Diverse Leaders in the Built Environment


Registration & refreshments


Chair’s introduction 

Chair: Dr Wei Yang, Chairman, Wei Yang + Partners


Opening address
Examining diversity across leadership in the built environment

  • Statistics on diversity at all levels, sector figures & key organisational objectives
  • Latest strategies to improve diversity in leadership across the built environment
  • Challenges faced so far in improving diversity & inclusivity in leadership


Morning panel 
Leadership for all: challenging traditional leadership paths & behaviours

  • Personal reflections of leadership journey
  • Tackling the cultural and practical obstacles diverse leaders face 

SPEAKER: Joanne DrewDirector of Housing & Regeneration, London Borough of Enfield
SPEAKER: Raj Patel, CEO, Housing Diversity Network
SPEAKER: Barbara Brownlee, Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing, Westminster City Council


Networking & refreshment break


Midday workshop
Tackling unconscious bias in the workplace

An interactive workshop providing practical examples and tips for tackling unconscious bias.




Afternoon panel
Amplifying diverse voices: leveraging our differences to drive success

An interactive discussion on the benefits of having a diverse leadership team, improving results & driving success across an organisation. 

SPEAKER: Hakeem Osinaike FCIH, Director of Housing, Brent Council
SPEAKER: Marina Robertson, Senior Director, NPS Group
SPEAKER: Chris Edwards, CSR & Diversity Director, Travers Smith & Board Member, Freehold (Real Estate LGBT Network)


Closing address
Leading a change in culture: where do we go from here?

  • Building a culture of inclusion and respect across the built environment
  • Raising the visibility of diverse leaders in the built environment
  • Practical advice for increasing & championing diversity throughout your organisation
  • Managing the challenges of modern leadership: getting on and staying on


Chair's closing remarks

Chair: Dr Wei Yang, Chairman, Wei Yang + Partners


Conference close