One more event stand out from CIGRE WNUK Steering Committee with an innovative agenda that combined high level talks on Energy Digitalisation and offered a professional workshop on How to Build Resilience.
CIGRE WNUK supports and actively promotes diversity and believes that communication is key for positive and progressive outcome in any organisation, team and business at national and international levels. The Steering Committee believes that one of the best practices to learn and improve communication gaps is to keep working on your network. Hence, CIGRE WNUK keeps working on developing strategies and organising networking events for career development and support to our members.
The event was kindly hosted by Accenture on the 6th of November 2018 in London. Around 50 delegates attended the event. The delegates represented a diversity of age and gender, and widespread backgrounds such as utility services, consultancy, professional institution and academia.
The event was opened by Dr Biljana Stojkovska, Innovation Manager at National Grid ESO and Chair of the CIGRE WNUK, and Adam Nicholas, Managing Director at Accenture. The opening was followed by the keynote speaker Heather McCusker, CEO of CHiME IT Software, who gave an inspirational talk about her career journey and highlighted the ways she embraced to overcome the challenges she has been facing in her career.
The Energy Digitalisation panel aimed at providing delegates the opportunity to discover what lies ahead in the changing energy landscape in energy digitalisation and what new trends are coming our way. It was evident from the discussion that energy sector is undergoing a “chaotic revolution” where diversity of thoughts and views will play crucial role. Four panellists presented well oriented subjects on the topic:
Rob Hopkin, Managing Director at Accenture, described ‘’What is Energy Digitalisation, impact on energy system and consumers’’
Mark Borrett, CEO of Reactive Technologies, gave an ‘’Insight related to and ongoing project on Energy Digitalisation”
Linda Chandler, Smart Cities Advisor – Energy System Catapult, outlined ‘’What lies ahead and career opportunities in transition to Energy Digitalisation’’
Claire Spedding, Head of Business Development at National Grid ESO, talked about the ‘’Place of woman in Energy Digitalisation transition’’
An interactive questions and answers session and networking lunch closed the first part of the event.
The second part of the event was an interactive three-hour workshop for a growth of personal resilience. The workshop focused on strategies for building the resilience to evolve wellness, growth and performance in day to day life. The combination of role playing, engaging videos and a case study helped the delegates to develop personal tactics and use mindfulness to re-set resilience. The main topics of the workshop were aimed to:
Explore the relationship between pressure, stress, performance and resilience
Gain an overview of the four cornerstones of resilience
Look at the importance of personal values for resilience
Explore strategies to develop their bounce back mind set
Create a personal action plan for improved resilience
CIGRE WNUK is open to new ideas and approaches that can support females in the energy sector, upskilling its members and promote diversity.