Energy & Infrastructure
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Aliki is a Senior Associate in our Energy Team and recently re-joined the firm after leaving in 2019 to work as the General Counsel for WElink Energy. Aliki tells us what her role at Foot Anstey entails, why she is passionate about Green Hydrogen, and what she values about the firm.
My role is very varied and involves advising our Energy and Infrastructure (E&I) clients on various commercial agreements, reviewing, and drafting supply and distribution agreements, working closely with the corporate team on grid related matters and providing ad hoc regulatory advice. In terms of technology, I spent most of the time advising on solar pv and battery storage developments, whilst also working to raise the profile of our E&I sector in the green hydrogen arena.
I see green hydrogen as playing an important part in the decarbonisation agenda and have welcomed recent policy and legislative developments in the UK. I am passionate about helping to move forward progress in this area and have recently joined the Women in Green Hydrogen network. Women have traditionally been unrepresented in the energy space; having a network of female professionals focusing on a technology that is seen as key in the decarbonisation of the economy and the achievement of Net Zero will go some way in spearheading developments in the sector.
The firm prides itself in offering a great work-life balance and from personal experience, I can certainly say that this is true. Having recently become a parent, working with and for people who can understand the pressures that parenthood brings is important to me. That does not mean that we are not required to work hard but we can choose how and where we do so, providing the firm and our client’s needs are met.
It is also great to see that everyone is actively encouraged and supported in their professional development and in raising their profile in the industry.
I am passionate about my culture and heritage, and I want to ensure that my son experiences this and, importantly, that he learns to speak the Greek language. With this in mind, I have recently set up an informal group for Greek families and their children with the aim of organising monthly meetings to allow the children to play and become immersed in the Greek culture. Our group, the name of which roughly translates as "Mums in action", boasts 17 members currently, but I expect that this number will grow.