Women in Building Consultancy

Welcome to the Summer edition of Building Consultancy Today

I am delighted to have been invited to introduce this newsletter as Chair of CBRE UK Women’s Network which is celebrating its 10th year in 2015.

What a difference a decade makes!  When we formed the UK Women’s Network 10 years ago we had less than 300 members and the only other CBRE Women’s Network was in the US. Now our Network includes over 600 women, who represent around one- third of our UK professional staff and there are CBRE Women’s Networks across the world. We are proud of the progress we have made over the last 10 years in attracting and retaining some of the best women in real estate and our involvement in wider property industry initiatives to broaden the diversity of the sector. There is more to do but CBRE are committed to increasing opportunities for everyone to excel in their careers.

This edition of the newsletter features six members of our Women’s Network who work in Building Consultancy & Planning. The interviews highlight the range and breadth of their expertise, entrepreneurship and experience, demonstrating why they choose to work at CBRE and how they are helping our clients to maximise their assets.

Best wishes,

Sue Clayton,
Executive Director, Capital Markets
Chair of CBRE UK Women’s Network

Influencing Change within the RICS

Being the youngest  RICS Matrics Board member and admitted as a RICS Fellow at age 32 is a proud achievement for Nicola Woolford, Head of National Portfolios for Building Surveying and an Associate Director. Nicola talks about her role on the RICS board, helping to restructure the APC process and managing the Building Surveying work for our national business.

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Starting from the Ground Up

After introducing a new service offering 8 years ago, Julie Townsend, Head of Environmental Consultancy and a Senior Director explains how she continues to grow her team of experts covering all aspects of environmental risk. Ground contamination and flood risk are only some of the issues the team uncovers which can save clients potentially large sums of money.

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The Benefits of Good Lighting

Good lighting design can really make a difference to your building and in today’s fast paced market, investing in lighting design can help landlords attract tenants and companies attract a workforce. Despina Tselegkaridou, a Lighting Specialist in our Engineering Projects and Design team discusses how a love of photography encouraged her to find the creative opportunity in engineering.

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Balancing a Career and Family Life

Visiting client building sites is important to Danielle Mellors, Associate Director in our Capital Allowances team who loves her job in this industry. She discusses balancing a hectic home life with her 2 children and her job which has been made easier with technology that is now available.

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A Graduate’s Perspective

Graduate project managers and surveyors experience a range of property challenges as they rotate through the  business. Hazel Richards, a Graduate in our Project Management team discusses her experience as a junior team member and talks about the enjoyment of working on fascinating projects from pilot through to development stages.

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From Project Management to Managing Planning

From working as a project manager to leading the UK Planning team, Emma Davies, Managing Director of Planning and Executive Director explains the challenges of taking on the MD role and how she still enjoys working on client projects.  

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This quarter we predict:

  • Government moves to speed up planning
  • Divisions on Europe impact development
  • Construction inflation levels
  • New impetus for large infrastructure projects
  • Collaboration software frees employees from the office
  • Sub contractor insolvency to increase
  • Increase in European due diligence transactional activity