Training & events

Diversity and Inclusion Conference

Conference London, 29 Jun 2017

Diversity and leadership: How can you make a difference as a senior leader?

We are determined to raise the bar when it comes to diversity and inclusion within the profession, so that our industry attracts, nurtures and retains the brightest and best talent regardless of gender, social background, beliefs or disability. Not only is this the right thing to do but we also believe it makes sound business sense.

Since the launch of our Inclusive Employer Quality Mark (IEQM), which recognises the industry’s work to create a fully inclusive workforce, we’ve seen countless companies sign up and pledge their support to inclusion and diversity.

Join movers and shakers of the industry to see diversity and inclusion in practice at our annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference. After looking at practical steps that can be adopted within the organisation at last year’s conference, we now move the discussion to the next level and look and how senior leaders can make a difference. Join us at this unique day and listen to leaders who are at the forefront of the industry and who are committed to drive the diversity agenda forward within the real estate, land, infrastructure and construction sectors.   

Conference highlights:

  • Find out what professional bodies are doing to address diversity issues and make their respective professions more diverse and inclusive: join a panel discussion attended by senior leaders from RICS, RIBA, RTPI and CIOB
  • Find your competitive edge and learn with industry peers what is needed to drive the property and construction industry forward
  • Listen to our inspirational speakers discuss ethnicity in the workplace and why understanding and breaking down barriers is important for workplace succes.

Who should attend this conference

Our Diversity & Inclusion conference is aimed at:

  • Senior business leaders
  • HR and diversity professionals
  • Employee Network Group chairs
  • Line managers
  • Procurement specialists

See who has signed up to attend already.

Additional resources

View our interactive presentation on Diversity and Inclusion

A content map will be produced for each conference session and emailed to delegates after the conference. These visual records will capture the key information from the speakers’ presentation and any subsequent discussion.

Read more: what is the Inclusive Employer Quality Mark?

Read more: Sign up and pledge your support

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08:30 Registration and refreshments 

09:30 Opening remarks Cathy Newman, Journalist and TV Presenter 

09:35 Keynote address: Building a diverse and inclusive organisation
Where does diversity and inclusion sit within a company strategy?
Making a difference as a senior leader
Understanding and breaking down barriers
Paula Stannett, Chief People Officer, Heathrow Airport

10:00 RICS President Address
Amanda Clack, President, RICS

10:15 Panel discussion: setting standards within the profession 
Cathy Newman will be interviewing all panellists on challenges they face in their profession and discuss opportunities for positive change. 
Amanda Clack, President, RICS
Jane Duncan, President, RIBA
Chris Blythe, CEO, CIOB
Janet Askew, RTPI Past President and Consultant Town Planner

11:00 Networking refreshment break

11:30 Transparency leads to success 
Why is leadership required to progress equality and diversity?
Upcoming key parliament priorities for diversity and inclusion
Collaboration between businesses and government
Baroness Burt of Solihull, Member of the House of Lords 

11:50 Unlocking the potential of your workforce
Personal stories
Understanding and breaking down the barriers
Identifying talents from diverse groups
Lessons learned
Justin Carty, Senior Director, CBRE
Kimberly Hepburn, Junior Quantity Surveyor, TFL

12:35 Championing an inclusive work culture
As senior leaders, how can we support employees to bring their ‘whole selves’ to work? This session will focus on how to create an inclusive environment where everyone can feel at ease and welcome, regardless of background and religion.
Deborah Nutt, Partner, Arcadis

13:05 Networking lunch

14:10 Words matter – the language of inclusion
A different way of thinking about the diversity and inclusion agenda
How use of language can facilitate a more inclusive culture
Janet Alexander, Chief People Officer, VOA

14:40 Measuring the impact of your diversity and inclusion initiatives
What does success look like?
Using data to continuously improve and make a difference within the boundaries of your resources
Freddie Alves, Managing Director, Talking Talent
Paul Chandler, Managing Director, Wates 

15:15 Closing keynote: Effective change in business
Facilitating integration of D&I into processes
Holding business leaders accountable
Setting the example from the top
Roland White, Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Microsoft

15:50 Closing remarks
Mark Walley, Regional Managing Director – EMEA, RICS

16:00 Close of Conference
Cathy Newman, Journalist and TV Presenter  

16:00 – 17:00 Networking drinks at the venue