Real Estate Balance starts search for new diversity champion to lead industry body


Real Estate Balance is announcing the start of the search for a new managing director to replace Kaela Fenn-Smith, who will be leaving the industry body in March 2020.

The non-profit organisation is encouraging applications for the role from a diverse range of professional backgrounds, including candidates from outside the real estate sector. The high-profile role will continue Real Estate Balance’s campaign to address the gender imbalance in property, working to secure a future in which women represent half the industry’s senior leadership positions.

Vivienne King, Real Estate Balance chair, said:

“On behalf of the management committee and membership, I would like to thank Kaela for what will be 18 month’s service to Real Estate Balance, where she has been instrumental in leading its evolution. While there is still much to do, we are starting to see a real shift in how diversity is viewed in the boardroom, with our organisation playing an increasingly pivotal role as a catalyst for change. Kaela has been a dynamic and effective leader of Real Estate Balance which is working with industry colleagues to bring about an inclusive property world where gender is considered a business-critical issue.

“Our search is now underway for a new MD who will lead Real Estate Balance in this next stage and, with the support of the management committee, develop our strategic direction. We are looking for candidates from a diverse range of professional backgrounds, including actively encouraging applications from outside real estate who are committed to championing diversity in business”.

Kaela Fenn-Smith, Real Estate Balance managing director, said:

“When I joined Real Estate Balance last year, my ambition was to use my experience to make as much of an impact for positive change during the short time I would be in the role. Working with CEOs and leaders across the industry has been hugely encouraging, as the motivation from our members to address the issues and prioritise diversity and inclusion as a business imperative, is apparent. There is still a lot of work to do across the sector but Real Estate Balance is now in a stronger place to support and grow our membership and I hope that the issues and proposed solutions have been amplified over the past year. I have very much enjoyed my time with the team at Real Estate Balance and I look forward to continuing efforts in this area from a property focused role”.

People interested in applying for the role of managing director are encouraged to click on the link below:

Real Estate Balance Director Role Profile



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About Real Estate Balance

Real Estate Balance is campaigning to address the gender imbalance in property. Our vision is to see women represent 33% of the senior leadership positions in real estate by 2020 and ultimately to 50% representation. Real Estate Balance wants companies and senior individuals to commit to changing their corporate culture to ensure that women are supported and encouraged to aim for the top. We believe that the best way to achieve this is to work from the ‘top down’ with corporate leaders and from the ‘bottom up’ at mid-ranking levels, to develop a pipeline of women to fill board positions in years to come.

Real Estate Balance was founded in 2015 by a group of senior industry women, subsequently joined by men sharing a passion for realising a more inclusive property world. Although the focus of Real Estate Balance is on gender, we collaborate with and support other organisations campaigning for diversity and inclusion. This partnership approach ensures that collectively, our voice is louder and together we can influence change throughout real estate.