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Head of AXIS Network awarded for promoting gender equality in oil and gas

2 November 2017

The co-founder of an organisation which aims to boost gender balance in the oil and gas industry will today pick up a prestigious award from the Women’s Business Council at a reception held at the House of Commons.

Jenny Junnier, chair of the AXIS Network and a senior manager at Deloitte in Aberdeen, will receive the Women’s Business Council award for ‘Getting On’ – an award given to those who help women enhance their careers.

The awards, now in their third year, celebrate professionals working to support women’s contributions to economic growth.

Founded in 2014, the AXIS Network aims to promote gender diversity in the oil and gas industry. Over the last three years, Jenny and the AXIS Network committee have grown the group from 20 to more than 620 members from 160 organisations in the North East of Scotland.

Jenny said: “It’s an honour to receive recognition for what we’re trying to achieve in the oil and gas industry. When we launched, we didn’t appreciate that oil and gas was about to enter one of its toughest-ever periods. Back in 2014, we struggled to find any women heading up energy companies in Aberdeen, but now you can point to a number in senior positions.

“As the industry recovers and seeks to implement the recommendations laid out in the Wood Review, women have an increasingly important role to play – providing an alternative view of how to take oil and gas forward and build a more collaborative future.”

Graham Hollis, senior partner for Deloitte in Aberdeen, said: “A massive congratulations to Jenny for an outstanding commitment to oil and gas as well as championing women in business. The industry needs to forge a collaborative future and to achieve this we must recognise the current challenge and promote diversity.”

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Notes to editors

About AXIS Network
Founded in 2014, the AXIS Network hosts quarterly events to connect employees within the energy sector, providing a collaborative learning and personal support environment and access to role models, as well as running a cross-industry mentoring programme.

The Axis Network works with both men – whom make up around 20% of its membership – and women to collaborate and achieve a better balance across the sector, whilst improving opportunities for all.

It has grown from 20 people to more than 620 members since its inception. The group has many case studies and personal stories available on its website and social media sites.

For more information, please visit: https://www.axisnetwork.co.uk/

About the Women’s Business Council
The Women’s Business Council is a government-backed, business-led council that was established in 2012 with the aim of ensuring real action to maximise women’s contribution to economic growth.

For more information, please visit: https://www.womensbusinesscouncil.co.uk/

About Deloitte
In this press release references to “Deloitte” are references to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”) a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of DTTL and its member firms.

Deloitte LLP is a subsidiary of Deloitte NWE LLP, which is a member firm of DTTL, and is among the UK's leading professional services firms.

The information contained in this press release is correct at the time of going to press.

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