11 April 2019
Women in Property has unveiled our Associate Director Kam Saini as its new Midlands Chairman. She will lead the Birmingham-based branch of the national property and construction lobbying and networking organisation until April 2020.
Based in our Birmingham office, Kam has been a member of Women in Property for two years. She has committed herself to its ethos of support and encouragement, not only for peers in the workplace, but also for young women considering a career in the property and construction industry.
Kam said: “Over the coming year, as an organisation, we will be focusing our attention on the skills shortage that is already evident. This means getting into schools to talk about how great it is working in this industry, the variety, and the opportunities out there. Inspiring children at a young age is particularly important and critical to encouraging diversity in the future.”
“The industry must also retain women already working in the built environment sector, who might be struggling with anything from a lack of flexibility in their working hours to needing advice on being more ‘visible’ for their own career development. We can’t afford to lose these skilled women at a time when the country really needs them.”
Sarah Butterfield, Director at WYG, Birmingham, said: “It’s great to see Kam taking on this role and stepping up from Vice-Chairman. She has some great ideas for events and initiatives for the coming year and she has our full support. Women in Property provides excellent learning, networking and business development opportunities for professionals at all levels in a friendly environment.”
“Experience tells us that relationships developed at graduate levels often come to fruition as peers grow together. Providing such a welcoming environment for all is a major benefit. We look forward to seeing the West Midlands branch grow and flourish further with Kam at the helm.”
Gerald Sweeney, Director at WYG and head of the Birmingham office, said: “Kam has all the leadership skills and focus needed to build on the success of Women in Property. The group is in safe hands as she continues to ensure Women in Property remains relevant in making meaningful change in diversity and across the Midlands.”
Women in Property adopts a 360-degree approach, across the pre- and whole-career spectrum focusing on school visits, careers fairs and talks, together with the 2019 National Student Awards for built environment undergraduates, which are already well underway across the UK. Members can benefit from the organisation’s well-respected cross-discipline mentoring programme and attend a wide range of professional development events, including training for panel and conference debates, workshops and site visits to new schemes. Recent events in the Midlands area have included a day at the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Mentoring Training and Networking for International Women’s Day.
To learn more about Women in Property, please visit their website.