Brian Berry is Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders. Prior to his current position Brian was Director of External Affairs at the FMB with responsibility for UK and EU policy, public affairs and media relations. Before the FMB, he worked at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), where he was Head of UK Public Policy. Brian regularly provides commentary on construction issues for TV, Radio, national and trade press.
Harish Bhayani is Senior Partner of PRM Diversity Consultants (www.prmdiversityconsultants.co.uk). He has specialised as a diversity consultant, trainer and researcher since 2001. His expertise is grounded in some 20 years of prior experience working in large corporations such as Exxon Mobil and Deloitte. Harish has developed leading edge initiatives in areas such as Unconscious Bias, Diversity Strategy, Inclusive Recruitment, Diversity Benchmarking and Supplier Diversity.
Managing Director, Construction Coach
With a career spanning over 20 years in the industry as a Quantity Surveyor, Project Manager and Risk Manager, Maria’s interest in personal development led her to become a qualified personal and business coach in 2012.
Maria is passionate about bringing positive and lasting change to the industry and launched Construction Coach in 2014 working with SME’s and micro-businesses to grow themselves, their businesses and their people through coaching and training.
Maria won the first Women in Construction category at the 2016 Nottingham Post Women in Business awards and her on-line course for the Chartered Institute of Building on Ethics and Compliance in Construction came Highly Commended at the 2017 MemCom Awards.
As well as being a regional board member for the RICS, Maria is Chair of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) for the East Midlands, a Non-Executive Director on the Construction Industry Council national board and Chair of the CIC Diversity and Inclusion Panel.
RICS Diversity & Inclusion Director
Barry Cullen has over 20 years’ experience in inspiring, educating and supporting a range of people from a variety of backgrounds into work and careers. Responsible for developing unique programmes and projects that have local and international appeal, Barry’s expertise covers skills, employability, apprenticeships, and helping firms to reap the tangible benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Barry is leading the delivery of RICS’s ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ strategy, which aims to build a 21st century professional body through equality, diversity and inclusion. For more information on RICS’s future talent work and initiatives visit: www.rics.org/diversity.
Peter is Head of Education in the Engineering Policy Unit of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, where he leads a programme to raise the profile of engineering in schools and to broaden interest in the subject beyond traditional archetypes. In 2017 he co-authored a report ‘Stay or Go’ exploring the attrition of female engineers in early career. He started out as a biology and psychology teacher in comprehensive schools in Sussex and London, before joining the Wellcome Trust where he led the charity’s schools work, developed their education policy activity and conceived and led with government the establishment of the UK Science Learning Centres initiative.
Tony Ginda BA (Hons) CMgr, FCMI
Membership Development Director
Tony has over 18 years working within the private and not for profit sectors and is a graduate in marketing. He joined CABE in 2016 and has led acquisition, retention and engagement strategies within membership organisations. To assist with shaping the future of the built environment Tony also sits on the Construction Industry Council Membership Panel and the Diversity Panel. He also encourages representation though members on the 2050 panel that engages with young people.
Vanessa Howell is head of professional standards at the Chartered Institute of Housing – the sector’s professional body – where she leads on the organisation’s work to equip professionals with the skills, knowledge and expertise they need to excel. She has worked in education for 25 years and has wide-ranging experience of developing and driving standards of practice across a range of professions. Vanessa also played a crucial role in helping the government to shape the new housing apprenticeships as part of the trailblazer group and is now driving CIH’s work with employers to maximise the changes to bring through new talent.
Chris is a Chartered Building Engineer, Fellow of The Chartered Association of Building Engineers, Fellow of Chartered Association of Building and Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. Following a successful career in the public sector as a Building Surveyor Chris moved into education heading up the Postgraduate Building Surveying course at Nottingham Trent University.
Following an accident in 2006, where he suffered life-changing injuries, Chris became acutely aware that much of the Built environment remains inaccessible for people with disabilities, which has driven much of his current research.
Kathryn Lennon-Johnson is an Entrepreneur, Author, TEDx Speaker, Teacher and Consultant with over 18 years of experience in behaviour change.
The built environment matters; it has consequences. It is so intrinsically linked to health and socio-economic issues that Kathryn recognised the opportunity to address the construction skills shortage while attracting the next generation into construction to promote change and create places and spaces that benefit us all. She is the Founder of Built Environment Skills in Schools and author of Selling for Entrepreneurs (Pearson Prentice Hall 2009); her next book, 'Building the Future' is due for publication in 2018.
Carol is CEO of Construction Youth Trust, a leading construction charity which inspires young people about the breadth of careers the built environment offers and supports young people to overcome barriers they may face to working successfully in the industry. A civil engineer by training, Carol worked on major construction projects, including the Channel Tunnel. Since then, she has worked in the voluntary and community sector for over 20 years and was previously Chief Executive of Kent Community Foundation and Managing Director of Worklife Support, a social enterprise providing training and support programmes to schools.
Kate joined HS2 Ltd as Head of Skills and Employment in January 2016 and leads the approach to skills, employment and education. This includes developing the skills and employment requirements on the supply chain, as well as the HS2 Education programme.
Before HS2 Ltd, Kate spent seven years at Crossrail Ltd. Initially she was responsible for marketing and communications on the skills agenda before moving over to lead the education and diversity programmes. She was seconded to the Department of Transport in 2015 to work on the Transport and Infrastructure Skills Strategy.
Chief Executive, Housing Diversity Network
Raj was the founding Chair of Ashram Housing Association in Birmingham and has worked in equality and diversity for more than a quarter of a century. He has led organisations and consultancies in UK, Asia, Africa and Latin America. He has served on several housing association, school governing, and NGO boards. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in EDI and in leadership. He reckons ‘Constructing and advocating active equality, diversity and inclusion are the right and best ways for organisations and communities.’
Christina transitioned from male to female in the workplace in 2014 while working at Balfour Beatty in the construction sector. She graduated at the University of the West of England with a Building Engineering & Management Degree in 1993. Her career began working as an assistant site engineer at St Johns College Oxford , and went on to work on projects like the British Airways World Cargo Centre , where she was an Assistant Site Manager.
Christina moved into the Planning Department and moved onto more challenging projects including the Olympic Village ,Lakeside Shopping Centre and All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon. After 23 years with Gallford Try she moved to Balfour Beatty to work on 13 schools including a new secondary school in Reading.
Since her transition , Christina has become an ambassador for the company and has given over 35 industry talks on Equality, Diversity , Inclusion , Fairness and Respect. As well as talks on mental health support in the workplace.
Christina became chair of the Balfour Beatty LGBT and Allies Network in 2015 , and has been recognised with a number of awards including the British LGBT Awards Corporate Rising Star. Christina lead the network to win at the CECA Civil Engineers Contractors Association Awards in 2016.
Christina is also a CITB Construction Ambassador , giving talks in schools on careers advice.
Her volunatary work over laps with her day job, and has been invited to a number of high profile clients to speak on Diversity and Inclusion , and transitioning in the workplace. Christina works closely with Executive Sponsors on the Balfour Beatty board, raising awareness of greater diversity and inclusion in the Construction industry.
Asif is a leading Diversity and Inclusion expert with a background in establishing and sustaining stability across international relations, diversity and inclusion of public and private platforms as well as creating an equal and diverse synergy between cross functional operations; a recognised leader of prevention through engagement and managed solutions with a grounded knowledge in diverse communities.
Asif is Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY (Ernst and Young) financial services UK, he joined EY as an Assistant Director for UK &I and was previously the Head of the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit for the City of London Police. Asif worked in a number of different departments across the Police during his time with the Police and he is currently a Special Sergeant within the City of London Police.
Asif has worked on a number of voluntary schemes to try to help people from the community, through this work Asif has received a number of awards including the Leadership, Enterprise and Citizenship Award, Mosaic (Princes’s Trust) Award for mentoring. NAMP Multi Faith Award, Police Officer of the Year Award, the Civil Servant of the Year Award and the prestigious Asian Professional Award. Asif was honoured last year in the Queen's birthday honours list with an MBE for his services to Policing and the Communities and is a Freeman of the City of London.
Sharon Slinger is the Director of Constructing Rainbows (www.constructingrainbows.co.uk), and works with organisations to improve their business through implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies. With a background in quantity surveying, Sharon has nearly 20 years’ experience of working in the construction industry for main contractors. She is a member of the Construction Industry Council Diversity and Inclusion panel, and the RICS Women of the Future Network.
Sharon also co-founded STEER Support & Mentoring CIC, a social enterprise which provide industry mentors for built environment students.
Sharon has won a number of awards for her work in diversity and inclusion.
@ ConstrucRainbow @SlingerSharon @STEERgroup
Livia Williams MBA FIoR
Women in Roofing, Co-Founder
Livia Williams MBA FIoR has over 19 years’ experience working in the construction industry. She has held several high-level, strategic business and charitable roles which have allowed her to have significant impact in shaping the diversity, fairness and skills agenda in the roofing sector as well as promoting collaboration in its supply chain and cross construction sector.
Livia has a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise in developing skills, career and training programmes which support employers with inclusive recruitment practices.
In 2012, Livia co-founded the Women in Roofing Group, an ambitious platform which brings likeminded people together promoting skills and diversity in the roofing sector and driving a positive culture for change. She has not only managed to “break the ceiling”, but she has also helped other women to succeed, inspire them and promote role models in the industry.