Yorkshire business women Monica Green and Sarah Wills will take the National and Yorkshire & North East chairmen roles respectively, this March.
Communications specalist Monica Green, co-owner of York-based The Partners Group, takes the helm of the national property networking and lobbying organisation, while Sarah Wills, associate planner at DLP Planning in Sheffield, becomes branch chairman. Both will be in post until 2021.
Monica, a former Yorkshire & North East branch chairman, has been a member of Women in Property for eight years and has been active on the regional committee.
Sarah is also a long-standing member of the organisation and well-known locally in her capacity as a private sector planner working with regional and local developers to deliver mixed-use town centre and residential schemes throughout the north of England.
In the forthcoming year, they will help grow the work Women in Property has been doing across the country, addressing workplace issues including flexible working patterns, mentoring women at all stages in their career, supporting women returners and mental wellbeing.
Monica said: “As well as my professional property and construction industry specialism, as a director of a successful business I understand the issues facing employers and employees alike. Business – and in particular the property industry – still has a lot of work to do to challenge stereotypes, celebrate diversity, champion role models and achieve a more balanced workplace.”
Sarah said: “Through Women in Property we are able to use our influence to help businesses make cultural change, which is good for everyone.
“This could include anything from running events that focus on wellness, to training women to confidently have their say during panel discussions, to expanding industry know-how through workshops and site visits. Women in Property gives women in the industry a voice and the power to influence this change.”
Lydia Sadler, sirector from DLP Planning, said: “As a Company, we recognise the importance of gender equality and that this needs to be promoted throughout our industry. Associations such as Women in Property are essential in raising the profile of the success women are achieving and supporting all in respect of an equal environment to make the most of opportunities and further their careers.
“DLP Planning Ltd is pleased to have been able to support Sarah in the important work she has been involved in with Women in Property over the last three years and we are delighted that she now has the opportunity to offer support and encouragement to fellow professionals and further influence change as Yorkshire and NE Branch chairman.”
Upcoming events run by the Yorkshire & North East branch include a Networking Parents lunch on 26th February, a conference on Modern Methods of Construction on March 3, a Visible Women’s lunch to mark International Women’s Day on March 10, and a chocolate factory tour in April.
Monica Green and Sarah Wills take up their roles from March 1, 2020 until February 28, 2021.