Women Leading from the Front

16 August by Miriam Heale


How inspiring was the Olympics 2016, and have you noticed how many women were on the screen? 

We seem to be in a golden age of women at the moment, from the Olympics; anchored by Clare Balding, with presenters Gabby Logan, Hazel Irvine, Jill Douglas, Helen Skelton and of course poolside with Sharron Davies.   

To the sports women themselves; Laura Trott, Becky James, Heather Stanning, Helen Glover, Jazz Carlin, Jessica Ennis-Hill and that's just the Brits!    

We’re also seeing more women in positions of power in politics; Theresa May, Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton, poised to become the first woman president of the United States (if she’s not ‘Trumped’ on the way!). 

I'd love to say this about our own industry too, but we still seem to mirror the traditional bias towards men across the technical sustainability industries (engineering, energy and environmental management, health and safety).   

Our 2016 Sustainability, Energy and Environmental Careers and Salary Survey, found that the gender pay gap is narrowing, but still women are paid £8.3k less on average than their male peers. 

This will hopefully fade over time as bright new talent makes its way through the universities to the workplace and we welcome more women into traditionally male dominated disciplines. 

In the meantime, here are some inspiring interviews with leading women across the sustainability sector; Christèle Delbé Head Of Sustainability for Enterprise at Vodafone Group;  Madeline Young, Manager of Corporate Integrity & Compliance At Ernst & Young; Christine Diamente, Head Of Brand And Corporate Sustainability At Alcatel-Lucent.

You really can 'look around and there's a woman right next to you!'