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. Over 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 97 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 Allan, Landsec;   Mark Allnutt, Greystar Europe Holdings Ltd;    

David Atkins, Hammerson Plc;   Jonathan Baker, Bird & Bird;   

Ben Bannatyne, Prologis;  Richard Bentley, Helaba;   Brian Bickell, Shaftesbury;  

Ciaran Bird, CBRE;   Rob Bower, Montagu Evans;   Karen Brennan, JLL;   

Keith Breslauer, Patron Capital Advisers;   Melissa Brett, CMS;

Justin Brown, BlackRock;   Paul Brundage, Oxford Properties;   

Neil Cable, Fidelity International;   Nicholas Cheffings, Hogan Lovells;  

Chantal Clavier, Heidrick & Struggles;   Virginia Clegg, DAC Beachcroft;  

Shane Cleghorn, Taylor Wessing;   Ian Cox, Herbert Smith Freehills;   

Toby Courtauld, Great Portland Estates Ltd;   Richard Croft, M7 Real Estate;   

Mark Duhig, Hammerson Plc;   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;   Chris Grigg, British Land;  

Sandy Gumm, Prestbury Group;   Yvette Hanson, TP Bennett;  

Jessica Hardman, DWS;   Ian Hawksworth, Capco;  Tony Horrell, Colliers International;  

Lars Huber, Hines Europe Ltd;   Rob Hudson, St. Modwen Group;   Bill Hughes, LGIM;   

Craig Hughes, PwC;   Andrew Hynard, Howard de Walden Estates;   

Harry Hyman, Nexus;   Chris Ireland, JLL;   Angus Johnston, PwC;  

Andrew Jones, LondonMetric Property plc;   Rosemarie Jones, Church Commissioners;   

Gerald Kaye, Helical;  Vivienne King, Revo;   Dan Labbad, The Crown Estate;     

Samantha Lake Coghlan, Goodwin;  Philip La Pierre, La Salle;   

Nick Lesau, Prestbury Group;  Ric Lewis, Tristan Capital Partners;   

Paul Lyons, Goodwin;  Andrew Macland, PGIM Real Estate;  Nigel Mapp, MAPP;   

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

James McCaffrey, Eastdil Secured;  Mark McLaughlin, Cromwell Property Group;   

Paul Moorish, LandAid;  William Naunton, DLA Piper;  

Krysto Nikolic, Starwood Capital Europe Advisers;   Duncan Owen, Schroders;  

Mike Parsons, Government Property Agency;   Scott Parsons, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield;   

Gary Powell, Trident Building Consultancy;   Pip Prongué, Kier Properties;  

Sharon Quinlan, HBSC;   James Raynor, Grosvenor;   Mark Reynolds, Mace;  

Melanie Richards, KPMG;  Mark Ridley, Savills;  James Saunders, Quintain;   

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

Jason Sibthorpe, Avison Young;   Max Sinclair, Wells Fargo Bank International;   

David Sleath, SEGRO;  Tony Smedley, Heitman;   

Chris Taylor, Hermes Investment Management;  Simon Todd, Crestbridge;   

Scott Tyler, Allsop;Dave Trimingham, Turley;   Gavin Tuck, Small Back Room;  

Werner von Guionneau, InfraRed Capital Partners;  Charlie Wade, VTS;  

Nick Walkley, Homes England;   Dennis Watson, Barclays;  

Mike Watters, RDI REIT;   Nicola Wesbrooke, EY;   

Andrew Whelan, Santander;  Chris Wilkinson, Maples Teesdale;

Rob Wilkinson, AEW Europe;  Paul Williams, Derwent London;   

Colin Wilson, Cushman & Wakefield.

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