Megan is Senvion Australia's Manager - Communications and External Affairs. She has worked in energy and sustainability in Australia and internationally for almost two decades.
What are you hoping to achieve in 2016?
It would be wonderful if we could achieve a stable policy environment for our sector!
Personally, I will be very pleased if I can play a role in helping to build support for wind energy through our communication and community engagement activities.
What attracted you to the renewable energy industry and why do you think it’s a great sector for women?
Moving to a clean energy future is one of the most significant and important challenges of our times. I am genuinely thrilled to be working for a wind farm company and being part of the solution.
The renewable energy industry is a great sector, not just for women, but for thoughtful, future-thinking people more generally. Given the urgent imperative to increase renewable generation, it would be a shame if we missed out on the skills and knowledge of 50 per cent of the population.
Why do you think there is such a gender imbalance in the clean energy sector?
The energy sector has historically been a male-dominated profession. This can be quite intimidating for young people who are exploring what they want to do in their studies and careers.
There is a long way to go to encourage more women into the clean energy industry – and I believe this needs to start early by providing opportunities and role models for our school kids.
The CEC’s Women in Renewables is a terrific initiative – and I have been very impressed by the events I have attended. However, I think that there needs to be more men coming along to these events as the discussions are relevant to our entire sector.
Have you experienced any personal challenges, or have any thoughts on solutions to attract more women to this industry?
As a mum to two young kids, I am lucky that Senvion has created a role that allows me to work part-time and flexible hours.
Senvion has a range of other initiatives that it is working on. For example, this year we worked with an intern from Melbourne University’s Robogals network to run an event for Year 10 girls to experience life as an engineer in a wind farm company.
All clean energy companies can do more to attract and develop female talent. Organisations need supportive policies to both recruit and retain talented women.
Do you have any anecdotes that help to illustrate the opportunities for women in renewables?
I am personally very proud that my six-year old daughter is outraged if anyone tells her that a particular job is not for girls. I think that attitude bodes well for the future, and is hopefully a sign of things to come.
The Clean Energy Council ran its inaugural Developing Women Directors scholarship program in 2016. Find out more about what we are doing to encourage women in the renewable energy industry, or join our Women in Renewables mailing list.