Evie Trolove joined ENA in 2017 as an Engineering Programme Manager, working as part of ENA's Innovation Team. In her time at time at ENA, she's worked on a range of different projects including the first ever joint Network Innovation Strategy for Britain's electricity networks. Most recently she's been responsbile for managing ENA's joint Call for Ideas for Ofgem's Network Innovation Competition, playing a central role in delivering network companies bids for up to £70m of innovation funding.
How did I get into the energy industry?
While I was studying chemical engineering, I worked as a summer student on an oil and gas production station. From that experience I got to see how the raw products were taken from the offshore well and processed into a different products for things like heating, BBQs and plastics.
Once I graduated, I took up my first job working for a consultant in the energy industry and spent a lot of time working on that same production station. There was an element of excitement in reviewing a design with your team, working out how to break it and what would go wrong if you did, then putting measures in place to stop those scenarios from happening.
The consequences if something goes wrong on an oil and gas site are extremely high, so a huge amount of effort is focused on decreasing the probability of those incidents occurring. This was one of my favourite things about working with companies like Shell because the design process and risk assessment was incredibly thorough.
However, I always wanted to work on something more sustainable that aligned with my personal interests and values. After a brief stint in work on winery and water production facilities I moved to the UK and joined the electricity innovation team at Energy Networks Association.
What appeals to me about energy networks?
As someone who loves learning and change, I’ve found the energy networks extremely interesting.
In addition to the technical challenges and opportunities, there are many complexities and wider impacts including policy, regulation, environmental, economic and societal. What I enjoy about working with the networks through my role at ENA is the exposure to these areas across the industry.
Despite my background in chemical engineering, increasing links between the energy sectors, heat and transport have made it a great time to work with the networks.
What can be done to attract more women to the industry?
Women tackle problems, assess risk and engage with people differently to men. By understanding these differences and the benefits of diversity, people can continue to create more rewarding environments for women to work in.
There are some brilliant women in the industry they can provide women entering the industry role models and career paths to aspire too. I’ve always found mentoring incredibly valuable and think it can play a major role in attracting and retaining women in sectors where women are the minority.
The most significant thing I think can be done to attract women into the industry is changing the perception that networks are boring! Promoting the wider opportunities in the energy sector which appeal to women will encourage greater participation and involvement.