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Real Estate Balance forms NextGen Committee

27.2.2020

Meet our newly formed NextGen committee! Last year we decided to shift the way we develop and engage with our young talent in the industry. We also decided that they had many great insights to share with us to help inform our leaders and middle managers. We have created a 50/50 gender balanced committee representing various businesses in our sector and also providing further diversity beyond gender. Our NextGen committee will be a significant contributor at our Flagship Event - Bridging the Gap where we will hear their perceptions and challenges working in various cultures across our sector. 

Real Estate Balance - NextGen Committee Members

Charlotte Dawidek - Surveyor, JLL
I am passionate about improving diversity and inclusion in our industry. My Masters research on the Gender Pay Gap in UK Real Estate highlighted the inequality that is embedded in the culture of our industry. I look forward to working with the other Real Estate Balance committees and my fellow committee members to address the issues which are relevant to the 'Next Gen' of people working in real estate.

Seb Lancaster - Senior Client Advisor, VTS
I’m excited to be involved in the NextGen committee, where I aim to focus on accelerating the prioritisation and accountability of D&I initiatives across all levels of seniority within the industry. I‘m passionate that the vision and voice of a diverse workforce is recognised and results in an industry environment that thrives from balanced perspectives and experiences. I look forward to sharing my perspective from working within a values-centred PropTech company.

Amelia Ryan - Graduate Surveyor, Capco
My reasons for wanting to be involved in the committee come from knowing the barriers to entry to the real estate industry for those from working class backgrounds and considering the effects this has on diversity in the industry. I believe a balanced sector doesn’t stop at a 50:50 gender balance, but in striving for an open and inter-sectional industry where this balance is not limited to the privileged few.

Andrew Bird - Property Administrator, Avison Young
I want to change the perception that people should be a certain way, or should fit into “societal norms”, to ensure that people from all backgrounds have the same opportunities. Being a D&I champion and on AY’s Emerging Leaders program I have a great platform to gather feedback and drive change within our business and to showcase and help others. I want to be the role model that was missing from my life when I came out.

Amjad Agil - Partnership Development Manager, SEGRO
I have always been passionate about equality and diversity and creating a world where everyone is supported to reach their full potential. I am excited to be part of a committee that will work to help us reach that goal.

Paul Modu - Surveyor, Knight Frank
In a global environment, there's a pressing need to bring to the table diverse thinkers from a variety of backgrounds. There is vast disproportionality across the real estate industry, including ethnic minorities in the workplace and women in senior management. As one of the NextGen committee, I am committed to driving efforts to build a more expansive pipeline of talent, while installing the mechanisms to develop higher employee retentions from individuals in less represented groups.