Real Estate Balance appoints Managing Director


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Kaela Fenn-Smith as the Real Estate Balance Managing Director. Working in collaboration with the management committee to lead Real Estate Balance, Kaela will be responsible for building the organisation’s capacity to support the UK real estate sector in its journey towards gender diversity.

In the newly created post, Kaela’s priorities include:

  • Engaging with Real Estate Balance members and supporting their own commitments for change
  • Building the strength of Real Estate Balance’s membership, including identifying and reaching out to new groups of potential members
  • Working with Real Estate Balance members to monitor, measure and evaluate the progress organisations are making towards their gender balance commitments
  • Delivering the Real Estate Balance business strategy, including developing a dynamic content programme and implementing initiatives focused on achieving practical change

Vivienne King, Chair of Real Estate Balance, said:

“Kaela’s appointment represents an important new chapter for Real Estate Balance. Until now, the organisation’s success has been down to its hard-working volunteers. With Kaela in post as managing director, we have an experienced senior resource to support our objectives for our future as a leading change agent for gender balance. Kaela is a property insider – well-known, widely-respected and hugely popular – and she brings to Real Estate Balance a track record of leading transformational change. Kaela will be an exceptional ambassador for Real Estate Balance and an advocate for the wider property world and we look forward to working together to ensure a better-balanced industry for all.”

Kaela Fenn-Smith, Managing Director of Real Estate Balance, said:

“I’m hugely excited to be joining Real Estate Balance and to be working alongside the women and men on the management committee who share a vision for a more inclusive property sector. Real Estate Balance is a unique organisation on an incredible mission, working to bring about a change in the corporate culture of our industry. I have spent 25 years in property and I’ve been passionate about diversity throughout my career. I look forward to supporting women in real estate by engaging with the men and women leaders to deliver real practical change, so aspiration and ambition are not only accepted but achievable.”

Prior to joining Real Estate Balance, Kaela was at Landsec for seven years as Head of Commercial and a member of the executive team in London. Before joining Landsec, Kaela’s previous positions have included director roles with JLL and CBRE.