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Diverse Leaders

Diverse Leaders Pledge
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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.

KEY OBJECTIVES 
  • 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





Diverse Leaders Pledge

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.

We are inviting you as industry leaders to join us in making a pledge to help make the built environment sector more representative through the recruitment, progression and advocacy of diverse people.
Read the Pledge Online Printable PDF

Topic Activity

PROPOSED UPCOMING ACTIVITY 
  • Women’s Network Lunch, LREF June 2020 
  • LREF Evening reception, June 2020 
  • Evening talk and networking, November 2020

PAST ACTIVITY
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)

Resources

Handbooks 
 
Networks 
BAME Planners Network @BAMEPlanners 
 
Government strategy and terminology 
 UK population by ethnicity This includes links to: Population of England and Wales, Regional ethnic diversity and Demographics
 
Recruitment tools

Screening & Work Samples

Interviewing
 
Sourcing & Writing Job Descriptions
 
Data Driven

Diverse Leaders Pledge
PDF: Diverse Leaders Pledge
Sign: Diverse Leaders Pledge

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are opportunities to become either a Champion or Supporter of this programme. To find out more about how you could get involved in the events and output across our platforms please get in touch with the Membership Team via membership@newlondonarchitecture.org

Prices start from £4,950 + VAT for 12 month support. 

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