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BAME retention in the built environment

Watch the recording of our session on BAME retention at UK Construction Week

As yet another report is circulated highlighting the well documented lack of diversity and social mobility in the sector, isn’t it time to come together and deliver something practical and sustainable that will enable more people from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities to begin and succeed in built environment careers? How about a practical solution that can be developed together and used by both clients and other organisations that work with diverse audiences to provide a more effective service?


We joined in with Bola Abisogun OBE, Founder and Chair of DiverseCity Surveyors, and other key speakers to run a session on diversity and inclusion from a BAME perspective. This session offers a real solution to the question of how we challenge and change the culture of the industry. The aim of this event was not to be a talking shop or to produce a report, but to bring about structural and sustainable change. If you missed the session live, you can watch the recording on YouTube.


One participant commented: 

"Right time, right place for this platform. Great work."

Another added: 

"We have tried to change the environment by stealth. But now we need to be a bit more direct."

Members of the panel for this session were:

  • Allan Lwanga MRICS, Global Programme Lead – CBRE
  • Ayo Ajayi MRICS, Director – Colliers International
  • Bola Abisogun OBE FRICS, Founder and Chairman – DiverseCity Surveyors
  • Deidre Toussaint MRICS, Senior Cost Manager – Turner & Townsend
  • Learie Gonsalves MRICS, Director – One Building Solution Ltd

16/10/2020 09:57:28