11th June 2020
Nicola Murphy Appointed Energy Institute NI Branch Chair
Today Nicola Murphy began her two year term as Chair of the Energy Institute NI Branch.
In her EI Chair speech, Nicola pays homage to her predecessor Clare McAllister and highlights the challenges that the Covid 19 pandemic has brought to the Energy Sector with 'power consumption levels and patterns during a typical week under lockdown' resembling a typical Sunday prior to Covid 19. She also brings to the fore the 'significant shift towards low carbon energy sources, predominantly wind, solar and hydropower', with renewable set to be 'the only energy source that will see growth this year'.
Nicola proceeds to highlight the main focus points for EI NI Branch as:
Concluding her speech Nicola quotes Helen Keller;
"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much!"
The full EI Chair speech can be accessed here.
30th January 2020
Inaugural Women in Energy NI Event at Pinsent Masons Belfast
Spurred by her endeavour to increase awareness and encourage a coalition of women in the Energy Sector, Nicola Murphy (on behalf of Energy Institute NI Branch) partnered with Women in Business NI and Pinsent Masons to create the inaugural ‘Women in Energy NI’ networking event at the office of Pinsent Masons in Belfast. Over 50 attendees hailed from industry, EY, Pinsent Masons, Academia and included final year Ulster University BSc Energy students.
Nicola, who hosted the event informs that currently there are only two other female members on the EI NI branch: Clare McAllister, (Head of Membership and former Chair), and Sam McCloskey, (Honorary Secretary).
Nicola also informs;
“Over the next few years we will endeavour to continue building on the Women in Energy platform to inspire and motivate women to deal with work related situations with aplomb and to be a forum to discuss current trends in the sector”.
Attendees were welcomed to listen to the speakers tell the story of their current work, backgrounds, personal interests, how they entered the Energy Sector and being a female in a male dominated industry. Speakers included Eva Jaques from Glen Dimplex Heating and Ventilation, Dr Sile Brennan from Ulster University and Judy Mc Elroy from NIE Networks.
The presentations preceded a Q&A and thereafter a luncheon networking event which received excellent feedback from all attendees.
One Ulster University final year student explained;
"This was my first networking event, and I was a little nervous if I’m honest. I encouraged a fellow female classmate to join me on the day and to discuss topics with lecturers outside of the classroom setting was also a good experience.
It was refreshing to know that there are inspirational women out there with similar interests (and personalities), who are willing to support us (females/students) going into the sector from education and it was fantastic to have the opportunity to engage with them.
Everyone was so welcoming, and a few women connected with me on LinkedIn straight afterwards. I am delighted to be part of this network. It gave me confidence moving forward and I no longer feel like an (Energy) island!"
Last updated March 2021