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Breakfast panel on retention of women in property and construction

Keeping women in property, construction and infrastructure

Tuesday 24 April (07:45-09:00), Arora Ballroom, InterContinental London – the O2

Our sector is increasingly attracting highly talented women. Almost a third of all newly qualified property and built environment professionals in the UK are women, with this number continuing to rise. But many women are leaving their chosen career in their thirties. 77% of RICS’ Inclusive Employer Quality Mark signatories are reporting that less than 30% of their leaders are female, creating a major gender imbalance. 

Why is this? We want to help identify what can be done to encourage and enable more women to stay in their careers, avoiding firms losing talented people and preventing them wasting their career-building time.  

On day two of the Summit we will explore these issues at a breakfast panel attended by industry leaders and future talents. The discussion will cover the challenges in retaining a gender-balanced workforce at all levels in the property and construction sectors, and will tackle the question: what needs to change to achieve this balance? Is it policies, workplace culture or both?

Who should attend?

This event is for business leaders in property and construction, and team managers who are concerned about a lack of gender balance and want to take action.

Why host this breakfast panel at the Summit?

Attended by a record number of industry leaders, the Summit offers the perfect frame to host this debate and gives a great opportunity to hear from a wide range of people on challenges and solutions to retain more female talent in the sector.

The challenges highlighted by the breakfast panel - on gender balance and talent retention -  are even more pressing in light of the themes of disruption and sector resilience discussed during the Summit.



  • Amanda Clack, Past President, RICS and Executive Director, CBRE


  • Vicky Smith, Partner, Deloitte UK
  • Bryony Goldsmith, Arcadis and Women of the Future winner 2016
  • Simon Prichard, Senior Partner, Gerald Eve



This session is free and all are welcome, whether or not attending the World Built Environment Forum Summit.

If you haven’t registered for the Summit yet, you can register to attend this breakfast session by quoting promo code WBEFBREAKFAST.


Or for further information, please contact Gillian Charlesworth, RICS Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs.

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