As Vodafone celebrates International Women’s Week, we profile senior female managers helping the company achieve its green objectives. Today we meet Suki Gilliland, Senior Energy Manager.
Suliaka Gilliland – known as Suki – is Senior Energy Manager for Vodafone UK. Part of the Networks team, she is responsible for ensuring the company’s extensive network is as energy efficient as possible.
She and her team are also responsible for overseeing Vodafone’s UK commitment to reaching Net Zero carbon emissions for its own operations by 2027.
“It’s a big challenge,” Suki admits. “But it’s a real chance to put all my experience in energy to help Vodafone’s purpose. There’s credibility and due diligence behind everything we do.”
With an electrical engineering degree and a master’s in Energy Engineering, Suki has always been fascinated by energy management issues and sustainability, she says, given the pressing urgency and challenge of climate change.
“It drives me every day,” she says on a call from Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress where she was showing off Vodafone’s green initiatives on its stand.
Whether working for airport companies or security and defence contractors, Suki says she has always been motivated to “address all the energy inefficiencies I saw around; I just wanted to change things for the better”.
Greening the network
Her main job for Vodafone is reducing the company’s substantial energy bill, with the network accounting for 95% of the total. This entails spearheading pioneering projects, such as the self-powered mast that incorporates a wind turbine to generate energy.