Celebrating International Women's Day 2019
This year, as part of International Women's Day, we've asked four inspirational women what this day means to them and how to pursue a successful career in surveying.
9 JUL 2018
Antonia Belcher (FRICS, FCABE, FCIARB, and FRSA) has been highlighted as a champion for LGBTQ issues in the surveying industry.
A founding Partner of MHBC, Antonia has over 40 years of experience in the construction and property industry. MHBC is a Building Consultancy, which is extensively active in the procurement and handling of building contract work.
Antonia is particularly active in project diligence and building pathology, ensuring buildings relate to the environment and their occupants. Some of the notable developments and projects that Antonia has been involved in over the years include; the base builds for Unilever and Coca Cola’s HQ and the Royal Courts of Justice, as well as the development of Leicester City FC’s Walker Stadium.
Since Antonia transitioned in 2000, she has been dedicated to the promotion of diversity in the workplace. A driving force for change in this area, Antonia regularly accepts pro bono appointments that make a positive change for women and LGBTQ issues. She recently assisted the Albert Kennedy Trust in relocating their offices and provided advice on how they use their resources and funds to maximum effect to continue supporting LGBTQ communities.
Antonia endorses campaigns such as “Out Loud and Proud” and “Trans Aware” and recently set up Trans Fund, which is dedicated to supporting trans-focused organisations around the world. Antonia also personally mentors a number of professional people, including some RICS members who are at varying stages of transitioning.
For her work in promoting women and LGBTQ issues, Antonia has been recognised for four years running (2014-2017) as one of the Financial Times’ Top 100 LGBT Business Executives.
We are proud of every female surveyor and their contribution to ensuring the profession remains sustainable throughout the 21st century.
As part of this year's celebrations, we are showcasing females throughout the profession, from industry leaders to newly-chartered, underlining how surveying represents an exciting and progressive career path.
Explore our Diversity and Inclusion hub to find more inspiring stories from women in the surveying profession.