In this new regular ECA Today feature, we will be talking to a leading or inspirational figure about their views on some of the key issues facing our sector. In this first interview, the ECA finds out more about Electrical Industries Charity Managing Director and mountaineering enthusiast Tessa Ogle
Q: What magazines/newspapers/books do you read?
A: I regularly read The Economist, Financial Review and Wall Street Journal. My favourite book is Crime and Punishment, which I think is a must read for everyone.
Q: What motivates you the most in your life?
A: Knowing that I can impact the world that I live in, whether that is through work, personal experience or mentoring others. That I'm having a positive impact on the world keeps me going.
Q: What’s the most exciting thing you’ve done recently?
A: In the last year I have climbed three mountains around the world. Everest in August 2016, Torres De Paine in December 2016 and Kilimanjaro in February 2017.
Q: What’s an interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your CV alone?
A: I love Russian literature; I read it all the time. I also studied Mandarin at University and worked briefly for the Chinese government.
Q: How did you initially become involved in the industry?
I was introduced to the industry when I was around 6 years old, for my birthday my dad gave me Rio Tinto stocks and I became y obsessed with learning about the Mining sector. I paid for my way through university by trading second-tier mining stocks.
Q: What do you most enjoy about your job?
A: The EIC works with the electrical and energy industries and I love the diversity of the market sectors that we represent. We work with small, medium and large size businesses across a range of sectors such as oil and gas, generators, networks, wholesalers, construction companies. In our work we act as a support service, an events team and also focus on business management.
Q: Tell us about some of the projects that the EIC is working on at the moment:
A: Two really exciting projects that we’re working on at the moment are the ‘Artic Adventure’ which takes place in Finland. Over five days participants will be doing cross country skiing, snowshoeing and husky sledding while enjoying the northern lights... Who wouldn't want to do that?!
The second one is the ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ virtual challenge which people can sign up to with their family or colleagues. With both events we aim to raise funds for an industry family in need.
Q: What, in your opinion, is the biggest issue currently facing the industry?
A: I would say the looming skills shortage and the fact that we don't actively promote role models in our industry that could inspire people by, engage with them and capture the hearts and minds of the younger audience.
Q: What do you think can be done to get more young people interested in a career in our industry?
A: As an industry we need to encourage more role models to talk about their experiences and journey in an authentic way.
Q: Recent stats show that there is a lack of diversity in the industry. What do you think can be done to improve this situation?
A: We have a real gender disparity issue in the sector, which is obvious to anyone working in positions like mine within the industry. I think promoting diverse role models who can share their experiences authentically would have a positive impact on diversity within the industry.
Q: What’s the last app you downloaded?
A: The latest app I downloaded was Money Farm- I really live a boring life sometimes!
Q: And finally, can you tell us about something which inspired you recently?
A: I recently went out to visit of a lady who lost her husband to stomach cancer over the Christmas period. While I was there she found a post-it-note that he had hidden in her jacket, telling her that he loved her. It was a simple note but it was very sweet and it made her day. This has inspired me to communicate my feelings to my loved ones more often. Life is short we need to make the most of it.
For more information regarding any of the EIC’s projects, visit www.electricalcharity.org .