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. Close to 50 senior industry leaders have 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.

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 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; Ben Bannatyne, Prologis; Trish Barrigan, Benson Elliot; Richard Bentley, Helaba; Brian Bickell, Shaftesbury; Keith Breslauer, Patron Capital Advisers; Paul Brundage, Oxford Properties; John Burns, Derwent London; Nicholas Cheffings, Hogan Lovells; Chantal Clavier, Heidrick & Struggles; Richard Croft, M7 Real Estate; Alistair Elliott, Knight Frank; Andrew Griffiths, Prologis; Chris Grigg, British Land; Sandy Gumm, Prestbury Group; Ian Hawksworth, Capco; Craig Hughes, PwC; Andrew Hynard, Howard de Walden Estates; Chris Ireland, JLL;Alex Jeffrey, M&G Real Estate; Gerald Kaye, Helical; Vivienne King, Soho Housing; David Kirkby, Cromwell Property Group; Dan Labbad, Lendlease; Samantha Lake Coghlan, Goodwin; Nick Leslau, Prestbury Group; Paul Lyons, Goodwin; Andrew Macland, PGIM Real Estate; Lisa Mayhew, Berwin Leighton Paisner; Craig McWilliam, Grosvenor; Bill Moore CBE, The Portman Estate; Peter Morley, TwoBlue Communications; Alison Nimmo, The Crown Estate; Robert Noel, Landsec; Mark Reynolds, Mace; Melanie Richards, KPMG; Mark Ridley, Savills; Martin Samworth, CBRE; Chris Seaton, Burges Salmon; Max Sinclair, Wells Fargo Bank International; David Sleath, SEGRO; Marcus Sperber, BlackRock; Chris Taylor, Hermes Investment Management; Gavin Tuck, Small Back Room; Dennis Watson, Barclays; Mike Watters, Redefine International; Nicola Westbrooke, EY; 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.