Women in Property has announced its incoming Yorkshire and North East branch Chair for 2021/22. Kate Girling takes the role as regional head of the property and construction industry influencer and networking organisation from 1 March, for one year.
Kate, who has been a member of Women in Property for 12 years and on the committee for three, is a Senior Planner at Rural Solutions based in Skipton. In her current role, Kate specialises in advising on and delivering a range of high quality rural developments and diversification projects. Rural Solutions also specialises in ‘paragraph 79’ houses of exceptional and innovative design, having successfully achieved a number of consents across the UK.
In her forthcoming year, Kate 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.
Kate said: “It has been a very difficult year for a lot of people, as we have all had to adapt to change and tackle new challenges. I am looking forward to working with the committee over the next 12 months to continue to offer our support to members and provide a great programme of events.
“Great strides have been made in this industry, but we know work still needs to be done to challenge stereotypes, celebrate diversity, champion role models and achieve a more balanced workplace.”
Joanne Halton, head of Planning at Rural Solutions, said: “We are hugely supportive of Kate as she takes on the role of Chair of Women in Property for Yorkshire and the North East. We are great advocates of greater diversity in the industry. At present 56 per cent of all Rural Solutions employees are female. We look forward to supporting Kate’s efforts over the coming year.”
Since the pandemic started early in 2020, Women in Property has continued to support members, transferring CPD, informal events and mentoring online. Taking to the virtual world, Women in Property successfully ran over 100 events, of which Yorkshire and the North East hosted 15, ranging from seminars on topics such as Modern Methods of Construction, virtual site visits and events focused on wellbeing and mental health. All Women in Property events are available across the national platform.
Kate will hold the role of Yorkshire and North East Chair until 28 February 2022.