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7. Creating Equality Opportunity


This two-part panel will kick-start with discussion on creating equal opportunity in the construction industry. Talent is not the issue; there are very few ‘accessible’ opportunities for young people – so how do we advocate more diverse professional appointments? This will be followed by an interactive brainstorming session with focus on a diversity ‘road map’ for creating change. 

Learn how to foster more diversity and inclusion in your business, by looking at leadership, people strategy, business model barriers and opportunities, sustainability and culture. 

Diana Chrouch and Bola Abisogun

Bola Abisogun is Associate Director at Cast, a real estate and construction consultancy. He was awarded an OBE in recognition of his work through UrbanIs – a professional construction and project management organisation campaigning for greater ethnic diversity within the industry. Bola’s work continues to make a business case for inclusivity; his BAME model has been deployed across a number of London Boroughs through projects such as the Decent Homes programmes. Bola founded DiverseCity Surveyors, a peer-to-peer network for BAME surveyors.

Diana Chrouch is an award-winning Diversity and Inclusion Specialist. She chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Worshipful Company of Constructors in the City of London and was instrumental in hosting a summit at the House of Lords in 2018 on women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles within the construction sector. A special advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group for BAME Business Owners, Diana is a Lead on the UK Economic Blueprint for women business owners.

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