Veolia is now entering a new phase, and to lead it, Estelle has been chosen as part of the new generation of leaders who have a deep knowledge of Veolia’s businesses, its culture and its people. Since application Estelle has moved to Paris to be part Global team (the only female). Estelle leaves behind a vast legacy to champion women which will continued. Her highlights have included hosting the 2018 Women in Leadership programme in UK and Ireland, a Veolia initiative that takes place over a nine-month period, designed to help bolster high-potential, current and future women leaders within the business. She also worked with Employer Network for Equality and Inclusion (enei) to develop a proposed ‘Inclusion Strategy’ for 2018-20 and build a priorities action plan. Estelle believes in building and retaining a diverse workforce that is resilient, innovative and inclusive. She is committed to women in STEM and has partnered with the Government to help encourage more female students into STEM. She has always internally championed younger women, employing 300 apprentices, and works to upskill the future workforce.
Estelle’s vision is to build a more diverse company with a diverse management team and, as part of this, 30% of Veolia UK & Ireland’s ExCo is now female. To ensure this continues, she has created a diverse executive pipeline with support from Veolia’s Women in Leadership initiative and a series of executive training programmes. She is also one of two sponsors of Veolia Group’s Gender Diversity Network ‘WEDO’, to influence gender balance throughout the 163,000 employees worldwide. Internally, Estelle has also held a Coaching Circle to give guidance in addition to a live Q&A to answer business questions from female leaders across the entire Veolia network. Externally, she is involved in several networks promoting gender balance in the workplace, including being the chair of the French Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Business Club. She also often meets groups of young women at the start of their careers and has spoken to female engineers at various events such as those held at HEC Paris – the European business school that holds events in London. On International Women’s Day, Estelle has also taken part in several annual events, including those led by Accenture to inspire young female leaders.