Women in Industrial Property Seminar

Thursday 13th July 2023: The IAS staged its third event dedicated to talking about gender balance and inclusivity in industrial property. One hundred and fifty delegates, including industrial agents, developers, funds and occupiers attended the ‘Women in Industrial Property Seminar’ held at Hogan Lovells, Holborn Viaduct, London.

The inaugural event in 2018 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. However the IAS recognised that in the five years since the first event, diversity in the sector needed to be discussed.

Two panels of industry experts, including a mix of agents, developers, legal professionals and recruitment specialists, staged discussions and Q&A sessions with the audience to discuss whether industrial buildings can help shape an inclusive workforce, how the sector can shape equity and assist individuals to access the industrial market and what lessons can be learnt from other industries.

Ebony Rainford-Brent MBE who played for one of the most successful England cricket teams in history gave a keynote speech about her experiences in a male dominated game. The team she payed in won the 2009 World Cup, the World Twenty20, NatWest One Day Series and retained the Ashes. Ebony was also captain of the Surrey side, leading them to promotion to the top division of the women’s game. Her presentation was insightful and truly inspirational and we cannot thank her enough for her time.

Dan Harness, IAS Chair, thanked Hogan Lovells for kindly hosting the event and thanked the sponsors and panellists before announcing that the IAS had teamed up with a national organisation called IntoUniversity to try and raise awareness of our industry. IntoUniversity is a United Kingdom based charity that aims to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their chosen aspiration, including university, further and higher education, employment and work-based training and we very much look forward to working them in the future

Dan also went onto announce that this would be the last Women in Industrial Property event and that looking ahead to the next one in 2025, a rebrand would be taking place to Diversity in Industrial Property enabling the industry to consider the wider challenges the sector faces.

The event was kindly sponsored by:  AIPUT, Altus Group, CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, Gerald Eve, GLP, Logicor, Panattoni and SEGRO 

Panellists included: -

Tim Crighton, Head of EMEA Logistics & Industrial, Cushman & Wakefield

Steven Alexander, European Head of Construction, GLP

Jo Jackson, Director, Thames Valley, SEGRO

Sally Duggleby, Vice President, Capital Deployment & Leasing, Prologis

Sally Bruer, Head of EMEA Logistics & Industrial Research & Insight, Cushman & Wakefield

Hannah Quarterman, Partner, Head of Planning, Lovells

Joanna McCrae, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Client Solutions Director, Michael Page Group

Melanie Folkes-Mayers, HR and ED&I Manager, Gerald Eve

Steve Moore, Head of HR UK & Ireland, Cushman & Wakefield

The photos from the event can be seen via this link bit.ly/WiIP2023