Who are you? What do you do? What is your background?
I’m Amy Harrison and I’m the Head of B2B at Bristol Energy. I look after the business to business sales, account management and operations at Bristol Energy and I love every minute of it. I have worked in the energy industry for 12 years and am still learning every day. I am passionate about companies that have strong ethical values and who genuinely give something back. Working for somewhere that really cares about the environment, climate change, the planet and the people and animals that live on it is so important to me, and that’s why I love working at Bristol Energy with the great team we have there.
What does your average day look like?
My average day is never the same, which I love. I can go from a meeting about sales numbers, to getting a hard hat and welly’s on and visiting a new site that we may supply, to sitting back at my desk with the team brainstorming. I get to speak to people across the whole business and also really interesting companies in and around Bristol and nationally to discuss their energy needs. I have a great team around me and we all work together for success. We have a laugh, have fun, and work really hard every day to ensure we can keep giving back to the communities of Bristol and make Bristol Energy the supplier of choice for like minded businesses.
What led you to the utilities industry?
I have always been very passionate about the environment and fighting climate change, and we all know choosing the right energy supplier is one of the biggest ways you can decrease your carbon footprint. Energy is right at the heart of saving our planet, and I wanted to be involved, so I joined the energy industry without a backward glance!
What are the values that drive you?
I am driven by people who all work together towards the same goal, and that goal is something that is doing good in some way. Whether that’s helping communities, vulnerable people, animals, climate change, or sustainability. If it’s helping to solve problems in some way, it drives me.
What do you do when you are not working?
I live with my partner of 11 years, and enjoy either getting away for a few days (usually to my favourite place, Cornwall), or just relaxing back at home, seeing family and friends. I also love reading and painting so spend a lot of time with a book in my hand, and when I have time, a paintbrush. I love music, so can often be heard singing (really badly!) when I’m cooking! And a day doesn’t go by when I don’t talk about dogs!
What/Who inspires you?
People who are relentless in their goals to achieve something good, and who do it in a positive, influential way. For example, David Attenborough is my hero! Being a good person is very important to me, and I like to work with and spend my time with those types of people.
What is one lesson you have learnt in your career so far?
Self awareness is key and the best skill someone should learn.
What advice would you give to other women in the industry?
Be strong, be humble, be authentic, and be proud.
In your experience, what can businesses do to attract and retain female talent?
Treat them equally, role wise, opportunity wise, and pay wise. And not make a big deal of doing so. It makes it feel disingenuous. We can all work well together as long as we are good at what we do, no matter what gender you are. Let’s all learn from each other and treat each other with respect.