Mandy St John Davey, well known property developer and private landlord from Wales takes the helm at Women in Property – the first Welsh woman to do so in its 30-year history.
Mandy St John Davey, 57, will be at the forefront of the property and construction industry lobbying and networking organisation from Friday March 1 for one year.
“I’m delighted to be asked to take on this significant UK-wide role. Now, more than ever, we need to inspire, support and nurture the young people coming through the pipeline into this sector via our schools, colleges and universities.
“It is equally important we retain women in the industry and give them opportunities to flourish in the hope that they too, will ‘leave the ladder down’ for the next generation.
“My aim during the next 12 months is to inspire and support our members, the organisation has something to offer at all levels of a woman’s career and is constantly evolving to meet those demands.
“I see this as a 360-degree approach. where we will focus on our school visits, careers fairs and talks and we are already well into the 2019 National Student Awards for built-environment undergraduates.
“We already have a well-respected cross-discipline mentoring programme and hold a range of professional development events including training for panel and conference debates and our work in increasing the number of women on Boards, so we really do tackle skills and growth at every level.”
Mandy, a former Women in Property South Wales branch Chairman, is a professional property developer, entrepreneur, business mentor and property coach, who has built a property portfolio in the UK and overseas (www.mandystjohndavey.com).
She has a strong ethos of ‘giving back’ through support and encouragement, not just through mentoring peers in the workplace but particularly of young people considering a career in property and construction.
In her forthcoming year as National Chairman of Women in Property, Mandy wants to focus her attention on the skills shortage already evident across the industry but that will no doubt be exacerbated in a post-Brexit Britain. She will hold the role of National Chairman until 29th February 2020.