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TIDE Taskforce

Tackling Inclusion and Diversity in Energy (TIDE) Taskforce 

TIDE Taskforce is an industry-wide initiative to improve inclusion and diversity across the energy sector. Its aim will be to combine cross-sector EDI insights and evidence to inform robust outcomes, building on experience and expertise to share best practice and support industry-wide changes. 

The taskforce will: 

  • Work in partnership with industry to develop an implementation plan and associated drumbeat of communications to drive incremental, visible change across the sector. This will include agreed tangible outputs and deadlines. 
  • Run initially for 18 months from September based on a set of smart objectives that will allow critical analysis of the group’s success and inform its future delivery. 
  • Ensure that any learnings and best practice gathered are banked from the first year and used to influence longer-term initiatives, reporting and support organisations with their own EDI activity. 
  • Assign roles to liaise with other EDI groups across industry, Government and the supply chain to maximise output.  

TIDE was launched with ten initial members at the industry’s annual EDI conference in June this year, where delegates were also asked to provide feedback on the group’s suggested priorities.

Now the feedback has been reviewed, three initial priority areas have been agreed and the taskforce is opening the group for up to ten further organisations to join. It is hoped that this phased approach will enable the group to engage with people who can bring skills to support delivery against the priorities and provide opportunities for people who may not already have visibility within industry, but have valuable experience and ideas.

The initial priority areas will focus on:

  • Insight gathering and benchmarking
  • Sharing practical tools for best practice
  • Engaging with leaders to drive change

Applications are now open for nominations for a further 10 places, and will close on 26 August. Candidates will be asked to submit a short testimonial including how their skills will help to achieve the taskforce’s priorities, and how they think they can bring different perspectives to the group.

It is hoped that this phased approach will allow for skills to be matched to taskforce priorities and uncover people who may not already have visibility within industry, but have valuable experience and ideas.  

Taskforce initial members: 

Celia Anderson (Chair)

Gender Champion for the offshore wind industry and co-chair for the OWIC Diversity Working Group

Until recently Celia was the director leading the People and Skills delivery of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal which included driving forward the changes in the industry to improve diversity and inclusion.  She is moving to lead offshore wind skills strategy in RWE, one of the largest developers in UK and globally. She will also be the Gender Champion for the offshore wind industry and co-chair for the OWIC Diversity Working Group. 

Josh Atkins

Head of Communications ENA, and chair and founder of PRIDE in Energy

Josh has chaired Pride in Energy since founding it in 2017 and now, in conjunction with the network’s committee, delivers the annual survey, industry support and an events programme. Josh is also the Head of Communications for ENA, responsible for all media, digital and public affairs activity including their Next for Net Zero programme. Since joining the ENA in 2020, Josh has also been supporting the association’s work on skills and DEI. 

Lesley Babb

Head of EDI, Ofgem

Lesley joined the Civil Service in 2000 and has spent her career in variety of HR and Corporate Service roles within the Intellectual Property Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (now BEIS). She is a Fellow of the CIPD. Lesley joined Ofgem in March as Head of Diversity and Inclusion in Ofgem. Her previous role was Head of HR Pay, Reward, Diversity and Inclusion team in Intellectual Property Office (IPO) where she led on the development and implementation of their Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. This was focussed on creating an inclusive workplace culture within IPO that enables people to ‘Bring their whole selves to work’. She is a Stonewall LGBT+ workplace ally and is a champion for mental health awareness and is Board Trustee for the charity Keep Wales Tidy. 

Dr Elizabeth Blakelock

Principal Policy Manager, Citizens Advice

Dr Elizabeth Blakelock (she, her) is a disabled single mum living in rural Suffolk. She works with governments, regulators, and firms to design essential service markets that are inclusive by design. Elizabeth describes her mission as transforming essential services for everyone through incorporating compassion into decision making. In practice this means delivering insight into the real time impact markets on people’s lives to decision makers, particularly those experiencing significant harm. 

Elizabeth leads a team at the charity Citizens Advice, who have funding to champion people’s rights in energy markets in Great Britain. Before joining Citizens Advice, she had corporate and academic roles. In 2020 she finished her Ph.D. on how powerful ideas influence the rules of the energy market to undermine processes that were supposed to ensure inclusive policy making. 

Caroline Gundu

Senior Consultant CGI and Chair of YEP Forum

Caroline Gundu is a Senior Business Consultant at CGI. She joined CGI in 2018 as an Energy and Utilities Subject Matter Expert consultant with energy code governance and electricity settlements background and has been working on business transformation programmes for energy businesses and central markets. Caroline is the Chair for the Young Energy Professionals (YEP) Forum which is an industry forum for young energy professionals, representing over 300 companies with over 2000 members. The forum seeks to promote the next generation of energy industry professionals, provide opportunities to collaborate, develop and recognise successes. Caroline also chairs  the CGI UK Women’s Network. The network seeks to promote gender diversity in CGI and assist women to build fulfilling careers. Outside her career life, Caroline is an African food content creator, cookbook author and recipe developer.

 

Amelia Heatly

Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Electralink 

With over 8 years of experience in the energy industry and over 15 years working within a variety of communications, engagement and marketing roles, Amelia is currently Diversity and Engagement Director at ElectraLink. Her current remit includes responsibility for the Marketing and Engagement function but has also been expanded to take responsibility for their people strategy, including HR. 

This move was driven by a recognition of the link between an organisation’s external reputation and its internal ethos and people. It also reflected Amelia’s personal passion for improving organisational culture and ensuring organisations are well set up to celebrate and recognise the value of diversity, while creating an inclusive environment where diversity can thrive. 

Amelia’s focus in recent years has been the energy market transition and the increasing role of engagement as the industry opens itself up to disrupters from outside of the traditional energy sector ecosystem. Amelia is passionate about exploring ways in which organisations such as ElectraLink can open itself up to this broader spectrum of stakeholders, can play its part in the democratisation of energy data and support the evolution of energy market regulation. 

Prior to ElectraLink, Amelia has held various roles within Ofgem and, more recently, within one of GB’s Distribution Network Operators, UK Power Networks. Before working in energy, Amelia has held various communication and engagement roles within the healthcare and charity sectors. 

Jonathan Lydiard Wilson

Senior Independent Advisor, JLW Innovations

Jonathan is a senior independent advisor helping organisations delivery solutions and new business models within the ESG / Impact area focused on Alternative Protein (Plant Based Alternatives, Cell Based Meats), the Blue Economy and the Energy Transition across strategy, innovation, operating models to the raising of capital. He is an entrepreneur (with a track record from ideation, growth to generating strategic value) and has been a Consultant (previously a Partner at Accenture) with experience within the private and public sector. Jonathan is passionate about originating new business models and the creation of diverse and inclusive teams that deliver on competitive advantage. 

 

Juliette Sanders

Director of Communications and EDI lead, Energy UK

Juliette (she/her) is Director of Strategic Communications and also leads on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Energy UK. Prior to this she held a variety of roles across low carbon generation at Equinor, Orsted and, EDF Energy - where she was part of the initial team that set up Women in Nuclear. Juliette holds a Masters in Engineering from Cambridge University, and throughout her career has worked with various media, and organisations such as Stemettes, POWERful Women and the Women’s Engineering Society to encourage more women into engineering and energy. She is also an honorary lecturer at the University of East Anglia.

Georgina Worrall

Project Manager, Powerful Women

Georgina Worrall is the Project Manager of POWERful Women, having joined the initiative in November 2021.  Georgina oversees the running of the initiative and works closely with the POWERful Women Board, Energy Leaders Coalition and Energy Leaders Coalition D&I Leads to drive forward the initiatives’ aims and objectives. 

POWERful Women is working for greater representation of women at the top of the UK’s energy industry. We campaign and report, support women to advance their careers and provide practical support to companies on their journey to better diversity and inclusion. Visit www.powerfulwomen.org.uk for more information.

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