to build a more diverse and inclusive sector. I would like to thank our partner Accenture and sponsor SSE Renewables for helping to make this event possible. “

Maureen Costello, Senior Managing Director, Resources Lead, UK & Ireland, Accenture said: 

“Inclusion and diversity are fundamental to our culture and core values at Accenture. We believe diversity makes us more innovative, more competitive and more creative, which helps us better serve our clients and our communities.

“From developing talent to advancing workplace equality, we are committed to accelerating progress and fostering a culture of equality where everyone can grow and thrive. We are therefore thrilled to partner with Energy UK to support this exciting and important conference on ‘Inclusion and Diversity in Energy’ which will bring together important stakeholders to look at how we can create a more inclusive and diverse future for the energy sector.” 

 Elaine Harley, HR Business Partner for SSE Renewables, said:

“There’s no quick-fix or single solution to creating a more diverse workforce. It requires action and systemic, long-term change to attract, retain and develop the broadest range of talent.

“We are developing a long-term strategy to make changes at every level across our business and to encourage people from all walks of life to consider a career in renewables.  We are a proud sponsor of Energy UK’s ‘Inclusion & Diversity in Energy’ conference and look forward to sharing our journey, and hearing from others, on how we are creating a more diverse energy sector which will be positive not only for our workforce but for business and partners too.”