Jordan Brampton, myenergiAward-winning business leader, author, eco warrior, radio presenter and mumpreneur, Jordan Brompton is the co-founder of myenergi – pioneer of the world’s first EV charger that uses 100% renewable energy as opposed to mains electricity.

Passionate about sustainability, Jordan’s mission is to create a kinder, more sustainable future for our planet.

Since its inception, Jordan’s leadership has seen myenergi grow from a small team of six, to a 140-strong business shipping tens of thousands of units worldwide every month, driving a measurable reduction in mains energy reliance and supporting the global transition to electrification. During the pandemic, the business has seen a 2,250% increase in profitability.

Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role

I co-founded myenergi in 2016, alongside my business partner Lee Sutton. Day-to-day, I’m the CMO – a role that includes directing the sales and marketing departments, leading business development and driving corporate partnerships. In short, I’m responsible for myenergi becoming a globally-acclaimed brand, renowned for a range of first-to-market products that challenge convention and pave the way to a more sustainable future.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

To be honest, my career has been a whirlwind. To say I sat down and meticulously planned where I wanted to be in three, five or ten years would be stretching the truth. However, I did know from the outset that I wanted to work in the renewable energy industry – making a difference, doing my bit to preserve the planet and ensuring that my children have a bright future. Running a business has given me the opportunity and autonomy to make this dream a reality.

Have you faced any career challenges along the way and how did you overcome these?

Building the myenergi brand from the ground up has taught me so much about myself. I’ve learnt to have confidence in my own ability, to take risks (fear is a good thing!) and not let being scared of the unknown prevent me from making decisions. The common misconception is that all business leaders must be ruthless. That simply isn’t me. I’m empathetic, compassionate, collaborative and inclusive. I don’t stand on people to get to where I want to be, I employ the very best people and help them climb the ladder alongside me.

On a more practical level, running your own business throws up new challenges every day. From parts shortages and navigating the pandemic, to being a full-time working mum, hurdles are to be expected. I’ve managed to overcome these by having the grit, determination and passion to take every day as it comes and fight for success.

What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

At myenergi, our inspiration has always been to create a positive impact, push the boundaries of possibility and change the world through pioneering green technologies. We love what we do and we’re truly passionate about what we can achieve. With most jobs, it’s difficult to see the impact you’re making. At myenergi, every minute you spend at the office helps to make the world a better place.

My biggest career achievement to date has been launching zappi – our first-to-market eco-smart EV charger, which makes it possible to power your electric vehicle with 100% renewable energy. Alongside being our flagship product, putting myenergi on the global map, it’s a fantastic product that helps people make a real difference. As a passionate environmentalist, I’m hugely proud of what we’ve achieved.

What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success? 

The obvious answer here is having the drive, determination, passion and enthusiasm to never give up and push the boundaries. But while all of this is true, it doesn’t tell the whole story. I think that having a strong and supportive team around me has not only been pivotal in my career success, but also the success of myenergi.

My business partner Lee is obviously an inspiration – I’ve worked with him for a number of years and watched his incredible journey first-hand. But the wider team at myenergi, which we effectively handpicked, has proven pivotal to the products we’ve created, the impact we’re having and the mountains we’re moving.

Jordan Brampton, myenergiWhat top tips would you give to an individual who is trying to excel in their career in technology?

My advice for anyone looking to progress in the tech industry is to work in a company that motivates you. You need to arrive in the office every day and love what you’re doing. You need to be proud of who you work for, proud of your role and proud of what you’re able to achieve.

If you’re motivated, enthusiastic and committed, you’ll be able to deliver your best work and really thrive. Don’t be ashamed to show your passion, work on your personal profile or celebrate your successes. Be the person that others look up to – I promise it’s the best thing you can do for your career.

Do you believe there are still barriers for success for women working in tech, if so, how can these barriers be overcome?

When people mention technology, many automatically think of complicated, boring and challenging work. It’s an unappealing word and, unfortunately, that dissuades a huge percentage of women from working in the sector. For those who do persevere, tech firms are still dominated by a predominantly male workforce.

While I don’t tend to like quotas in industry, preferring to promote people based on their skills and attitude, there may be an exception where women in tech are concerned. It’s obvious that the UK suffers from an issue of culture where women in tech are concerned. Short-term quotas could be used to kick start a new approach.

Technology is a thriving industry; it’s a hugely rewarding career and one that is driving the future. Women not only deserve to be a part of that, but it will also be their contributions, their passion and intelligence, which will help to us get there.

What do you think companies can do to support to progress the careers of women working in technology?

Companies can do so much to help drive the careers of their female employees. A key reason why only a small percentage of tech roles are filled by women is that many businesses fail to effectively support the balance of their team members juggling a high flying career and having a family.

Flexibility, agility and understanding is key. From my own experiences, businesses that mould themselves around their staff are hugely successful. We need to harness talent and support the growth of our female staff force, rather than chastising them for having a life, children and other responsibilities away from the office.

If you show your employees that trust and commitment, it will be given back to you two-fold.

What resources do you recommend for women working in tech?

There are so many podcasts, events, books, websites and conferences that have helped me as a woman working in tech – whether leadership, management, mindset or sector-specific. So many, in fact, that I could spend days picking the best.

One channel that I think we all overlook sometimes is social media. For any professional looking to invest in themselves, there’s a wealth of knowledge, insight, guidance and best practice buzzing around digital channels.

Take the time to read, learn, listen and digest. But also, get involved in the conversations – follow hashtags, build your network, put forward your viewpoints, ask questions and offer your own advice. It’s the only symmetric resource you can freely tap into, so use it as much as you can!

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