IAS Stages Inaugural Women in Industrial Property

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Chris Jee

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On Thursday 19th April, The IAS staged its first ever event dedicated to talking about gender balance and inclusivity in industrial property. 180 delegates, including industrial agents, developers and funds, attended the ‘Women in Industrial Property’ event yesterday at BAFTA headquarters, London Piccadilly.

This inaugural event was set up by the IAS to connect women in the industry and as a showcase to attract more women to take up a career in Industrial Property, encourage the sector to work more inclusively to engage women, and foster female careers in the profession.

The event focused on highlighting the success paths for younger women and showcasing role models amongst senior women in the business to highlight what can be achieved. A panel of industry experts, including a mix of agents, investors and developers, staged Q&A sessions with the audience to discuss how to enter the industry, why the sector is interesting, the key challenges, career aspirations and opportunities for women, and how are, and how can, businesses and leaders in the industry encourage more women to come on-board.

Nicky Moffat, CBE, the highest-ranking woman in the British Armed Forces from 2009 until her resignation in 2012, gave a keynote speech about her experiences in a male dominated industry.

Nicky said: “In my experience, successful diversity and inclusion initiatives are leader-led, strategically focused and business-driven. Importantly too, they are underpinned by the energy, training and resource to deliver tangible change. With sponsorship from big hitters within the industry, and a panel of senior leaders striving to identify and remove barriers to entry, opportunity and progression, it struck me that the IAS had sent a strong and compelling message. Inclusion is an operational imperative. I have seen at first hand the value added by enabling women to thrive professionally alongside their male colleagues. To drive success home, we must ensure that, rather than being designed ‘by men, for men’, modern day policy, process, environment and opportunity are designed ‘by people for people.”

IAS Chairman, Head of Industrial Agency BNP Paribas, Ben Wiley, said: ”Well we are here today as an industry to raise awareness, show support and look at ways we can improve diversity within our sector. Our Women in Industrial Property event is designed to stimulate debate and ultimately action to encourage more women to enter the industry. We all have a part to play in encouraging visibility of senior women within our sector and the achievements and aspirations for a new generation of female role models. Change won’t happen overnight, but its really encouraging to see so much support and enthusiasm for this initiative and to hear from the women who are already enjoying a successful and rewarding career in our industry.”

The event was very kindly sponsored by Kier, LaSalle, Gazeley, Altus Group, SEGRO, AIPUT and Burbage Realty.

The IAS Women in Industrial Property steering committee is: -

Sophia Bell - Senior Surveyor, Burbage Realty 

Sally Bruer - Head of Research, Tritax 

Camilla Sergeantson - Senior Leasing Surveyor, SEGRO 

Nneka Ejindu - Associate Director, LaSalle Investment Management 

Sally Duggleby - ‎National Head of Industrial and Logistics Occupier Services - ‎Savills

Charlotte Noble - Associate Director, LaSalle Investment Management  

Panellists included: -Sally Bruer - Head of Research, Tritax 

Annabel Freeman - Graduate Surveyor, Segro

Andy Griffiths - Managing Director and Regional Head UK, Prologis

Pip Prongue - Managing Director (South), Kier Property

Andy Harding - Lead Director - Industrial & Logistics, JLL 

Bridget Outtrim - Director - South East Industrial Team, Savills

Laura Fordham - HR Business Partner, CBRE

Simon Pursey - Head of UK Investment, Segro

Geoffrey Shaw - Portfolio Manager, BlackRock UK Long Lease Property Fund

Richard Sullivan - Director and National Head of Industrial & Logistics, Savills

Laura Sutton - National Director, JLL

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