A new initiative has been launched to increase the number of women in leadership roles across the UK's energy industry.

The Energy Leaders' Coalition is made up of eight leading CEOs who have made a pledge to improve gender diversity in their companies and in the sector as a whole.

Welcoming the initiative, UK Business Secretary Greg Clark said: "If companies fail to have diversity at the top of their business they are missing out on the full talent available to them.

"While some energy companies have made progress to improve diversity in the boardroom, we need all companies in this sector to step up. Foresighted initiatives like this new coalition will break down barriers and help ensure that women are not held back and are given equal opportunities in the workplace."

The new Coalition, announced by the Secretary of State at the House of Lords has been launched in response to new statistics which show slow progress has been made by the UK's top 80 energy companies over the past 12 months in meeting targets to improve gender diversity:

Women still occupy only 13% of board seats (up from 11% in 2017) and only 6% of executive board seats (the same as 2017). Half of the companies have no women on their boards at all (up from 46%)

Progress ‘too slow’

Ruth Cairnie, chair of POWERful Women, said: "Our latest statistics show that, while some progress has been made in getting women into senior positions, it is moving far too slowly. We are missing out on a wealth of female talent.

The Energy Leaders' Coalition shows what good leadership looks like and we hope will inspire others in the sector to take convincing action."

The Coalition includes Keith Anderson, Chief Executive, ScottishPower; Juliet Davenport OBE, Chief Executive, Good Energy; John Pettigrew, Chief Executive, National Grid; Alistair Philips-Davies, Chief Executive, SSE; Simone Rossi, Chief Executive, EDF Energy; Matthew Wright, Managing Director, Ørsted UK; Paul Cowling, Managing Director, innogy Renewables UK and Sinead Lynch, UK Country Chair, Shell.

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