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The Clean Energy Council's Women in Renewables Scholarships aims to enable the professional development of female employees in the clean energy industry.

The Clean Energy Council is committed to championing and enabling women in the clean energy industry, at all organisational levels. To support this goal, the CEC established an annual scholarship to support a female employee within a CEC member company, Approved Solar Retailer or an Accredited Installer to undertake the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Foundations of Directorship course. 2019 is the fourth year the scholarship has been awarded.

2019 is the first year the Clean Energy Council partnered with the Monash Business School to offer a second Women in Renewables Scholarship to complete the Your Leadership Voice: Women in Focus program. The program is designed to transform female leaders by addressing the communication challenges facing women in the workplace.

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Your Leadership Voice: Women in Focus 2020 grant

Applications for the Your Leadership Voice: Women in Focus 2020 grant close 6 December.

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Past winners

Allison Hawke Aicd 2019

2019 Australian Institute of Company Directors Scholarship

Allison Hawke, was the recipient of the 2019 Women in Renewables Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Scholarship.

The scholarship supported Allison to undertake the AICD's Foundations of Directorship course.

Allison is the Chief Operating Officer at ESCO Pacific and has had a key role in developments like the Ross River and Finley Solar Farms and has had a direct influence on the industry’s involvement in the draft solar farm planning guidelines both in Queensland and Victoria.

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Heidi Sick Ylv 2018

2019 Your Leadership Voice Scholarship

Heidi Sick, was the recipient of the 2019 Women in Renewables Your Leadership Voice Scholarship.

The scholarship, offered in collaboration with Monash Business School, supported Heidi to undertake the Your Leadership Voice: Women in Focus course.

At the time Heidi was awarded the scholarship, she was the Section Executive at WSP in which she oversees the diverse and high performing renewable energy team of 30. Hiedi is also a member of the advisory panel to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

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2018 Scholarship Vanessa Ratard

2018 Australian Institute of Company Directors Scholarship

The 2018 recipient of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Scholarship was Vanessa Ratard.

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.

2017 Scholarship Nicola Wilkins

2017 Australian Institute of Company Directors Scholarship

The 2017 recipient of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Scholarship was 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.

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