Women in Industrial Property

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Chris Jee

All the photos can be viewed via this link WiIP2019

On Wednesday 5th June, The IAS staged its second seminar dedicated to talking about gender balance and inclusivity in industrial property.

Over 170 delegates, including industrial agents, developers and funds, attended the ‘Women in Industrial Property’ event which was held at the iconic British Museum, Great Russell Street. This second event was set up by the IAS to continue discussions about gender balance and inclusivity in industrial property. 

Last years successful event focused on highlighting the success paths for younger women and showcasing role models amongst senior women in the business. This year the seminar looked at two distinct areas - firstly how the industry could help with engagement at student stage and those early in their careers to find out what barriers there may be to generating more interest in the sector. The second topic looked into the different routes into industrial property careers and exploring some of the ways that the industry can widen the range of people that are attracted to build their careers.

Two excellent panels were put together by the committee to discuss these topics: -

The first panel which looked at the student conundrum was chaired by Olivia Prisk from Gazeley. The panellists were - Paul Jenkins from Oxford Brookes, Jan Wilcox from University College of Estate Management, Jo Wilkinson from SEGRO, Saffron Harding from Prologis and a second year student at Nottingham Trent and Ollie Withers a second year student at Oxford Brookes.

The second panel that discussed the routes into the sector was chaired by Kelly Canterford from Changing the Face of Property and CBRE. The panellists were - Sarah Draper from Gerald Eve, Richard Evans from Cushman & Wakefield, Rosie Rust from LaSalle Investment Management, Anjad Agil from SEGRO and Rachel Bouchard from Cushman & Wakefield. 

Keynote speaker for the day was Steph McGovern who kept the audience captivated with her anecdotal stories of her first experiences in the BBC. Progressing from a Black & Decker engineer to BBC Breakfast business reporter and co-presenter as well as fronting Watchdog, Pocket Money Pitch, Made in Great Britain, and Shop Well For Less and relating her experiences to the theme of the event was truly fascinating. 

”IAS Chairman, Peter Freeman, 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 students, lecturers and women currently in the sector.”

The event was very kindly sponsored by Logicor, LaSalle Investment Management, Gazeley, Altus Group, SEGRO, AIPUT, Burbage Realty, Tritax Big Box REIT and Amazon.

The IAS Women in Industrial Property steering committee is, Sophia Cooper - Senior Surveyor, Burbage Realty - Sally Bruer, Head of Research, Tritax Big Box REIT - Camilla Wells, Amazon UK Real Estate Transactions Manager - Nneka Ejindu, Associate Director, LaSalle Investment Management - Olivia Prisk, Development Surveyor, Gazeley - ‎Heather Harvey-Wood, Partner Thames Valley Office, Cushman & Wakefield National Logistics & Industrial

Many thanks to everyone who attended