Historically the Utilities sector has been seen as male dominated sector, it is important now more so than ever to challenge inequalities in the workplace; the industry is changing and evolving, and Quest are proud to be able to support this as we continue to expand a diverse workforce.
International Women’s Day, taking place on 8th March 2023 is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of women. It marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
The mission of the 2023 campaign is “To forge inclusive work cultures where women’s careers thrive, and their achievements are celebrated”.
At Quest, we are committed to forming an inclusive and equal working environment for all, together we ensure that each valued member of our team can reach their full potential regardless of their gender.
We asked Madelein Cook, Quest’s Finance director what International Women’s day means to her:
‘’International women’s day is a day devoted to celebrating the achievements of women and seeking gender equality, It’s a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women
I was a recent delegate for Quest at an Institute of Government & Public Policy run event ‘Advancing Women in the Workplace’ held specifically to address issues surrounding the challenges faced by many women still, tackling bias and working towards a fair environment for all which for me personally was a sobering insight to the challenges faced still be many women on a daily basis across all industries .
Quest has enjoyed tremendous success during recent years, to see my female colleagues reaching their potential in all aspects of what is still considered a male dominated industry is fantastic. Whilst there is a higher proportion of men in our sector, there is also a large female presence which is to be celebrated. I am privileged and proud to work with an abundance of talented women within quest.
I am grateful to work for an employer who supports and champions female leadership, who strives to create a culture where staff are acknowledged and respected regardless of gender and where staff are measured on ability rather than gender.
I am proud to be part of a senior leadership team helping to build an equitable workplace rooted in inclusivity and belonging; Quest’s achievements are very much a collaborative effort for which all staff should be recognised.
International Women’s day is an opportunity not only to celebrate women but to raise awareness and champion continuous improvement. As a mum of five, I have an added responsibility to my daughters to empower them and to help ensure that they will have the same opportunities available to them as their male counterparts.
Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”