According to Energy & Utility Skills, just 20% of the water sector’s workforce are female, compared to 47% for all sectors nationally. Currently 26% of Institute of Water members are women and the percentage improves as age falls: over 60: 3%, 50-59: 18%, 40-49: 28%, 30-39: 37%, under 30: 41%,
We have established a Women’s Network to:
- Attract women in the water sector to become members of the Institute of Water and, through our engagement with them, retain them in the sector
- Support women’s careers in the water sector
- Promote good practice and inclusivity for all across the sector
Our guiding principle is to ensure this programme does not act as a barrier and is inclusive to all
There is no need to join – all IWater members will be able to access the Women’s Network – but if you have any ideas for activities then please email email@example.com
Launching IWater Inspire!
The Women’s Network is launching a brand new initiative, IWater Inspire, aimed at inspiring personal and professional development through exploring the books that have influenced the IWater community. Open to all, IWater Inspire addresses the community need for a personal development platform that allows for as much or as little engagement as you have time for, making it accessible to the busiest of professionals!
IWater Inspire offers multiple ways of engaging and learning:
- Online and in-person events, such as talks from industry leaders on the books that influenced their career, Speed Book Review events and workshops based on some of the most inspiring books out there.
- A ‘Book of the Quarter’ where, in every issue of the Institute of Water Magazine, a community member shares a personal development book that inspired their career.
- An online community where members can discuss books of interest, make recommendations, keep track of events, share ideas for future events and, most importantly, check out the Book of the Quarter.
At our inaugural event on 24th June 2021, 5pm – 6pm, we will hear from Carmen Snowdon on the book that inspired her career and take you through a guided session to get you set up on goodreads and a member of the IWater Inspire online community.
To register for this event, please visit shorturl.at/bqtOV
Ethical Business Practice – webinar 27th July 12.00-12.30
Attend this lunchtime webinar with Michelle Ashford, Chief Operating Officer at the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS) and Claire Phelan, Regulatory Transformation Manager at Scottish Water to hear more about Ethical Business Regulation (EBR) and what it means for the water industry in Scotland.
EBR requires open and honest conversations about the future challenges for the Scottish water industry, and how best to tackle them. This will require candour and transparency in all interactions between WICS as the regulator, Scottish Water and other stakeholders. This is the essence of Ethical Business Regulation.
Visit https://www.instituteofwater.org.uk/events/ to book your place.
Womens Utilities Network (WUN) Events
WUN, started in 2018, is a community of women across all utilities who can connect, support, develop and encourage one another. WUN provides a variety events which you can view at https://thewun.co.uk/wun-events/
Earlier this year we ran a two-day Supporting Women in Water event.
You can read about two of our speakers here:
Shaunna Berendsen, Head of Innovation Engagement at Anglian Water, discusses resilience, work/life balance and the authenticity that has driven her in her continuing successful career.
Angela Nilson, Operations Director at Z-Tech talks about her career, gives top tips on personal resilience and managing that work/life balance.
The Women’s Network is led by a steering group comprising: