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Renewable Energy HR Conference and Exhibition 2011

The growth of the renewables industry continues at a strong rate despite economic challenges in some markets.  One of the big challenges facing the industry is whether it has the personnel, ranging all the way from offshore wind turbine maintenance engineers to senior managers, required to support and maintain the industry’s rapid growth curve.

Renewable Energy HR was the first two day conference to focus on the critical issue of staffing and retention in the Renewable Energy Industry...

Presentations and case studies from leading organisations within the renewables sector, included...

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And confirmed speakers included...

Estrella Martin Segurado, Global Head of HR, EDP Renewables

Gary Robinson, Group HR Director, RES Group

Johan Swarts, Vice President Global Compensation & Benefits, Suzlon Energy

Anneke Bremner, European HR Manager, Suntech Power International

Merete Sandager Thomsen, Employer Branding Advisor, Vestas Wind Systems

Kay Penney, Regional HR Director, Europe & CIS,   AES Corporation 

Valerio Senatore, Chief Financial Officer & HR, Martifer Solar Italy (Martifer Group)

Dansette Kenani, HR Officer, Geothermal Development Company

Sophie Briesen, HR Manager, 3E

Felicity O'Brien, Divisional HR Business Partner, Siemens

Caroline Holtum, Editor, Guardian Sustainable Business

Paul Gosling, Operations Director, Allen & York

Dean Cook, UK Head - Renewable Energy, Deloitte

Rowena Simpson, Business Development Manager, Renewables Careers

Tim Stiven, Director, Business Development and Marketing, UK & Europe, Ocean Power Technologies 

John Whitaker, Business Development Director, Jobsite UK  

Tom Hopkinson, Managing Director, Taylor Hopkinson Associates

Daniel Von Burg, Manager, Green Power Academy

Sarah Beacock, Professional Affairs Director, Energy Institute


20+ experts presented case studies of their solutions to the most immediate renewable energy industry HR challenges

  • Organisational Design & Talent Management
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employer Branding
  • Rewards & Benefits
  • Leadership

These will be covered through a combination of presentations, roundtable discussions and Q&A sessions

New features at the event:

  • Extended Q&A time enabling you to have your specific needs addressed
  • Roundtable discussions allowing you to brainstorm with your peers
  • Panel discussions bringing you a range of perspectives
  • Online networking - ask questions and network before and after the event

Some of the most immediate renewable energy sector HR challenges this conferences was designed to deal with:

  1. Matching your HR strategy to your companies commercial strategy
  2. Maximising contributions from a range of employees in a rapid growth business
  3. Globalisation, growth across geographies and regional challenges
  4. Scale - the different challenges from 10 employees to 10,000 employees
  5. Establishing the right resourcing model - getting the right mix of internal and external skills
  6. Recognising the role of culture as a powerful source of competitive advantage
  7. Attracting scarce skills & international employees in a competitive market
  8. Turning specialists or engineers into good managers

Why did Green Power Conferences decide to organise this event?

Companies need to be in the best position to flourish while faced with a war for talent as they compete with traditional energy companies and their competitors for the best staff. A lot of companies that are relatively young also need to develop their HR strategies in relation to their current staff, whether that is talent management, reward schemes or performance management. The most acute labor shortages are expected in the core energy workforce: production, installation, maintenance, repair, construction, transportation and service jobs. Additionally in many cases, the HR teams supporting these fast growing companies are thinly staffed and need development.

An organisations' failure to attract and retain key talent will impede efforts for long term growth. It is vital for organisations inh this sector to stay ahead of the pack and be seen as an employer of choice through effective employee engagement and employer branding, leading to improved performance and business success. A company's rewards and benefits proposition is also critical because a highly competitive market requires differentiated propositions to find the balance between pleasing shareholders, regulators and employees.

The two day conference, the first of its kind to focus on this critical issue, enabled industry players to share experiences and develop strategies to ensure the strongest growth of the market.

In the current environment companies have a much broader responsibility to nurture their staff and create star employees and leaders. Companies need to lead and challenge staff to look at the bigger picture.

  • Add value to your organisation, enable growth and success
  • Match your companies HR strategy to your commercial strategy and develop a future capabilities strategy that is aligned to your business needs
  • Use workforce intelligence to form powerful insights to shape smart business decisions
  • Identify your best talent and learn how to progress them
  • Learn how to engage your employees and retain them
  • Get your rewards and benefits right to deliver better business results