26 February 2016
Planners from WYG’s Southampton office have helped launch the first Solent branch of the Women in Property (WiP) group.
Rebecca Humble and Caroline Gould, both Principal Planners at WYG, joined other WiP committee members at the launch of the branch on Tuesday. WiP, a national organisation, has 10 regional branches across the UK. Each is managed by a committee of female professionals from the local area, representing many different disciplines including planning, surveying, architecture and engineering. WiP provides a forum for women in the sector, as well as mentoring opportunities and nurturing talent in local schools and universities.
Rebecca said: “Women still represent only 15 per cent of the property and construction industry workforce and the aim of WiP is to help redress this balance.”
Over 60 people (both women and men) attended the launch in Winchester. The WiP National Chair, Lisa Jane Risk, gave an overview of the organisation. Following this, Martin Hawthorne, Director at WYG’s Southampton office, presented a case study on ‘Land East of Horndean’, a strategic mixed use development which was granted planning permission in February 2016. WYG provided extensive multi-disciplinary services for the project.
Rebecca and Caroline held WYG’s first Women in Planning event in October 2015. They will be organising a joint WYG and WiP event later in the year.
For more information on WiP and its future events visit http://www.womeninproperty.org.uk/ or contact Rebecca Humble or Caroline Gould at WYG on 02382 022800.