Penny Randell is a Marketing Executive within the Value and Propositions team, for Industrial and Commercial Sales at EDF.
She first heard about WUN from her director at the time, who was also a founder. After helping run one of their events, she joined the network soon after.
It was to prove a great move for Penny during the first Covid-19 lockdown, when she particularly appreciated being part of the group. “I was at home on my own a lot and so I appreciated connecting with others (virtually) and feeling part of the WUN community. The All for WUN sessions were really helpful for managing change and continuing to develop in myself.’’ This drove her decision to become an advocate. “I wanted to become an advocate and support the mission to get more women to stay in energy and grow. It is an ever-evolving sector and every day I learn something new and interesting.”
Penny also knows what it is like to take an unusual route into the industry. Four years ago, she moved from a PA job into her marketing role. “I was ready for something new and had the core skills of organising and stakeholder management, but technical understanding of marketing and the sector was a whole new challenge. I was lucky to get the opportunity, but I had also built up a good network around me. This helped me talk things through with great people. It’s so useful having people who can mentor or encourage you and the bigger your network, the more people you can go to for guidance.” Now she’s half way through completing her CIM professional marketing qualification and is continuing to develop and grow in the energy sector.
‘’It has been a wonderful experience, to be a part of WUN and to volunteer alongside some great women advocates and founders. I look forward to continuing to support the growth of such a valuable network.’’