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April Update

Discover TIDE’s undercurrent, bringing you the current happenings in the EDI world.

In this issue:

Submit an EDI case study to TIDE

At TIDE, we’re on a mission to curate and share good practice examples from across the industry to help companies create more inclusive and diverse workplaces. Whether you have a small but effective change or a large-scale project, we want to hear from you! Your insight could be the key for other companies looking to make a difference.

Interested in sharing your success story? We’re looking for case studies on topics such as attraction, recruitment strategies, progression and retention, data and developing and engaging with networks.

If you have something valuable to contribute outside of these areas or from a different sector, we’d still love to hear from you!

You can submit your entry now, it shouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes to submit. We don’t need all the details at this stage, just a high-level overview of the great work you or your company is doing, to share with others.

We’re hoping to build up a useful library on TIDEs EDI hub, in association with Energy UK, Ofgem, Energy Networks Association (ENA) and Energy Institute. Case studies will be promoted on the hub and to other stakeholders in industry, and hopefully help other companies learn and improve. 

If you have any questions please reach out to

Industry Updates:

Energising Equity: Co-developing a framework for the inclusion of neurodivergent energy researchers.

Call for focus group members!

This research from the University of the West of England and the University of Bath, funded by IGNITE Network+, aims to understand the possible challenges neurodivergent researchers in energy face in their careers and how to overcome them.

If you work in the energy sector and you are:

  • A neurodivergent researcher or line manager in the energy sector (autistic, dyslexic, dyspraxic, have ADHD, or another form of neurodiversity)
  • A line manager of neurodivergent researchers in the energy sector
  • A HR professional in the energy sector (Higher Education or industry)

and you’d like to share your experience and insights in a focus group, then please get in touch! 

Register your interest using this short online form.

New network: Energyz Black launches

Exciting news for all black professionals in UK Energy and sustainability!

Energyz Black is amazingly vibrant community that celebrates diversity, fosters inclusion, and propels innovation in the energy sector.

Through empowerment, collaboration, and a commitment to excellence, Energyz Black are shaping a future where the energy sector reflects the richness of our global community.

Get Hired is set up to provide market insights, prepare and match black talents with job opportunities in the energy sector.

Collab-Quest is set up to foster collaboration and drive engagements amongst black professionals through conferences, bespoke events, focused group sessions and mentorship.

Swift is set up to help  professionals gain insight, knowledge and direction to start, thrive and build required social capital to thrive in the energy Industry.

Find out more and sign up to join the Energyz Black community.

Industry and Regulators Committee: Skills inquiry call for evidence

The Industry and Regulators Committee in the House of Lords has recently launched a new inquiry, ‘Skills for the future: apprenticeships and training’.

This inquiry will focus on the role of apprenticeships and in-work training for delivering the skills the UK economy needs for the future.

It will examine whether the UK’s current systems and policies for apprenticeships and in-work training are working and, if not, how they should be reformed.

In doing so, it will consider the responsibilities of government, employers, training providers, and individuals, and the incentives facing these groups.

The Committee encourages anyone with expertise or experience to submit written evidence by Thursday 30 May 2023.

You can find instructions for submitting evidence and the full list of questions on the UK Parliament website.

Upcoming Events/Training:

Free livestream event: Belonging in the Workplace

Enact Solutions have developed a brand-new framework that focuses on what may hinder or enhance a sense of belonging at work.

This online showcase will demonstrate extracts from its interactive belonging series covering themes including:

  • Creating an open and effective culture with psychological safety.
  • Building stronger teams by understanding neurodivergence.
  • Driving innovation by working with opposing opinions.
  • How to keep going and prevent burnout by embracing well-being

Through a highly interactive experience, delegates consider how they can take responsibility for creating a culture of belonging in their workplace.

This event will run from 1:15pm – 2.30pm BST on 16th May 2024 on MS Teams. Places are limited to 26 per session and two per organisation.

To book your place please follow this link to the Eventbrite page.

In-person event: Women In Transition

14th May | 5pm – 8.30pm | The Other House, 15-17 Harrington Gardens, South Kensington, London SW7 4JJ

Join Lean in – Equity and Sustainability for this inaugural in-person event on Tuesday, 14 May

to discuss how to empower women to navigate personal and professional transitions effectively and advance in their careers.

Speakers include:

  • Ozlem Ahiska-Weber – Business Psychologist, Career Transition Coach, Colour/Style Consultant
  • Reena Dayal – Applied Neuroscience and Leadership Acceleration Specialist

They will explore the context and diversity of transition points women face and how to manage them through the lens of applied neuroscience, the use of colours/five elements and our sensory capabilities. Offering new insights on how to lead self, others and the system to redefine culture. 

Book online to secure your place.

Hybrid event: POWERful Women’s State of the Nation 2024

Launch of Annual Statistics on female representation at the top of the UK energy sector

22nd May (10am – 2pm) | Hybrid event – London / Aberdeen / online

During POWERful Women’s 10th anniversary it has joined forces with Bain and Company, to benchmark the 80 largest UK energy employers on their gender diversity. Publishing its 2024 statistics on the number of women in board, leadership and middle management positions in the UK energy sector.

The report launch will take place in London and will be livestreamed online and at a special networking event in Aberdeen with the Scottish Energy Forum.

The event will be looking at the progress that’s been made over the last 10 years and how much further we have to go towards our ’40% by 2030’ target and a gender-balanced industry.

Find further information on ‘POWERful Women’s State of the Nation’ event and register online

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) in energy Conference 2024

We are delighted to announce that Energy UK, Energy Institute (EI), Energy Networks Association (ENA) and Ofgem are hosting the industry’s flagship Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Conference on 11 June 2024 at the QEII Conference Centre, London.

Sponsored by Murray McIntosh, will bring together leading professionals from across the energy industry to provide a platform in which everyone is welcome to share knowledge, experiences, and good practice to drive lasting change in the sector and beyond. 

Register online to secure your space.

EDI Top Tip: 

The use of pronouns in email signatures

The use of pronouns in email signatures, online meetings/webinars and social media profiles has become more prominent in recent years and is a crucial topic in professional culture.

This practice aims to make it normal and comfortable for gender-expansive employees to share the terms they go by.

Inclusive Employers share advice and guidance on using pronouns, how to build this inclusive practice and where to place pronouns in email signatures.

Further information and guidance on ‘The use of pronouns in email signatures’.