The Clean Energy Council has announced the recipient of its Developing Women Directors Scholarship, which aims to help make clean energy boardrooms more inclusive by giving talented women the practical skills to move into director roles.

At its Annual General Meeting last Friday, Clean Energy Council Chair Miles George awarded the scholarship to Nicola Wilkins from Downer, who has spent the past 15 years building a renewable energy career that has spanned consulting, international development, an MBA in renewable energy, PV system design, and start-up experience.

“Nicola Wilkins was a stand-out candidate for the Developing Women Directors Scholarship, and has ticked off working in almost every corner of the renewable energy industry,” Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said.

“The next logical step for Ms Wilkins is to a clean energy boardroom role, and we hope that this scholarship provides her with some of the tools required to make that jump and start having a positive impact at the director level.

“The scholarship supports a woman in the clean energy industry to complete the Australian Institute of Company Directors Foundations of Directorship course, and provides tailored mentoring opportunities. In the scope of a woman’s career it is just one small step, but our hope is that it’s the last step needed to gain a director role.”

"I'm excited to be selected as the recipient of the Developing Women Directors Scholarship,” said Nicola Wilkins, Senior Engineer - Renewable Energy at Downer.

“I applaud the CEC for supporting gender diversity of boards in the clean energy industry and look forward to making the most of this opportunity."

The scholarship winner was selected by a judging panel compromising Clean Energy Regulator Chair and CEO Chloe Munro, Pacific Hydro General Manager, Group Services Rachel Watson, AllGrid Energy Marketing and Alliance Manager and previous scholarship winner Deborah Oberon, and Mr Thornton.

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