Celebrating women for IWD – Stephanie Jananga

In the second interview in our series celebrating the female colleagues at the Midlands Net Zero Hub, we’re speaking to Stephanie Jananga who works as a Project Support Officer in our retrofit team.

What do you do at the Hub?

I am a Project Support Officer. I provide comprehensive and flexible project support to the internal and external customers of the Midlands Net Zero Hub’s fuel poverty projects team. This includes  day-to-day delivery of project operations and supporting stakeholders throughout the delivery of projects.

What made you want to get into the net zero sector?

Having come from a legal background, I was well aware of just how lucrative closing deals for companies operating in the fossil fuel industry was and this for me was the end goal, when I first decided to pursue further studies and advance in my career. However, once I had a chance to delve into the topic of net zero, I got to understand the urgent need to address climate change. There are numerous benefits achieving net zero emissions offers the environment, society, and the economy – such us energy security, climate stability, and job creation, just to mention a few.

What has your greatest success been?

My greatest success has been supporting with the project delivery of the regional energy efficiency projects either through maintaining  and developing project databases, documentation, monitoring procedures. or engaging with relevant stakeholders. This has resulted in the reduction of the number of people experiencing fuel poverty, most especially in these critical times when many families are struggling to make ends meet.

What role has the Hub played in supporting your journey?

The Hub has provided opportunities for training, workshops, and skill development that have enhanced my capabilities and ability to carry out my role on a day-to-day basis. I have also received mentorship, individual support, and career path guidance from my managers and colleagues that have helped me progress in my career.

Do you have any advice for women who want to work in sustainability?

I was inspired by a quote from Chris Njoki – “No one knows what they are doing, not even the ones with degrees , big job titles or even the people on your vision board. Everyone is just trying loudly, failing loudly, and trying again and so should you.”

It doesn’t matter what background you come from, there is a place for you in the sustainability sector.

Join us again tomorrow for another story from our inspirational team!