With WSP for nine years, Heidi is an inspiring professional with an infectious passion for renewables. She manages a diverse and growing team who look up to her and share her vision for a cleaner energy sector and making a positive difference to the world we inhabit. Heidi is deeply motivated by our ability to influence our future and minimise the impact of climate change. She is actively engaged in helping our clients reduce emissions and transition to a more renewable future.
Heidi was one of numerous candidates who applied for this scholarship. This year, organisers were surprised with the high level of applications received and the competition was of a high calibre.
Funded by the Monash Business School, the inaugural scholarship is designed to acknowledge and foster the leadership abilities of extraordinary women in the clean energy industry. Heidi will embark on Your Leadership Voice: Women in Focus course, which will conclude in the Monash University Speak Up Equally event.
Heidi says, “It means a great deal to be recognised by the CEC. I feel very privileged and grateful for this opportunity. 2018 was an extremely busy year, focusing on growing my team and supporting client projects, and it feels very special to have received external recognition for establishing and growing a diverse and high engaged team in the renewable energy sector. It will be a great opportunity to further develop my leadership skills through this scholarship which aligns well with my development goals.”
According to Monash University, women make up 46 per cent of the Australian workforce, however only account for 3.5 per cent of ASX200 CEOs. And yet companies with higher proportions of women board directors outperform those with lower proportions by 53 per cent.
With this scholarship, the CEC hopes to create change in the industry by advancing gender diversity and balance in the workforce.
Kane Thornton, Chief Executive for the CEC has stated Ms. Sick is one of the many outstanding women in the renewable industry deserving of wider public recognition.
He said, “Heidi started her career as a chemical engineer over 20 years ago. She is now an executive overseeing a high-performing team of 30, as well as being a member of the advisory panel to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
“Heidi is the perfect candidate to kick off the inaugural year for the Your Leadership Voice scholarship, which will build on her already-strong career and equip her with the skills and confidence to take a greater leadership role in the renewables industry.”
Michelle Russell, Director of Executive Education at Monash Business School, said Heidi already had a strong track record in the renewables industry, which the scholarship would help to develop even further.
“Heidi has doubled her dynamic team at WSP over the past two years, espousing care, accountability and diversity – many of the values that are perfectly aligned with our outlook at Monash Business School,” said Ms Russell.
“Despite engineering being a male-dominated field, she has grown the gender diversity in her engineering team from a low base to 38 per cent women. We are very proud to name her as the first winner of the Your Leadership Voice scholarship.”
“On behalf of the Power team, we congratulate Heidi on this wonderful achievement,” said Mr Paul Williams, WSP’s Director of Power.
“This scholarship recognises her capabilities, many accomplishments and desire for further development. It also validates her broader contribution to the industry. Well done!
The selection panel for the scholarship comprised:
- Maryanne Coffey, Policy and Project Manager, CEC
- Michelle Russell, Director of Executive Education, Monash Business School
- Megan Wheatley, Manager, Communications and External Affairs, Senvion Australia
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