Women in Property South-West: 2018 is the year to ‘Aspire Succeed Inspire’

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Women in Property creates opportunities, expands knowledge and inspires change for women working in the property and construction industry. We believe that success and its rewards should be founded on merit and expertise, rather than gender.

We actively seek an industry that is balanced, diverse and inclusive, so we nurture girls aspiring to a career in the built environment sector, as well as supporting those in ‘mid-career’ and at board level.

In the South-West, the first half of 2018 has been an incredibly busy time. We are now led by our new Chairman, Carly Willis, a project manager with workplace design and build consultants Claremont, and Vice-Chairman, Rosalyn Trotman, an associate at law firm Thrings.

Together with the dedicated committee, we are pushing forward in the diversity debate in so many ways, from engagement with schools and mentoring to key note talks on hot topics including Brexit and the fall of Carillion as well as working on panel and speaker diversity in the industry.

Spotlight on: The South-West Student Awards

This annual event gets bigger every year and is an opportunity for the region’s universities to showcase talented young women coming through their degree programmes. As well as the accolade of the award itself, the finalists get CV workshop advice and the opportunity to meet business leaders in their industry, and the winner also receives mentoring and Women in Property membership.

This year it took the judges two days to meet all of the nominees for interviews, all commenting that the range of talent shown was hugely inspiring. In the end two candidates stood out, and the 2018 South-West winners are Robyn Deardon of Royal Agricultural University (studying Rural Land Management) and Sally Kerr of University of Exeter (studying Civil & Environmental Engineering).

Last year’s South-West winner, Caitlin Mitchell of Plymouth University, went on to win the National Student Awards too, so we are hoping to be able to repeat that feat this year when the regional winner goes on to the Nationals at Claridge’s on 18th September.

Spotlight on: Redevelopment of Colston Hall, Bristol

Women in Property recently held a guided tour and talk on the upcoming redevelopment project at Colston Hall, courtesy of ARUP associates. The building is undergoing a £48.8million transformation to create a world-class venue for Bristol by 2020.

It was fascinating to look around the back-of-house areas and especially to see the Victorian vaulted cellars which are intended to be opened up as a performance space as part of the works, and hear of the proposed restoration works to the historic façade of the original building. We are eagerly awaiting an invitation back during the course of the works and look forward to reporting on progress.

Written by Rachael Sherratt, Associate Director at Noma Architects & Women in Property PR lead

For more information on Women in Property see the website: https://www.womeninproperty.org.uk

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