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January 2024 Update

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

Industry News  

In this issue:

*NEW* TIDE Chair Opportunity

Increasing gender representation in energy – report from Newsom Consulting

Scope Utilities Innovation Challenge

Women in Utilities Awards 2024

Free webinar: Crafting the world of tomorrow with today’s diverse talent

EDI Top Tip

*NEW* TIDE Chair Opportunity  – share with your network 

  • Are you passionate about driving EDI improvements and want to work with a committed, dynamic, and diverse group of individuals?  
  • Do you want to be at the forefront of influencing meaningful change for the energy sector, making it an industry that is truly inclusive and equitable? 
  • Would you describe yourself as an effective strategist with an ability to bring out the best from the teams you work with? 

If so, could you be the new Chair of TIDE? 

We are looking for a new Chairperson to lead the TIDE initiative from March 2024, for a two-year period and we welcome applications from all backgrounds. You can find the role profile and other information here – the application closing date is Friday 9th February

If you have any questions or queries, please reach out to  

Increasing gender representation in energy 

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Executive recruitment firm, Newsom Consulting has published its 2023 Gender Diversity report. In 2023, the percentage of companies where women made up a third of executive teams rose to 37%, showing the steady progress transport and infrastructure companies are making to improve diversity and inclusion. 

Read the report in full on the Newsom Consulting website. 

Upcoming Events/Training (Calendar)   

Scope Utilities Innovation Challenge  

25th January 2024 | 9:20am – 6:00pm | Ohana floor, Salesforce Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2

Scope are bringing the utilities sector, industry experts and disabled people together for a free 1 day, in-person innovation challenge.  

Scope will be updating the sector on its latest utilities research. You’ll learn about real and varied disabled experiences throughout the day and join forces in a facilitated hackathon to find unique solutions together. 

Find out more and register your place: Utilities innovation challenge – Scope for business 

Women in Utilities Awards 2024 


27th June 2024 | Grand Connaught Rooms, London 

The inaugural Women in Utilities Awards is launching in June to shine a spotlight on the remarkable achievements of women in the utilities sector and the individuals and organisations that champion them.  

Join and find out more about the inaugural Women in Utilities Awards. 

Free webinar: Crafting the world of tomorrow with today’s diverse talent 

31st January 2024 | 11:00am – 12:00pm | Online 

The Women in Utilities Awards is running a supporting webinar as part of its launch, on the topic of “Crafting the world of tomorrow with today’s diverse talent”. Hear from 3 experts as they discuss: 

  • How to leverage diversity and inclusion to accelerate industry 
  • How to create inclusive workplaces and harness diverse talent 
  • How to nurture a diverse workforce and maximise productivity 

Following the 30-minute panel discussion, take part in a practical masterclass where you will gain skills and advice on how to make your voice heard. Discover daily tricks that will help you be more assertive and confident to deliver ideas and express opinions on matters important to you, to influence decision making and contribute to long lasting change. 


  • Juliette Sanders, director of strategic communications, Energy UK 
  • Susan Steggles-Cole, major projects director, National Grid 
  • Angela MacOscar, head of innovation, Northumbrian Water 

Find out more and register your place: Webinar – Crafting the world of tomorrow with today’s diverse talent.  

EDI Top Tip

Can LinkedIn support your allyship?  

In a world increasingly interconnected through platforms like LinkedIn, the opportunity to be a genuine ally has never been more accessible. 

Dr Elizabeth Blakelock shares advice on how to embrace LinkedIn to build bridges, share knowledge, and drive genuine change in your industry and beyond. 

Find out more and see the full article.