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Real Estate Balance announces four new Board members
Real Estate Balance is announcing the appointment of four new Board members – all of whom come from leading companies involved in property and corporate real estate.
The high-profile and strategic appointments are not only set to strengthen and diversify the organisation’s Board, but mark a major step-change in Real Estate Balance’s governance and profile, with a view to significantly increasing its industry influence, reach and impact.
The newly appointed Board members are:
- Simon Carter, Chief Executive, British Land
- Clarence Dixon, Global Head of Loan Services, CBRE
- Kirsty Wilman, Executive Director – Business Management, Federated Hermes Limited Real Estate
- Nick Worrall, Group HR Director, Barratt Developments plc
The announcements were made at the organisation’s anniversary event in London last night (4 May), where real estate CEOs and senior leaders came together to celebrate Real Estate Balance reaching over 100 members, its achievements to date, and the ongoing industry changes being driven by individuals and organisations alike.
Originally founded in 2015 to address gender imbalance at senior levels in the industry, Real Estate Balance broadened its scope in 2020 to embrace broader diversity and inclusion objectives such as ethnicity and social mobility.
Through a range of campaigns, events and activities, and with a focus on Leadership, Best Practice, Opportunity and Collaboration, it supports its members to make progress in achieving a diverse and inclusive culture, and so contribute to the enhanced performance of the sector as a whole.
Now, with its broader diversity and inclusion objectives and prominent new Board members in place, the organisation will be able to further accelerate change and make even deeper impact across the real estate industry and beyond.
Welcoming the new Board members, Real Estate Balance chair Liz Peace, said:
“I’m hugely excited to welcome Simon, Clarence, Kirsty and Nick, who arrive at an important moment in our history. With them on board, we’ll be able to have an even deeper impact and ensure that D&I remains firmly at the top of the real estate business agenda.”
Simon Carter, Chief Executive, British Land, said:
“Diversity in every sense is critical to understanding our customers, creating better places and ultimately the success of our sector. I’m delighted to join Real Estate Balance and look forward to working with other property leaders to drive cultural change within our industry.”
Clarence Dixon, Global Head of Loan Services, CBRE, said:
“Diversity is known to be a driver of innovation and creativity, which we need now more than ever if we’re going to successfully meet the challenges of our time. I look forward to supporting Real Estate Balance and contributing to the development of a more equitable and inclusive industry.”
Kirsty Wilman, Executive Director – Business Management, Federated Hermes Limited Real Estate, said:
“It’s encouraging to see that D&I is becoming a higher priority in the property industry. By joining Real Estate Balance, I aim to make a real difference by supporting, challenging and shining a light on best practice.”
Nick Worrall, Group HR Director, Barratt Developments plc, said:
“I’m thrilled to join Real Estate Balance and look forward to helping create environments where property professionals of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged and able to thrive.”
Real Estate Balance member and executive search firm Granger Reis carried a three-month pro-bono search to secure the four new Board members.
Commenting on the process, Edward Ali McQuilton, Senior Partner and Practice Leader in Real Estate at Granger Reis, said:
“We’ve been delighted to help Real Estate Balance appoint new Board members. We wish Simon, Clarence, Kirsty and Nick all the best in their new roles and look forward to seeing Real Estate Balance continue its fantastic growth in membership and impact across the property sector.”