Diversity networks in the real estate profession and diversity at Cripps

10 January, 2019

The Property Week and Deverell Smith Open Plan revealed, of the property professionals surveyed, that those that felt diversity issues were having a negative impact on their career cited Age (33%) and Gender (28%) as the biggest factors. 

Here is some information about diversity networks within the real estate profession and diversity at Cripps.

My top five networks

  1. Pathways to Property – launched by RREF, in partnership with British Land and the Sutton Trust, this initiative aims to attract talented students from less advantaged and non-traditional backgrounds into the property sector.  The project is designed to offer students an insight into university life, studying real estate and career opportunities through a Summer School held at the University of Reading.  Successful students will then receive additional support such as mentoring, bursaries or scholarships and internships.
  2. Women in Property – this network creates opportunities, expands knowledge and inspires change for women working in the property and construction industry.  Their network links members to fellow professionals across the UK.  Women in Property is multi-disciplinary, encouraging an exchange of ideas and sharing of expertise, often through best practice workshops, site visits, key note talks and social events. Our Frederica Jackson will be Chairman of the South-East branch of Women in Property from 1 March 2019.
  3. Freehold – property specific networking forum for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender real estate professionals working within the real estate sector.  With the backing and support of Stonewall, the aim of Freehold is to address the equality gap for the LGBT community within the property sector.
  4. REWIRE – part of Estate Gazette’s mission to help “rewire” the real estate sector to create a more diverse sector.  Initially launched as a club for women of all levels in the real estate sector, REWIRE is now evolving to provide a platform on all diversity issues.
  5. DiverseCity Surveyors – offers support services and educational training to BAME surveyors who are members of RICS.  This network also provides career advice and runs networking events throughout the year.

Diversity at Cripps

At Cripps, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace and supporting our local community to achieve these objectives.

To underline our commitment to a more inclusive workplace, we have signed the Law Society’s Charter on Diversity.  The Charter promotes diversity and equality across the entire legal profession.

Cripps have been running a reading scheme in partnership with a local school for 10 years.  Last year we launched a mentoring scheme with a local secondary school to assist disadvantaged students with their personal and career objectives.

We have also last year launched our first Equality Diversity and Inclusion Group made up of employees.  This group has already organised activities to support Tunbridge Wells Pride, World Sight Day and a Q&A session with our charity of the year, Rethink Mental Illness.