A new report names the top women in the windpower industry.
The Women’s Power List is compiled by wind industry intelligence service A Word About Wind and profiles the top 100 female dealmakers and power-brokers shaping the wind industry.
“This new power list highlights the important role women are now playing in the wind industry,” said Emma Pinchbeck, executive director of British trade group RenewableUK.
“The UK is one of the leading performers in the rankings, which is an encouraging sign that our sector is becoming more inclusive. We need to ensure that women across the country see wind energy as an open and attractive industry to work in. This means promoting renewable skills and opportunities to a new generation of women entering the workforce.”
The top five includes Carol Gould, Head of Power & Renewables (EMEA) at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, chief operating officer for E.ON Climate & Renewables, Isabelle Kocher, Engie chief executive, Beatrice Buffon, deputy chief executive of EDF Energies Nouvelles, and Anne McEntee, vice-president of Renewable Energy Services at GE Renewable Energy.
The report stresses that across technology and finance industries as a whole, women remain significantly under-represented at senior management and board level, and the wind sector is no different.
It cites two primary reasons for this: firstly, the wind industry draws heavily on engineering and finance graduates – both of which are male-dominated subjects. And secondly, company policies within the sector, as in others, firms can struggle to retain women after they become parents.
“Issues surrounding gender equality have wider repercussions for the wind industry as a whole,” said Richard Heap, Editor at A Word About Wind. “If businesses within the wind industry are struggling to recruit from half the population, or unable to retain talented female employees, then that’s a serious problem.
“With the Women’s Power List we’ve aimed to highlight and discuss the underlying issues affecting women in our industry, as well as celebrate the achievements and exciting careers of some of the leading female investors, developers and engineers in the field.”
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