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Keeping the lights on gains pair prestigious awards

Sterling efforts to keep the lights on for millions of homes and businesses, have won two UK Power Networks employees national accolades.

From Press releases - 2 March 2017 12:00 AM

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Dr Giulia Privitera was named Project Manager of the Year and colleague Lauren Chappell won the Best Apprentice Over 25 title, in the Women in Construction Awards held in Manchester last night (Wednesday).

Giulia was recognised for her outstanding work leading the company’s pioneering energywise project, which helps customers who may be struggling to pay their energy bills. She forged strong relationships with an energy supplier and local trusted organisations who all worked together to support residents to better manage their energy consumption. The project delivered about 400 smart meters and more than 1,000 energy efficient home devices so far to hundreds of social housing tenants in Tower Hamlets, one of the most deprived areas in London.

Giulia said: “I’m surprised and delighted to have won. It is a testament to the fantastic team working on the project, who are all committed to helping some of our most vulnerable customers. I hope this recognition shows other young women considering a career in the energy sector that if you are passionate about your work and the positive impact it can have on society, the opportunities are there to demonstrate real leadership and go a long way.”

energywise also won the International Award for Community Energy at the European Utility Industry Awards in Barcelona in November.

Lauren upgrades and maintains the underground electricity cables which deliver electricity to 2.3million homes and businesses across London. She joined UK Power Networks in 2012, among more than 250 apprentices trained by the company in the past five years, to help fill the industry’s skills gap.

Lauren said: "I was delighted just to have been nominated for the awards and shocked to have won. I hope that it can provide inspiration to other young women to join not just the electrical industry but the construction industry in general. There are vast opportunities to progress into many different roles."

UK Power Networks was also proud to have two more finalists; Sophie Motte and Rebecca Smith, shortlisted in the Engineer of the Year category.