The Informer

Campaign group Powerful Women has criticised energy companies for “disappointingly slow” progress in appointing more women to their boards of directors.

Women now occupy 16% of board seats, having crept up from 13% last year, but the number of women holding executive roles on boards has stalled at 6%.

Ruth Cairnie, Chair of Powerful Women, said: “It is clear that we still have a very long way to go to truly tap into the pool of female talent available in the energy sector so that it is fit to meet the challenges and opportunities of the energy transformation.

“The 2019 statistics show that progress is disappointingly slow and has even gone backwards when we look at progress towards targets.”

‘Pockets of success’

The Energy Leaders’ Coalition – which was formed by the heads of eight of the UK’s biggest energy companies – last year committed to tackling the gender imbalance in their businesses and the wider sector.

This year’s survey of 80 UK energy companies revealed “pockets of success” below board level.

Juliet Davenport, Chief Executive and Founder, Good Energy, said: “The latest statistics make that clear and we must work harder across the industry.”

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