The Association of Women in Property (WiP) has announced its new Yorkshire & North East branch chairman.
Hannah Richardson, associate: Chartered Town Planner at Spawforths, Leeds, takes on the role.
Hannah, who has been a member of WiP for five years, has over 17 years of professional experience in the property industry, working within both the public and private sectors.
Hannah joined Spawforths in 2007 and provides professional advice to a wide range of developers, housebuilders, landowners, and commercial clients. Her specialisms include project management of significant major development schemes, in addition to the preparation, submission and negotiation of planning applications, appeals and environmental statements.
She said: “WiP was formed 30 years ago to support women working in the property and construction sector and is still of great importance today, with our focus on promoting diversity, flexible working and professional development, at every level.
“Inspiring and encouraging young people into the property sector, is also a large part of what WiP is seeking to achieve. We engage with, and mentor students from the region’s universities, who are studying a course in the Built Environment, through the WiP Student Awards initiative.
“Networking, personal development and mentoring are still at the core of the Association. Being a Member of WiP gives the opportunity to attend professional and social networking events and access a very successful mentoring programme, which assists at every stage of a member’s career.”
Hannah has been responsible for reigniting WiP Members’ Breakfast Forums in the region, throughout 2017, which have been a great success, providing members with the opportunity to meet regularly and to discuss and debate current property issues.
Dave Rolinson, chairman of Spawforths, the largest dedicated planning and masterplanning consultancy in Yorkshire, said: “I am delighted that Hannah has been appointed as Yorkshire and North East Chairman for Women in Property. Spawforths is proud to support Hannah in this important role in supporting the careers of women in the property industry throughout the region.
“Within our business, we are committed to a policy of treating all of our employees equally, and aim to provide a working environment and culture, which recognise and value difference, by bringing together people with different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders and skill sets.”
Spawforths is fully supportive of Women In Property and has sponsored the Summer Party, both in 2016 and 2017.
In the Yorkshire & North East area, recent WiP events – the majority of which are open to both men and women – include Global City Leeds with Arcadis and Leeds City Council focusing on the future of the city, a visit to the JORVIK Viking Centre in York and, coming up in December, a Visible Women networking lunch.
The Branch will be welcoming in the festive season with its popular annual Christmas Cocktails on 30th November, at Harvey Nichols in Leeds.