We’re over the moon to see Rachel recognised by the Insider South West Property Awards for her inspirational work. She’s been a campaigner for inclusivity and diversity in the workplace throughout her career. Through her schools work, she has inspired many children – both boys and girls – to consider a future in the construction industry.
With a strong track record working in several different sectors, her current outward-facing role (Head of Business Development) is well suited to her broad industry knowledge and inclusive, smiling personality. On top of her day-to-day tasks, she has written articles, made public speeches, and is a commentator on hot issues; not least the skills shortage and gender pay gap.
Rachel is also part of our in-house equality team, committed to improving the balance of diversity in our business. On that issue, Rachel comments:
“This isn’t just a question of fairness, although of course that is incredibly important. It’s also about all the evidence out there that diversity of all kinds – racial and sexual orientation as well as gender – makes us better architects. To design buildings for all people, it helps if our team is inherently diverse.”
Earlier this year, Rachel completed her tenure as Chairman of the Southwest branch of the Association of Women in Property. Her hugely impactful time in this role saw membership rise, high profile speaking engagements, and the publication of an influential report into attracting and retaining a better work force into the property sector.
Standing up for women in property is a great article, written by Rachel, about her experience as chair.
Rachel can add Property Personality of the Year to numerous accolades; she is currently a CITB Construction Ambassador, and has just begun duties as a UK Construction Week Role Model ahead of the NEC-based event next week.
On being a role model, Rachel adds;
“I love going into schools and working with classes – inspiring them about the great opportunities in our industry. I also see my role as encouraging my construction contemporaries to take responsibility for promoting the extraordinary challenge, opportunity and excitement that awaits anyone who joins our industry. We can’t expect the next generation to fall into our laps – let’s go out there and inspire them!”
“Stand Tall” is her mantra – one she encourages everyone to do. Here we say, well done, Rachel; we’re very proud to stand tall with you.