New awards will celebrate success of women in utilities

Utility Week and Womens Utilities Network (WUN) have announced the launch of the Women in Utilities Awards, celebrating the achievements of women in utilities and the organisations and individuals that support them.

Utility Week portfolio director Ellen Bennett said: “With the gender gap still painfully evident in the boardrooms, offices and sites of utilities, there has never been a more important time to recognise and celebrate the many achievements of women who have made their career in utilities – not least to encourage new entrants and women in the early days of their careers.

“We’re delighted to join forces with WUN, who have proven themselves an invaluable resource for many women in the industry. These awards provide a unique opportunity for the industry to show its commitment to gender diversity; celebrate the great women working in utilities today; and open the door for those who will come after them.”

Louise Wapshare, board member of WUN, said: “WUN is a community of women in utilities who connect, support, develop and encourage one another. Through the Women in Utilities Awards, in association with Utility Week, we want to showcase the achievements of women at all stages of their careers in utilities, as well as celebrating the individuals and organisations who provide support, development and opportunity.

“Whilst much has already been done to encourage diversity and equity in the utilities sector, we believe there is a long way to go! These awards will showcase and promote great practice so that we can keep building a sector where women stay and thrive.”

Categories at the Women in Utilities Awards include:

  • Women’s network of the year
  • Allyship award
  • Best EDI Initiative
  • Education outreach
  • Mentor of the year
  • Returning star
  • Rising star
  • Best employer for women
  • High Vis
  • Women of the Year 2024

Entries are now open and close 14 March 2024.  Submit your entry or nomination here.

The award winners will be announced at a lunch and networking ceremony at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London on 27 June 2024.