29 Jan 2020
What does it take to get to the top in the property industry? The BPF Futures community held its first joint event with Homes England in January alongside Avison Young, meeting at Avison Young’s London office to network, discuss issues relating to diversity, inclusion and social mobility, and receive some invaluable advice from leading industry figures.
The evening included a panel-style discussion with Jason Sibthorpe, Principal and President of Avison Young UK; Helen Gordon, CEO of Grainger Plc and President of the British Property Federation; and Nick Walkley, Chief Executive of Homes England, giving a fascinating insight into their careers in property, their approach to leadership and issues facing the modern workplace.
These are topics that many of us have considered in our day-to-day roles. However, each panel member was able to offer fresh insights from their individual experiences. Some takeaways from the discussion include:
Another key lesson concerned the importance of being your authentic self and ensuring you are upfront and truthful. To achieve this it is important to maintain your integrity and principles throughout your career, and to manage people in your own style rather than just following others. The panel members all presented great examples of doing just that.
Alex Bonnett is a BPF Futures member and Surveyor at Avison Young.