Girls Takeover UK - Precious climbing a pylon
Girls Takeover

Every year, to celebrate International Day of the Girl (11 October), Girls Takeover gives girls all over the world the opportunity to step into the roles of senior business leaders for a day. The aim is to raise awareness of equal power, freedom and representation for girls and young women. 

This year, we’ve partnered with Plan International to run Girls Takeovers in both the UK and US. The theme of our Girls Takeover is ‘Putting women at the forefront of the transition to net zero’.

Our Girls Takeover events in the UK and US

Two recruits, Precious in the UK and Leela in the US, took over for a day as senior members of National Grid.

  • Precious took over the role of Alice Delahunty as President of Electricity Transmission UK.
  • Leela took over the role of Rudy Wynter as President of National Grid New York.

Their experiences included attending board meetings, leading panel discussions, taking tours of National Grid facilities and even getting to climb a pylon and fly in one of our helicopters.

Find out more about their experiences and how we're supporting girls and young women into STEM, in order to take on the net zero challenge.

Girls Takeover - Precious and Alice Delahunty in the Boardroom

Girls Takeover UK: Precious becomes President of Electricity Transmission

See how 15-year-old Precious spent her day in the role of National Grid’s President of Electricity Transmission, Alice Delahunty, where she chaired a board meeting, hosted discussions on diversity and inclusivity for women with STEM skills, directed an advertising campaign, climbed a 150-foot pylon and took a ride in one of our helicopters.

Watch the video
Girls Takeover US - Leela speaking with Rudy Wynter

Girls Takeover US: Leela becomes President of National Grid New York

See how 16-year-old Leela spent her day taking over from Rudy Wynter as President of National Grid New York. Leela’s experience with Plan USA’s Youth Leadership Academy has given her the opportunity to identify and strengthen her leadership skills, and her day included lunch with some of National Grid’s women leaders as well as visiting one of our construction sites.

Watch the video

6 takeaways from our UK Girls Takeover 2023 panel

15-year-old Precious hosted a panel discussion with some of our female senior managers on the topic of the STEM gap, and why the future net zero workforce needs more women leaders.

Read some of the key takeaways from this thought-provoking conversation on the importance of attracting more female leaders to the workforce and ways it can be done.

Read 6 takeaways from our UK Girls Takeover panel
Leela chairing meeting with women leaders for Girls Takeover

Girls Takeover: The big questions from our US event

16-year-old Leela led a lunch discussion with New York women leaders, where she asked them questions about women in STEM, sustainability and climate equity.

She facilitated an impactful and thought-provoking conversation that emphasized key issues many women face.

Read about some of the points discussed

National Grid US Girls Takeover - Leela with a group of colleagues in PPE

Press Release: Leela takes over National Grid NY

Read more about how 16-year-old Leela, an accomplished high school junior, took on the responsibilities of Rudy Wynter, President of National Grid New York.

Girls Takeover UK - Precious

Press Release: Girls and STEM careers

The UK is facing a green skills gender gap issue. Find out more about our call for girls to embrace the net zero challenge and consider STEM-based careers

Girls Takeover UK - Precious talking to Alice Delahunty

Alice's thoughts on the takeover

Read Alice Delahunty's LinkedIn post on the learnings from Girls Takeover, and being one of three women running business units in National Grid

Girls Takeover US - Rudy Wynter taking a selfie with Leela

Rudy's thoughts on the takeover

Read Rudy Wynter's LinkedIn post on Leela’s day stepping into his role, and the packed agenda of her Girls Takeover experience.

Plan International

Our Girls Takeover partner, Plan International, run a series of Girls Takeover events and awareness campaigns each year, which sees hundreds of girls from all over the world step into the roles of senior business leaders for a day to to raise awareness of equal power, freedom and representation for girls and young women.

Plan International played a leading role in the UN's creation of 'International Day of the Girl' which takes place on 11 October every year.

Find out more about Plan International

Further information

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Our UK gender pay gap

We’re committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce that’s fully representative of the communities we serve. Read the details of our latest UK gender pay gap report

Inclusion and diversity

We're committed to creating a work environment where people are treated fairly and where everyone feels respected, valued and empowered to reach their full potential. Discover more about our mission to build an inclusive and diverse workforce.

Careers in the US

At National Grid, we do amazing work. Work like updating our infrastructure so we can deliver renewable energy efficiently, and creating innovative solutions for the power demands of tomorrow. Join us to ensure the future stays bright.

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Careers in the UK

It’s never been a more exciting time to work in energy. Whether you’re at school, college or university, a graduate, looking for a career change or your next move in the sector, we’re looking for people to help us build a greener, cleaner energy system.