Our CEO Ian Phillips won the prestigious Industry Leader of the Year award at this year’s Press and Journal Energy Voice Gold Awards. The award, sponsored by Scottish Enterprise, recognises “outstanding energy leaders, who deserve to be recognised for their appetite for continued learning, mentoring and influence”. Congratulations to Ian – we’re very proud of him!
Julie Roberts, digital energy lead at Scottish Enterprise, told Energy Voice:
“We were delighted to present Ian Philips of OGIC with the Industry Leader award. Good leadership isn’t just about charting the course, it is about taking others with you on the journey.
“And through his work with innovative businesses, academia, committees, government, students and various voluntary roles, Ian has been a leader to many.
“With an energy industry digitally transforming, we need more bold and visionary leadership.”
Ian Phillips added:
“I was flattered to have been nominated for this award – and really delighted to be the winner. A lot of people have written a lot about leadership – but for me it’s about three simple things.
“Firstly, you lead a team of individuals, and it is them who deliver the performance of the team or the company. Your role as leader is to enable, to contribute, to encourage and to support them to deliver their best.
“Secondly, it’s about communication. If the team don’t have knowledge of what is happening then trust and confidence get eroded. Open and honest communication – even about difficult matters – is crucial.
“Finally, it’s about being willing to take decisions. In any healthy team there will be different views and opinions; it is the role of the leader to hear these different views, to take decisions on the way forward, and to communicate the decisions clearly.
“In the last five years the OGIC has achieved some pretty impressive results, with 106 projects funded and over £12.5 million of innovation investment, creating an estimated 500 jobs and £750 million of GVA. This hasn’t happened by chance – a hugely capable team has delivered this, and I am proud to have been a part of that team.”