Women Led Sustainable Energy Decisions
This is a must-attend event for energy innovators, GM organisations interested in decarbonizing their buildings, and those working in the city region's net zero transition. “Women Led Sustainable Energy Decisions” will bring together women who are spearheading sustainable energy efforts in an industry where women make up only 22% of the workforce. Highly significant innovators, corporations, end-users, and partners will be in attendance to discuss the obstacles of attaining net zero, the green skills gap, and how innovation may help.
The event will include a panel session which will feature leading energy experts from the public and private sectors discussing that skills and aptitude are more important than gender. They will also explore challenges and barriers to decarbonization for Greater Manchester as a region, as well as at the industry and organisational levels, and will focus on how innovation can help. Over the day, guests will have the opportunity to meet and network with other attendees.
About the Speakers:
Sarah Bateman, CEO of Unify Energy is an experienced business leader who is deeply passionate about nurturing great ideas, and building her career in scaling businesses. She joined the Bruntwood Group to commercialise an Innovative energy proposition that the property developer had incubated internally after recognising gaps in the Energy market, ultimately leading the launch of Unify Energy, the first regulated Energy supply business to offer an end-to-end energy solution from the supply, and sub-meter management through to billing for building owners and operators. Sarah was previously part of Global tech giant Cisco leading the incubation and commercialisation of start-up ideas across Europe. As a member of the board of trustees of the Smart Works Greater Manchester charity Sarah is also passionate about supporting women and D&I.
As a young entrepreneur, Hannah has a 15-year background in the energy industry and has worked closely with large international clients designing and managing complex energy strategies. Starting her career as an Analyst, Hannah worked her way up to board level at a green-tech company before founding Enerlytic in 2020. She has previously been involved in the design and implementation of an automated energy billing system, as well as a Blockchain solution aimed at incentivising energy efficient behaviour which was featured in The Times and Forbes. Hannah is a regular speaker at industry events and has also featured in industry media. In 2020, Hannah became a regional champion for the Female Founders Forum, is a council member of the CBI and utilises the support from the Innovate UK funded Women in Innovation.
Sarah Merrick, Founder and CEO of Ripple, set up the company in 2017 to bring clean energy ownership into the mainstream. She was frustrated that big companies could access low-cost clean energy directly, but people couldn’t. And so, Ripple was created to put the power into people’s hands when it comes to reducing their bills and owning their own source of renewable power.
Prior to establishing Ripple Energy, Sarah had worked in the wind industry for 20 years mostly on strategy, energy policy and communications. Her roles included Head of Public Affairs at Vestas and Vice-Chair of RenewableUK, the UK’s trade body for wind and marine energy. Thanks to her work setting up Ripple, she was named the BusinessGreen Entrepreneur of the Year 2021. She was also a finalist for the New Entrepreneur Award at The Lloyds British Business Awards 2022.