‘A modern, diverse energy mix requires a modern, diverse workforce’ says EI President Elect Steve Holliday
The ‘fundamental link’ between tackling climate change and ensuring women are on a level footing with men in the energy sector was at the heart of the speech made by EI President Elect Steve Holliday FREng FEI to the Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands Branch annual dinner in May.
Addressing the audience of energy professionals from across north-east Scotland, he said: ‘The world of energy is experiencing astonishing change, in technology, but also in the public’s expectations around two mammoth issues facing us – climate change and diversity. I believe these issues are fundamentally linked – a modern, diverse energy mix requires a modern, diverse workforce.’
‘We live in an era of super scrutiny and for us, in our industry, this has to translate into an era of listening and responding. The companies who listen best and respond quickest will survive and those who lead will prosper.’
Steve is the former Chief Executive of National Grid and will take up position as President of the EI in July. He also spoke of the important role the EI plays in ‘listening, changing, and acting as the critical friend of this tremendous industry.’
The dinner also heard from the leader of the Scottish National Party’s Westminster group, Ian Blackford MP, who provided a political context to the evening, and Chrysaor CEO Phil Kirk FEI, who spoke about his company’s inspiring upstream story, now the number one energy operator in the North Sea.