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Programme

Tuesday 11 June 2024

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09.00 – 09.30

Registration and coffee 

09.30 – 09.35

Compère’s welcome address

Sandisiwe Dhlamini, ED&I lead, The Pensions Regulator and Co-Chair of TIDE


09.35 – 09.40

Sponsor’s Keynote Speech / Welcome Address

Lauren Maddocks, Associate Director, Policy, Public Affairs and Comms, Policy by Murray


09.40- 09.50

Keynote Speech

Amanda Solloway MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Affordability and Skills) and Junior Lord of the Treasury (Government Whip)


09.50 – 10.20

Measuring Momentum – Unveiling the latest insights from the energy sector

Louise Parry, Director of People & Organisational Development, Energy & Utility Skills

Louise will present results from two data collection initiatives across the sector. TIDE’s Health Index launched in 2024, and is a tool for organisations within the energy sector to benchmark their EDI progress against others. The aggregated results will also give an indication of where further support is needed as a sector. Louise will also reveal the energy sector results from the Inclusion Measurement Framework, a tool developed by Energy & Utility Skills and the Equal Group which measures demographics and characteristics of the workforce.

10.20 – 10.50

Coffee and networking break

10.50 – 11.00

Personal Perspective

Mavis Anagboso, Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Harbour Energy


11.00 – 12.15

Panel Discussion: Challenging senior leaders: 

Panellists include:

  • Baroness Sandy Verma (Chair) 
  • Jonathan Brearley, Chief Executive Officer, Ofgem 
  • Emma Pinchbeck, Chief Executive Officer, Energy UK  
  • Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive Officer, ENA 
  • Nick Wayth, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Institute
12.15 – 13.00

Lunch and networking break

13.00 – 13.10

Personal perspective


13.10 – 14.10

Panel Discussion: Measuring impact – challenges and solutions to data collection  

In a world where the bottom line counts, measuring the impact of EDI initiatives is essential. However EDI initiatives take time, and collecting personal data can be challenging. This panel will discuss how their organisations and networks have overcome barriers to workforce data collection, different data collection points from recruitment through to employment and what and how to measure.

Panellists include:

  • Barry Panayi, Non-Executive Director, GEMA (Chair) 
  • Damian Dowling, BD (UK) Manager – Energy Flexibility, Enel X / Pride in Energy  
  • Jane Francis, Head of Equity Diversity and Inclusion, EDF Energy
  • Raj Ghai, Head of Resourcing and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, SGN  
  • Sharna Matson Knight, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Partner, Cadent
14.10 – 14.30

Coffee and networking break

14.30 – 14.40

Personal perspective


14.40 – 15.40

Practical Tips and good practice: 5 things you can kickstart tomorrow to…

Speakers:

  • Ensure inclusive interviews: Lauren Maddocks, Associate Director, Policy, Public Affairs and Comms, Policy by Murray  
  • Build an inclusive culture: Amelia Heatley, Director of Diversity and Engagement, Electralink
  • Be an inclusivity champion: Mark Freed, Co-founder, Men for Inclusion 
  • Support neurodiverse employees: Louis Taylor, Consulting Business Psychologist, Lexxic 
  • Make your communications accessible: Elisabeth Ward, Lead Accessibility Specialist, Scope

15.40 – 15.50

Personal perspective

15.50 – 16.00

Closing Remarks

Yumann Siddiq, Policy Manager, Smart DCC (Young Energy Professionals Forum Chair)

Energy UK’s Young Energy Professionals Forum is a network for students and people working in energy with up to 10 years’ experience. It has over 2,000 members representing over 350 organisations.


16.00 – 17.00

Networking Reception