(James Fisher Marine Services and RenewableUK media release)
Two of James Fisher Marine Services’ (JFMS) leading women have become the latest members of the Switch List, a crowdsourced database of women working in the energy sector, launched by the trade body for wind, wave and tidal energy industries and modern energy systems based on renewable power.
RenewableUK launched the initiative at its Global Offshore Wind 2018 conference in June. It aims to highlight the vast pool of female talent driving change across the entire energy sector and, therefore, make it easier for those organising industry events to identify expert women thought leaders.
Having signed-up this week, JFMS employees Dr Jennie Kevis-Stirling, survey product manager, and Corrine Barry, business development manager, helped Switch reach its latest milestone of 200 members.
Renewable UK Executive Director, Emma Pinchbeck, said: “We’re really pleased that two more extraordinarily talented women have joined the Switch List, taking the total number to 200 in less than two months. But we know that the pool of female talent working in the energy sector is much bigger than that –so we’d encourage more women to sign up.
“Our aim is to ensure that women in both senior and junior roles are given high-profile platforms to speak at industry events. It’s important to give the women of our sector visibility so that they can act as role models for the next generation taking their very first steps on the career ladder. The outdated notion of the all-male panel should be consigned to the past as swiftly as possible, as we modernise by celebrating diversity and championing gifted women.”
Responsible for developing JFMS’ survey services to the renewables industry, Jennie first nurtured her interest in the physical marine environment during her Ph.D. in marine geophysics at the University of Leeds and research and post-doc positions at leading oceanographic institutions in the UK and US. During her career to date, Jennie has worked on offshore surveys around the world and supported major operators and engineering companies to achieve their complex sub-sea and sub-seabed investigation aims.
Asked for her opinion on how initiatives such as Switch are helping to promote diversity in the energy sector, Jennie said: “I’m proud to support the Switch List which I believe has the potential to start to rebalance gender disparity at industry events and promote talented women at all stages of their careers.”
Alongside her role for JFMS, Corrine is director on the board of the Grimsby Renewables Partnership –a group focused on attracting investment and providing new opportunities across the offshore wind supply chain for local businesses to grow. She also volunteers as an enterprise advisor for North East Lincolnshire Council, working with schools and colleges, encouraging young people, especially women, to consider career opportunities in the engineering industry.
On why the initiative is so important to the industry, Corrine said: “It’s essential that we do everything we can to empower women to showcase their talent and voice in what is known to still be a very male-dominated industry. Switch is blazing a trail for young women to enter an industry that is at the vanguard of change. I believe diversity is the key to continued growth and development; without it, the industry will not reach its full potential.”
RenewableUK will be profiling Switch members across its social channels to highlight the excellence and expertise of the women helping to shape an exciting and thriving global industry.
For more information, to sign up or even recommend a colleague for the Switch List, please visit: www.renewableuk.com/page/Switch
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James Fisher Marine Services was formed in 2008 to provide a single contractual interface to the specialist marine and subsea services provided by the companies within the James Fisher group. JFMS specialises in project management, engineering and consultancy services for the marine renewable energy industry. With its experienced team of analysts, engineers, naval architects and master mariners we have built a successful track record supporting multiple high profile projects in offshore wind, wave and tidal energy. In addition to this, JFMS actively develops a range of products geared towards reducing the inherent risks and costs of working offshore.
James Fisher and Sons plc is a leading service provider in all sectors of the marine industry and a specialist supplier of engineering services to the nuclear industry in the UK and abroad. With offices in the Europe, the Middle East, Singapore, Australia and Africa, the company serves both the private and public sectors and adopts a practical approach to the management of assets and provision of high quality services, ensuring an appropriate use of technology and a sound understanding of each customer’s requirements, while building on the experience and expertise gained over more than 165 years of operating in the marine environment. James Fisher brings practical experience, innovation and commercial best practice to all its clients’ projects and services.
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