Clean Energy Council – Women in Renewables

Call for applications: Improving the gender mix in clean energy boardrooms

Press Release: Wednesday 27 January 2016


The Clean Energy Council is inviting applications for a new scholarship program from talented women who are interested in building their career in the renewable energy industry.


Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said the organisation would fund a successful female applicant from the renewable energy sector to complete the Foundations of Directorship course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


“Men far outnumber women in all areas of the renewable energy industry, and this scholarship funding is designed to help increase female representation on the boards of companies and organisations year on year,” Mr Thornton said.


“Gender diversity is an important issue, and as the peak body for the renewable energy industry it’s important that the Clean Energy Council develops and leads initiatives such as this to maximise opportunities for professional women in our sector.


“There are no quick fixes and this is a complicated issue, but we are committed to a range of initiatives to address the imbalance.”


The Foundations of Directorship course is delivered over three full days and is available in most capital cities. The study days can be completed consecutively or separately, depending on individual preference.


The course is valued at $3500 and the successful applicant will also receive a one-year membership to the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an offer of mentorship from a Clean Energy Council Director.


“If you are committed to a future in the clean energy sector, and are a strategic thinker who enjoys learning new skills, I would strongly encourage you to apply for the Clean Energy Council’s Developing Women Directors Scholarship,” Mr Thornton said.


Full details of the scholarship, including the selection criteria and application process, can be found at


Please contact Clean Energy Council Media Manager Mark Bretherton on 0413 556 981 for more information or to arrange an interview.