The NextGen committee was set up at the end of 2019. We are a group of Real Estate Balance members in the early stages of our careers whose goal is to represent the next generation of property professionals and be the focal point for delivering Real Estate Balance’s objective to develop a diverse pipeline of talent in the property industry.
One of our first tasks in 2020 was to conduct a survey of real estate professionals under 35, to investigate barriers to entry, attitudes and behaviours in the workplace and line management. The results can be found here.
The findings have shaped our plans for 2021 and we will be running a programme of events and activities during the year.
NextGen LinkedIn network
The NextGen LinkedIn network is a private group for Real Estate Balance members who want to develop and support the emerging generation of real estate talent. It is a chance to connect with peers, exchange information and hear about the activities and initiatives organised by the NextGen committee.
We encourage any existing Real Estate Balance members who are interested in this area of work to join our LinkedIn group.
Get in touch
If you would like to get in touch with the NextGen Committee to discuss an idea for collaboration, please contact:
Amelia Ryan, Surveyor, CapCo Amelia.Ryan@capitalandcounties.com
Carolyn Milligan, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP Carolyn.Milligan@hsf.com
Joining the committee
If you would like to apply to become a member of the NextGen Committee or become a nominated NextGen representative within your organisation, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who we are
Carolyn Milligan, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills (NextGen co-chair)
It's a fact that diverse and inclusive cultures make good sense and better places to work. Yet achieving that diversity is a challenge and one that we all need to be involved in overcoming. I look forward to working with the other Real Estate Balance NextGen committee members to help create that culture at all levels of our industry.
I believe that stereotypes are unhelpful. Unhelpful to the business and the bottom line but especially and, more importantly, unhelpful to people.Carolyn Milligan
Amelia Ryan, Asset Management Surveyor, CapCo (NextGen co-chair)
My reasons for wanting to be involved in the committee come from knowing the barriers to entry to the real estate industry for those not from wealthy backgrounds and considering the effects this has on diversity in the industry. I believe a balanced sector doesn’t stop at a 50:50 gender balance, but in striving for an open and inter-sectional industry where there is opportunity for all and prejudice for none.
I believe a balanced sector doesn’t stop at a 50:50 gender balance but in striving for an open and inter-sectional industry where this balance is not limited to the privileged few.Amelia Ryan
Charley Dawidek, Surveyor, Capital Markets JLL
Working towards improving company culture motivates me, I want to ensure everyone can go to work as their authentic selves and thrive. It is essential that we break down barriers to entry to our industry and ensure that the talent we then attract is warmly welcomed. To do this, a collaborative approach must be taken with support from across all levels of seniority.
I’m passionate about improving diversity and inclusion in our industry and addressing the inequality that is embedded in its culture.Charlotte Dawidek
Shola Oso, Senior Surveyor – Real Estate Management, Avison Young
It is a privilege and an honour to be a part of such a prominent group, representing the next generation of property professionals. From a personal perspective, I have dedicated myself to supporting diversity and equality in the industry since I started my career, as I know it can be a somewhat lonely environment. While I work for a business that is committed to providing an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable bringing their whole self to work, there is still a lot of work to be done across the industry. As such I hope to drive cultural change in the real estate sector to allow for a much more inclusive environment for all.
I have dedicated myself to supporting diversity and equality in the industry since I started my careerShola Oso
Seb Lancaster, Senior Client Advisor, VTS
I’m excited to be involved in the NextGen committee, where I aim to focus on accelerating the prioritisation and accountability of D&I initiatives across all levels of seniority within the industry. I‘m passionate that the vision and voice of a diverse workforce is recognised and results in an industry environment that thrives from balanced perspectives and experiences. I look forward to sharing my perspective from working within a values-centred PropTech company.
Amjad Agil, Partnership Development Manager, SEGRO
I have always been passionate about equality and diversity and creating a world where everyone is supported to reach their full potential. I am excited to be part of a committee that will work to help us reach that goal.
Paul Modu, Surveyor, Knight Frank
In a global environment, there's a pressing need to bring to the table diverse thinkers from a variety of backgrounds. There is vast disproportionality across the real estate industry, including ethnic minorities in the workplace and women in senior management. As one of the NextGen committee, I am committed to driving efforts to build a more expansive pipeline of talent, while installing the mechanisms to develop higher employee retentions from individuals in less represented groups
I’m committed to driving efforts to build a more expansive pipeline of talent, while installing the mechanisms to develop higher employee retentions from individuals in less represented groups.Paul Modu
Ronan O’Neill, Associate, Hines
I want to ensure that the next generation and future leaders of the real estate sector can today help create a more diverse & inclusive environment that allows this industry to thrive. I look forward to working with the Real Estate Balance NextGen committee to help break down the barriers to entry, giving every person an equal opportunity to succeed and allowing us to retain the best talent
I want to ensure that the next generation and future leaders of the real estate sector can today help create a more diverse & inclusive environmentRonan O’Neill