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attendees will gain an insight into the skills development needed to support the recruitment and progression of more women in the built environment

The first Women in Built Environment Leadership Conference, organised by skills and succession planning consultancy Skills4Stem Ltd, will be taking place on November 26th 2014 at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Addressing the very real issues of both a skills shortage and the under-representation of senior women in the industry, the Conference aims to develop an understanding of what it takes to be a leader in today’s built environment sector.

With a focus on inclusivity: same pay, same opportunities and same treatment, the Conference is a forum to look at how inequality issues may be overcome.

Sarah Davis, Managing Director of Skills4Stem, said: “We are delighted to host a range of dynamic, expert speakers at the Conference. Not only will they be sharing their knowledge, we want to provide plenty of opportunity for interaction and discussion to help tackle some of the issues faced head on in order to bring about change.” Skills4Stem

In the construction industry – one of the largest employers in the UK - the employment rate of women is slow. Yet the industry currently faces a chronic skills shortage. Furthermore, the gender pay gap in construction is still wider than in other industries it was recently acknowledged*; how talent retention is addressed therefore is also vital.


Women in Built Environment Leadership Conference expert speakers

Opening the Conference is keynote speaker Baroness King of Bow, Diversity Executive at Channel 4. As a former Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister on Equalities and Diversity she is well placed to provide both practical advice and help challenge perceptions.

The Keynote Speech will be followed by talks from the Role Models Panel. The Panel comprises senior industry figures including: Jane Duncan, Incoming RIBA President, Director of Jane Duncan Architects; George Adams, SPIE Director, CIBSE Past President; Kate Hall, Director, ARUP; and Debra Ward, Managing Director, Mace Macro.

The Conference will close with an address from Motivational Speaker, Liz Kentish, Managing Director Kentish and Co., and BIFM Board Member.

Designed for all those involved with training, talent retention, management and personal career development, Conference attendees will gain an insight into the skills development needed to support the recruitment and progression of more women in the built environment.

To find out more about the event and register tickets

*Building the Future – Women in Construction, March 2014, opening remarks by Meg Munn MP, Vice-Chair of the Women in Enterprise All-Party Parliamentary Group.

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