Posted: 19 June 2013
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National Grid named in ‘Times Top 50 Employers for Women’
National Grid named in ‘Times Top 50 Employers for Women’

National Grid has been included in the ‘The Times Top 50 Employers for Women’ list for the eighth year in a row.

Asha Nanjappa and Jyoti Singh at National Grid’s Leicester office.

"National Grid knows that more women in technical roles are needed."

Sara Habib, National Grid’s Head of Emergency Response and Repair Process, Transmission

Each year a special supplement is featured in The Times newspaper, listing and recognising the top 50 organisations that are making the most of women in their workforce. It also provides detailed examples of how some of the organisations are putting into practice their gender diversity and inclusion strategies. As part of the submission process, each entry had to provide studies on specific areas of activity that help women to succeed within their organisation.

Sara Habib, National Grid’s Head of Emergency Response and Repair Process, Transmission, was featured in the supplement. She said: “I did a maths and philosophy degree, but had no idea where I wanted to work. I joined National Grid on its graduate trainee scheme and was told there were no barriers to women getting on. There seemed to be a real sense of purpose to the organisation and I have found that to be true during the 11 years I have been here.

“The best thing about it has been the leadership and mentoring. I had a strong female manager when I started and have since had some very progressive and inspirational leaders who have coached me and built up my confidence.

“That support is still there and has led me to move into the next phase of senior management.

“There has always been a real element of the organisation trusting me to take on greater roles and challenges. I have held various positions, including an operational delivery role that had not been done by a woman before. I am now a mentor myself and I see that as a priority. I enjoy sharing my experiences.

“National Grid knows that more women in technical roles are needed and it is trying to encourage this. There are no barriers if you have the right attitude and development is taken very seriously.”

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list is free to enter for any employer with a UK presence and involves a comprehensive submission process, which is managed and judged by Opportunity Now, the gender campaign from Business in the Community.

Chief Executive Steve Holliday said: “I am delighted that we have once again been placed in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. This is an important benchmark, which helps to identify National Grid as an employer of choice, as well as being a reflection of the ongoing efforts we are making to ensure that we value all of our employees for their diversity.”

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