Celebrating and supporting diversity and inclusion in the built environment industry
Evolving from the Inspiring Women programme, Diverse Leaders celebrates and supports diversityand inclusionin the built environment industry, championing for a representative sector.
The built environment industry has identified the need to overcome chronic discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age and socio-economic background to create a strengthened, resilient and representative workforce.
Diversity and inclusion are multifaceted issues that need to be tackled holistically to better engage and support all underrepresented groups within our industry. To do this, we believe we also need to address honestly and head-on the concerns and needs of people from underrepresented and non-traditional backgrounds and increase equity for all.
NLA’s network of 600 built environment businesses recognise the need to do better and are all eager to address the lack of diversity and inclusion thoughtfully and with purpose. To address this, we have created a diversity pledge that tackles recruitment, progression and advocacy that is measurable and provides support and resources.
The year-round programme provides a platform for diverse leaders to discuss the challenges and how we can all work together to overcome them, inspire and advise others and provide opportunities to meet, network and further develop skills in the pursuit for a representative and inclusive industry.
- BAME representation across all levels in the industry
- Women in leadership
- Industry access and design for people with a disability
- Opportunities for LGBT+ people
- Class and age barriers to success
PROPOSED UPCOMING ACTIVITY
- Women’s Network Lunch, LREF June 2020
- LREF Evening reception, June 2020
- Evening talk and networking, November 2020
Evening talk and networking, Jan 2020
Evening talk and networking, September 2019
Inspiring Women NLQ issue
Speed mentoring, September 2019
Evening talk and networking, June 2019
Mailer to coincide with International Women’s Day, March 2019
Diverse Leaders Expert Panel
Bola Abisogun, Chairman, DiverseCity Surveyors
Gabrielle Appiah, London Committee Member, Women in Planning
Sue Brown, Managing Director, Real Estate Balance
Tom Guy, Chair, LGBTQ+ Architecture
Sarah Hayford, Founder, Land Collective
Ellie Howard, Senior Project Officer, Regeneration, Greater London Authority
Nikki Linsell, Operations Director, Public Practice
David Mann, Co-Founder, Freehold
Charlotte Morphet, Co-Founder, Women in Planning
CJ Obi, Co-Founder, Urbanist Platform
Chris Ricôt, Co-Chair, Planning Out
Priya Shah, Founder, BAME in Property
Amos Simbo, Chairman, Black Professionals in Construction (BPIC)