The Clean Energy Council's annual Women in Renewables Scholarship aims to support a female employee from a CEC member company to complete the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Foundations of Directorship course.

2018 winner

Congratulations to Vanessa Ratard, the winner of the 2018 Women in Renewables Scholarship.

Vanessa is a Senior Project Manager with the remote engineering firm Ekistica and led the development of the Hybrid Power Generation for Off-Grid Mines handbook for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

Women in Renewables Scholarship

The Clean Energy Council (CEC) is committed to improving gender diversity in the renewable energy industry, including on boards as directors. To support this goal the CEC is proud to offer an annual Women in Renewables Scholarship.

The CEC’s annual scholarship supports a female employee within a CEC member company to undertake the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Foundations of Directorship course. 

It is expected that this initiative and training will help develop an increasing pool of potential candidates for board roles with the CEC and other clean energy sector entities.

Course details

The Foundations of Directorship course is designed to provide an overview of the duties and responsibilities of directors. It is for people who are not yet directors. For further course details click here.

Along with payment for the course, the successful applicant will receive a one‑year membership to the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The successful candidate will also be offered mentoring by a relevant CEC Director and invited to present to the CEC board on the learnings from the course, the candidate's plans for pursuing non-executive director roles and recommendations on further initiatives the industry can take to encourage and develop women into senior executive and non-executive roles in the clean energy industry.

Further information

Applications for the 2019 Women in Renewables Scholarship will open in late 2018. Keep an eye on this page for more information about the application process.

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Past winners

The 2017 Women in Renewables Scholarship was awarded to Nicola Wilkins from Downer. Nicola has worked in the renewable energy industry for 15 years in roles spanning consulting, international development and PV system design. She has also completed an MBA in renewable energy.