The CEO Commitments for Diversity are the start of an important journey, one that Real Estate Balance wants to invite you on. Download the commitments and have a conversation with your chief executive about adding their name. Almost 90 senior industry leaders have now signed up already but with even greater support, we can ensure that property is an inclusive, diverse industry where women are supported and encouraged to aim for the top.


1. Visibly demonstrate the business case for diversity and promote your commitment within your business.
Note: e.g. have diversity champions at Board and senior executive level.

2. Gather your diversity data, track and report your progress, using your data to guide your priorities.
Note: e.g. publicise your progress/commitments through your website/report on gender pay.

3. Change mindsets by challenging bias/discrimination wherever you see it and licence others to do so.
Note: e.g. commit to unconscious bias training using a range of platforms from face to face to online, with measurable outcomes – this is not a tick box exercise.

4. Insist on diversity for recruitment or promotion decisions you're involved with, including on panels and in shortlists.
Note: e.g. consider interviewers from across different business areas to ensure diversity of questioning and 'blind CVs.'

5. Use promotional opportunities for your company to represent a diverse image.
Note: e.g. draw employees from a diverse pool for promotional material/events/pitches/training courses.

6. Speak on panels only where organisers commit to have at least one man and one woman.
Note: Women Talk Real Estate (WTRE) has a directory of women speakers.

7. Adopt a balanced approach to sponsorship, i.e. both men and women.

8. Consider influencing your supply chain.
Note: e.g. enquire about D&I policies and performance when tendering or insist on diverse client teams.

9. Personally engage with the diverse range of the workforce in your business in order to broaden your perspective.

10. Promote D&I in any groups you are members of and share good practice.

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The following 89 leaders are delighted to have already signed up to these commitments and together with the Real Estate Balance Management Committee encourage others to follow:

Jo Allen, Frogmore;   Mark Allnutt, Greystar Europe Holdings Ltd;    Jonathan Baker, Bird & Bird;   

Ben Bannatyne, Prologis;  David Atkins, Hammerson Plc;   Trish Barrigan, Benson Elliot;  

Richard Bentley, Helaba;  Brian Bickell, Shaftesbury;  Rob Bower, Montagu Evans;  

Keith Breslauer, Patron Capital Advisers;   Melissa Brett, CMS;  Paul Brundage, Oxford Properties;

John Burns, Derwent London;  Joseph Cannon, Church Commissioners - Property Investment Team;

Nicholas Cheffings, Hogan Lovells;   Chantal Clavier, Heidrick & Struggles;  

Ian Cox, Herbert Smith Freehills;   Richard Croft, M7 Real Estate;   Angus Dodd, Quintain; 

Mark Duhig, Hammerson;   Alistair Elliott, Knight Frank;  Oliver Fenn-Smith, The Portman Estate;   

James Garman, Goldman Sachs;   Stephen Gibb, Shepherd and Wedderburn;

Marc Gilbard, Moorfield Group;  Ian Gleeson, CBRE Global;  Helen Gordon, Grainger plc;   

Andrew Griffiths, Prologis;   Chris Grigg, British Land;  Sandy Gumm, Prestbury Group;   

Yvette Hanson, TP Bennett;  Jessica Hardman, DWS;   Ian Hawksworth, Capco;  

Lars Huber, Hines Europe Ltd;   Rob Hudson, St. Modwen Group;   Craig Hughes, PwC;

Gerry Hughes, Avison Young;   Andrew Hynard, Howard de Walden Estates;   Chris Ireland, JLL;

Andrew Jones, LondonMetric Property plc;  

Rosemarie Jones, Church Commissioners - Property Investment Team;   

Gerald Kaye, Helical;  Vivienne King, Soho Housing;   Dan Labbad, Lendlease;     

Samantha Lake Coghlan, Goodwin;  Nick Lesau, Prestbury Group;  

Ric Lewis, Tristan Capital Partners;   Paul Lyons, Goodwin;  

Andrew Macland, PGIM Real Estate;  Nigel Mapp, MJ Mapp;   Simon Marrion, La Salle;  

Andy Martin, BNP Paribas Real Estate;   Lisa Mayhew, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner;  

James McCaffrey, Eastdil Secured;   Deborah McLaughlin, GL Hearn;   

Mark McLaughlin, Cromwell Property Group;  Craig McWilliam, Grosvenor;  

Peter Miller, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield;   Paul Moorish, LandAid;  

William Naunton, DLA Piper;   Alison Nimmo, The Crown Estate;   Robert Noel, Landsec;  

Duncan Owen, Schroders;  Mike Parsons, Government Property Agency;   

Gary Powell, Trident Building Consultancy;   Pip Prongué, Kier Properties;   Mark Reynolds, Mace;  

Melanie Richards, KPMG;  Mark Ridley, Savills;  Elaine Rizzo, Hines;   Martin Samworth, CBRE;  

Chris Seaton, Burges Salmon;  Sanjeev Sharma, M&G Real Estate;  

Max Sinclair, Wells Fargo Bank International;   David Sleath, SEGRO;  Tony Smedley, Heitman;   

Marcus Sperber, BlackRock;   Chris Taylor, Hermes Investment Management;  Scott Tyler, Allsop;

Dave Trimingham, Turley;   Gavin Tuck, Small Back Room;  

Werner von Guionneau, InfraRed Capital Partners;  Dennis Watson, Barclays;  

Mike Watters, RDI REIT;   Nicola Wesbrooke, EY;  Andrew Whelan, Santander;  

Chris Wilkinson, Maples Teesdale;  Rob Wilkinson, AEW Europe;  

Colin Wilson, Cushman & Wakefield.

Sponsored by Real Estate Balance Management Committee: Vivienne King (Chair), Suzanne Avery, Sue Clayton, Karen Friebe, Claire Milton, Liz Peace CBE, Andy Pyle, Justin Read, Sanjeev Sharma, Elisabeth Teo-Pennell