Rebecca Allison is an established and committed leader in the energy sector, spearheading efforts to accelerate the transition to net zero. As Chief Operations Officer at the Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC), she leads the delivery of critical technology programmes and services that will drive industry’s evolution towards a more sustainable future.
With over two decades of experience, Rebecca has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. This includes identifying and appraising existing technology readiness, and championing the latest advancements in innovations that are reducing emissions from existing facilities and unlocking the full potential of an integrated energy system.
As a highly driven and motivated leader, Rebecca is known for her strategic planning and communication skills, which she uses to manage even the most complex projects.
Outside work Rebecca spends most of her time at the Ellon Scout Hut, coaching and mentoring over 80 young people in developing their outdoor skills. If she’s not camping in all weathers then she enjoys time with her two children, her patient husband and a very mad black Labrador.
The energy industry is undergoing a monumental transformation. It’s clear that the transition to net zero will require a multifaceted approach, encompassing the development of specialised skills, the adoption of new technologies, and to make it all happen, a diverse and dedicated workforce.
The energy transition presents a complex set of challenges that will require innovative thinking and creative problem-solving. By harnessing the power of diversity, we can unlock a wealth of unique perspectives, experiences and talents. Embracing diversity of thought – one of our core values here at NZTC – will allow for new ideas to flourish. That’s how we reach the breakthroughs that can help us make net zero a reality.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? But unfortunately, we are still faced with the fact that women account for just 12% of the UK’s engineering workforce. More needs to be done to create a level playing field. To empower more women to take their seat at the table.
It starts with representation – profiling the women who are making real change happen. Take, for instance, Mary Jackson, the first African-American female aerospace engineer at NASA, who made significant advancements of aircraft design and research. Or Emily Roebling, who played a pivotal role in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most iconic engineering feats in history. These women serve as inspiring examples, breaking barriers and making an impact in the field of engineering.
These women are celebrated role models that young people can look up to – inspiring young minds who may be taking their first steps into STEM fields. But we need more household names like these, that will help demystify the world of engineering. That will make it open to every curious mind, every person who loves to solve problems. That’s what engineers do.
By championing the success of more female engineers, no matter how big or small their achievements are, we can inspire the next generation of female innovators. Make them realise their full potential and forge a career that will potentially help shape the future of energy.
So, as we celebrate International Women in Engineering Day today, let’s make a point in recognising the boldest and most inspiring women in our industry. Be it someone you work with, or someone you admire from afar – make them seen and heard, and open the door for new talent.
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