Comparing the Public and Private sectors' Approach to D&I

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01 February 2023

08:30 AM

Savills, 33 Margaret Street, London W1G 0JD

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Real Estate Balance and Savills are pleased to invite Real Estate Balance members to attend Comparing the Public and Private Sectors' Approach to D&I on Wednesday 5 October.

The panel discussion will bring together industry leaders to discuss the similarities and differences on D&I in the public and private property sectors and how organisations can share best practice to progress fairer and more inclusive workplaces, built environments and societies.

Chaired by LocatED Chief Executive, Lara Newman, with keynote speakers Janet Young, Government Head of Property Profession, Office of Government Property, Harry Swales, Chief Investment Officer, Homes England, Chanelle Gray, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Savills and Emma Cariaga, Joint Head of Canada Water and Head of Residential, British Land.


Lara Newman

Lara Newman, Chief Executive, LocatED

Lara has over 25 years’ experience in property and development. Having worked with many of the UK’s biggest landowners, agents and developers, Lara has held a number of strategic leadership and board positions.

Her experience of property deals and complex capital investment projects for government education capital programmes underpinned her determination to bring commercial insight and rigour the DfE’s free schools development programme.

Lara’s vision for LocatED has brought together a team of experts able to bring both experience and pace to the delivery of new schools. Under Lara’s leadership, LocatED has acquired over 200 sites for schools, facilitated over 102,600 new school places, and in doing so, has driven savings of many millions of pounds for the public purse. Building on proven capacity and success, Lara is now expanding the scope of LocatED to provide development expertise further across the education estate, and other areas of the public sector.

Janet Young

Janet Young, Government Head of Property Profession, Office of Government Property

Dr Janet Young MRICS is the Government Head of Property Profession for the UK Government, leading the profession across government and driving the agenda for the property and estates function. She provides professional leadership to property professionals - building capacity and capability - across a truly diverse range of government departments and arms-length bodies.

Janet is a surveyor with over 25 years’ professional experience working regionally, nationally and internationally. She joined the Cabinet Office from the British Council where she was Director of Global Estates.  Prior to joining the British Council, Janet was Director of Estates at the Ministry of Justice, and Head of Asset Management at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Janet also has experience working for local authorities and housing associations and has a PhD in zero energy buildings from UCL. 

Chanelle Gray

Chanelle Gray, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Savills

Chanelle has over 10 years experience in the Diversity & Inclusion space. Before joining Savills in March 2022, Chanelle spent all of career within the Civil Service, working in a number of departments. She has extensive expertise in creating strategies focusing on diversity & inclusion, employee engagement and organisational culture, and wellbeing.

All of Chanelle’s roles have had a focus on people and she prides herself on authentic leadership and relationship building. Chanelle also has internal communications experience, which has supported her knowledge of how you bring people along on journeys using different methods of communication.

Harry Swales

Harry Swales, Chief Investment Officer, Homes England

Harry has been with Homes England since 2015 and is the Chief Investment Officer. Harry has over 18 years’ experience in housing and the built environment as a developer, investor and funder. He is a chartered surveyor with a background delivering strategic investment programmes across both the public and private sector

Emma Cariaga

Emma Cariaga, Joint Head of Canada Water and Head of Residential, British Land

Emma Cariaga is the Joint Head of Canada Water and Head of Residential at British Land.

Emma joined the Executive Committee in 2019.

Emma is a Non-Executive Director of Assura plc & a Non-Executive Director of TEDI-London a new engineering University for London backed by Kings College London, Arizona State University & University of New South Wales.

Emma joined British Land in 2014 from Landsec where she delivered a number of Central London developments. Prior to British Land, Emma held development and land management roles at Barratt and Crest Nicholson.