CEC pushes for more women on renewables boards

THE Clean Energy Council has launched an industry scholarship program to help boost the number of women in positions of senior management in the renewables sector.
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Alicia Stephenson, General Manager VIC, Incorp speaking at the Clean Energy Summit

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For the fourth year running the council will accept applications for the Women in Renewables scholarship program, which offers women in the industry the opportunity to complete the Foundations of Directorship course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 
 
The course is run over three days and is available over most capital cities. The successful applicant will also receive a one-year membership to the Australian Institute of Company Directors and mentoring by a director of the CEC. 
 
"It's no secret that diverse organisations see better returns, and there is ample evidence that gender diversity at the board level creates stronger governance," CEC CEO Kane Thornton said. 
 
"The scholarship program is designed to build a more diverse group of experienced company directors over the long term, through providing female leaders with access to a wealth of information and support.
 
"We believe the relationships they can develop through this program will give them the skills and professional confidence needed for continued growth and success," he continued. 
 
The program was inspired after a CEC annual general meeting where men outnumbered women nine to one for multiple positions on the council board. 
 
"Our response to this was the Women in Renewables initiative, and it's been a true pleasure to see it grow and inspire all professionals working in renewables to work towards our shared vision of achieving gender balance across all levels of the industry," Thornton said.
 
 The AICD scholarship is open to nominees from CEC member companies.

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