Meet the Team: Amanda Little, Legal Counsel
Our Meet the Team blog series highlights the amazing people behind Moixa. A big thank you to Amanda, our Legal Counsel, who sat down with us to talk about her role and the exciting projects she is working on.
Meet the Team: Amanda Little, Legal Counsel
Amanda has been working for Moixa for two and a half years as a Legal Counsel, starting as an external consultant and then taking on a permanent role. Her role focuses on giving legal advice across the company, covering areas ranging from commercial to HR and specific projects.
Before joining Moixa, Amanda worked for various law firms, both as a solicitor, a professional support lawyer and as head of learning and development. She has worked in London and Singapore, concentrating on international finance in developing economies.
Amanda holds a Law degree, and she is a qualified solicitor.
How did you first hear about Moixa?
I heard about Moixa through friends.
What made you want to take the job?
The work is really varied for a lawyer, with some innovative areas. I was also very keen to work for a newer organisation within the green tech industry.
Moreover, having the ability to work flexibly is really important to me, and Moixa understands this and treats us all like adults.
Curious about Amanda’s experience of flexible working at Moixa? Read about it in our blog.
What elements of Moixa and our business are you most passionate about?
I love working with the people at Moixa – such a diverse group of people, from all over the world, with different skills to bring at a very high level, all with one purpose: to improve energy efficiency and help do our bit to save the planet.
What happens on a typical workday for you?
No such thing really! I can have plans to draft a policy or a contract and easily be waylaid by someone with a question over a customer, supplier, or a new project. I need to be very agile!
Are you currently working on any exciting projects?
I am working on signing up new clients and projects, which is fascinating – trying to bring our products into new and developing markets.
Although it may not seem like the most exciting project, I am also working on our data protection policies. There are a lot more international negotiations involved in this area than may be apparent at first.
What has been your most proud moment since joining Moixa?
I am always happy when we finally sign a negotiated contract. Or when someone asks me to dissect a knotty legal problem and I can come to a conclusion that works for everyone. I like bringing people together in a negotiation. For the most part, I am working with teams at the beginning of a relationship, and I want everyone to understand who is responsible for what at each stage so that there are no misunderstandings down the road.
What is the biggest challenge in your role?
The biggest challenge for me is learning to prioritise properly and not getting carried away with a tricky legal issue that is not as important in the commercial world as I would like it to be.
What is the most interesting thing you have learnt whilst working at Moixa?
Still trying to understand the detail behind this, but how batteries work and how incredibly complex they are. I am excited about GridShare, our software offering, and how it uses AI to create an optimised charging plan for the battery, helping customers maximise the value of energy.
GridShare can also enable smart energy management, grouping batteries in virtual power plants to provide flexibility services to support the grid.
Read about how Moixa supported the National Grid by partnering with UK Power Networks to unlock flexibility at a domestic level.
What steps are you individually making towards a cleaner future?
Good question – not enough. My family and I try to be really good at recycling (and using less) at home. We also live very centrally in London, use public transport and walk a lot. We very rarely use a car unless it is to leave London and go to areas which are not well served by public transport. I am looking forward to swapping over to an electric vehicle as soon as there are more public charging points!
For more ideas on living more sustainably, the Moixa team shares their best tips here.
What are the essential skills you need to be successful in your role?
Firstly, keeping up to date with legal knowledge and the ability to research when something new comes in.
Communicating with people who don’t necessarily have specialist legal knowledge is also important: I must limit jargon!
If you had a magic wand, what change would you make to the energy industry?
Maybe it’s not a popular opinion, but I’d let the old and new companies work together on renewable energy. Both can bring important and different skills and competencies to the table, have a desire to use more renewable energy and the older multinational conglomerates should not always be considered enemies.
What motivates you?
Genuinely – making the world a better, friendlier place.
What is the one thing we should know about you that isn’t on your CV or LinkedIn Profile?
I enjoy singing in choirs (not very well!).
Wow, we must definitely come to listen to you! 🙂
If you weren’t in your current role, what else do you think you would be doing?
Still consulting to larger companies, helping with their overflow of internal legal work.
What is one great piece of career advice you have been given?
It’s OK to take time out and return. You have more to give than you may realise.
What are your top tips for someone who wants to work at Moixa or in the renewable energy industry?
Keep you up to date with industry news as much as possible.
A huge thank you to Amanda for taking the time out to discuss her life at Moixa. You can connect with Amanda on LinkedIn here.