Farina Farrier joined ENA in 2017 as the Project Manager for the Open Networks Project, having previously worked in the energy sector in a range of roles over the 11 years, on three different continents. The Open Networks Project is a flagship ENA project that is laying the foundations for the smart grid in Great Britain, by transforming the role of grid infrastructure in our energy system.
How did I get into the energy industry?
My energy story started back in 2008 in Pakistan when I was a fresh engineering graduate and had accepted a hands-on field engineering role with Schlumberger, a specialist oil field service provider. Being one of the first women to be placed in rig operations in Pakistan, I was very keen to break down barriers and pave the path for other women to become a part of this industry. Schlumberger gave me the opportunity to become a part of the global energy community and during my three years in this role, there was never a dull moment – from rigging up equipment on the rig floor to leading client meetings back at base.
In 2012, I completed a master’s degree in engineering management and continued my journey in the energy industry through a project management role with Jemena, a multi-utility infrastructure company. I delivered a range of infrastructure construction and process transformation projects driven by the need to operate more efficiently and improve processes for customers. This was a great opportunity for me learn how energy is actually delivered to homes and the role that networks play in the wider energy landscape.
Building on this, I am now working with ENA on the Open Networks project that is leading the energy transition for electricity networks in the UK. I am proud to be at the forefront of this change and would say that there couldn’t be a better time to be in the energy industry!
What appeals to me about energy networks?
Energy networks play a key role in the day to day lives of people and are vital to the economy. With the energy revolution underway, it is a great time be a part of the challenge and the solution that will empower customers and will enable a sustainable future.
What can be done to attract more women to the industry?
Having worked in the energy industry for 11 years across different continents, I am proud to say that the companies that I have worked for have done a great job at empowering their employees, both men and women. The industry should continue to promote diversity in the workforce with recognition that offering work life balance is a key enabler for retaining talent.