Jeanette Forbes Receives National Business Mentoring Award

Jeanette Forbes, CEO of the PCL Group, has been recognised as the country’s best female mentor in the national Mentorsme Excellence in Woman’s Enterprise Mentoring 2014 Awards. 

Jeanette Forbes, CEO of the PCL Group with Lord Provost George Adam with the Best Mentor Award which Jeanette won in the British Chambers of Commerce Excellence in Women's Enterprise Mentoring Awards in London


Jeanette picked up the Best Mentor Award for her work with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce Business Mentoring Partnership at a gala ceremony in London which recognised the contribution of more than 100 female entrepreneurs across the UK who are involved in mentoring programmes.

PCL Group provides a full range of IT, telecoms and computer services to the offshore, marine, commercial and industrial sectors and Jeanette has been at the forefront of promoting and encouraging opportunities for women in the energy sector for a number of years. She has been a member of the Chamber’s business mentoring partnership for several years, providing one-to-one mentoring for women across a number of business sectors.

Jeanette, who was nominated for the award by one of the women she mentors, said she was delighted to receive the award. (more…)

Follow In The Pioneering Footsteps Of A Female Engineer

Jeanette’s passionate about females being welcomed into her area of work and encourages women to consider a career in the industry. She has some great advice for those wishing to follow in her footsteps.


“I’ve been fortunate to run my own company in the technology and engineering sector for 14 years. It’s a job I love. It’s given me a varied and interesting career and a good living which has enabled me to employ other people.

“My company provides data cabling structures for IT and telecommunications systems and supply, maintenance and support of computer equipment to the offshore, marine, commercial and industrial sectors.

“Now I want to encourage other females from school age upwards to be confident enough to realise that they can overcome the barriers and enter what has been traditionally seen as a ‘man’s world’. We need to break the stereotypes of what they can and can’t do when it comes deciding on a career path.”

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Energy Sector Boss Joins Business Excellence Board

The boss of an Aberdeen-based IT maintenance and support firm for the energy sector has been appointed to the Scottish Government’s Business Excellence Partnership board.

Jeanette Forbes, the founder and chief executive of PCL Group, will represent the government’s Technology Advisory Group (TAG) which she joined last year, as the newly established partnership will seek to support Scotland’s goal of becoming a world class digital nation by 2020.

The Business Excellence Partnership, set up following the government’s 2013 Digital Economy Review, is designed to help businesses of all sizes by encouraging partners to work together to improve digital connectivity.

Jeanette Forbes


The key partners include Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland among others.

“The partnership will play an important role in ensuring that improving Scotland’s digital connectivity is a priority which is shared by all the relevant agencies,” Forbes said.

“Our future is dependent on the strength of our business base and its ability to grow and support our economy.  If we are to compete in a global marketplace, our businesses must have the same digital advantages as businesses in other countries.

“I’m delighted to be invited to join the board which gives me the opportunity to support, and represent, the areas which have low digital connectivity which is something I feel very strongly about.”


Video. Breaking Boundaries: Why Women Belong In Energy

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It is no news that the times of “easy oil” in the North Sea are well and truly over.

As the energy industry battles numerous challenges with ageing assets and difficult drilling conditions, one particular obstacle seems to be immune to the passing of time and technological developments: Its male-oriented image.

A lack of women in the sector has been an issue growing in the industry’s conscience – but despite that, no more than 5% of the workforce is female, with a small proportion in key managerial positions.

Read the full Energy Voice article here