Sue Brown announced as new MD


Real Estate Balance, the advocacy organisation campaigning for gender diversity at senior levels in real estate, is announcing the appointment of Sue Brown as its new managing director.

Sue will lead 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. Sue brings to Real Estate Balance three decades of business, property and economic-development experience and joins from industry group London First.

Sue is replacing Kaela Fenn-Smith, who recently announced her intention to leave the organisation in March 2020

Vivienne King, Real Estate Balance chair, said:

“Sue is a highly regarded property industry veteran, who amongst her many achievements, is a known campaigner for women in business. We’re delighted to be appointing such a recognised and talented leader who shares our vision for an inclusive property world where gender is considered a business-critical issue.

“I also want to take this opportunity to offer our sincere thanks to Kaela for her service to Real Estate Balance and her success in working with the industry to move the diversity and inclusion discussion onto the next level. We wish her all the very best in her next career move.”

Sue Brown, incoming Real Estate Balance managing director, said:

“This is a hugely exciting time to be joining Real Estate Balance, an organisation leading from the front on gender in collaboration with companies committed to change. I’m fervent about women in business and the need for greater diversity in real estate, particularly at c-suite and board level. I look forward to bringing all my energy to Real Estate Balance and working with the management committee to realise a fully inclusive property world”.

Sue joins Real Estate Balance from London First, where she has been executive director with responsibility for property, planning, the environment and development since 2016. Sue started her career in government, serving as a senior advisor in a variety of high-profile roles, before going on to establish her own real estate consultancy. Sue was a driving force behind the launch of MIPIM, the world’s largest real estate investment conference that takes place each year in Cannes. Sue is the co-founder and co-chair of REWIRE, the network for women in property. She is also an active member of the Women’s Network Forum based at Buckingham Palace.


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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.

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