Women in Property announces new Yorkshire and North East Chair

Faye Durkin

Women in Property has announced its incoming Yorkshire and North East Chair for 2022/23.

Faye Durkin takes on the role leading the regional property and construction industry influencing and networking organisation, from today, for one year.

Faye is Head of Ecology and Regional Director at Ecus Ltd based in Sheffield, where she specialises in ecological impact assessment and mitigation design.

Faye said: “I’ve always been passionate about supporting inclusivity and have used my time as a Women in Property committee member to support Outreach initiatives in the Yorkshire and North East region, such as working with schools in underprivileged areas.

“This will be a real area of focus for us both regionally and nationally in 2022. Inclusivity has been a core value of Women in Property since its inception back in 1987 and our work continues with this at its heart. Now, the conversation is less about gender specifically and we must continue to break through the barriers, the preconceived ideas that still make it difficult for many people to succeed, whether because of gender, race, age, disability or social mobility.”

Andrew Gunning, MD of Ecus Ltd said: “Faye Durkin is a Regional Director within Ecus Ltd, a medium sized, rapidly growing, Environmental Consultancy based in Sheffield.  Faye leads a team of ecologists and project managers and, as a member of the senior leadership team, also contributes to the wider development of the company.

“In this role Faye has proved to be a very effective leader who is trusted by her colleagues, clients and other key stakeholders. In addition, Faye is a great communicator, particularly with respect to disseminating information about complex topics such as ‘biodiversity net gain’, about which she is passionate.

“On this topic Faye has presented to many companies and organisations in the infrastructure, land development and governmental sectors and has also appeared on UK national TV news. I fully endorse Faye as Chair of the Yorkshire and North East Branch of Women in Property and am certain she will make a great success of the role.”

Faye will be supported in her role by incoming Vice Chair, Helen Randerson of Gleeson Homes, holding the role of Yorkshire and North East Chair until February 28, 2023, when Helen succeeds her.

Women in Property in Yorkshire and North East is volunteer-led and runs both in person and virtual events, including CPD-style sessions, panel discussions and soft skills, site visits and social networking, as well as participating in the organisation’s Outreach, Mentoring and Student Awards programmes.  Upcoming events include Building the Nightingales – A Celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, to be held at BDP in Sheffield.

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