Women in Property has announced its new South Wales Branch Chairman. Natalie Bell will lead the Cardiff-based branch of the national property and construction industry lobbying and networking organisation from 1st March 2019, for one year.
Natalie, Head of Business Development with Andrew Scott Ltd is a keen advocate of Women in Property and is committed to its ethos of support and encouragement, not only for peers in the workplace but for girls and young women considering a career in the property and construction industry. This is particularly important given the skills shortage across the industry.
“Over the coming year, as an organisation, we will be focusing our attention on the skills shortage that is already evident and which will be exacerbated in a post-Brexit Britain. This means getting into schools to talk about how great it is working in this industry, the variety and the opportunities out there. Inspiring children at a young age is particularly important.
“The industry must also retain women already working in the built environment sector, who might be struggling with anything from a lack of flexibility in their working hours, through to needing advice on being more ‘visible’ for their own career development. We can’t afford to lose these skilled women at a time when the country really needs them.”
Andrew Scott, Founder of Andrew Scott Ltd, said:
“We are delighted to give our support to Natalie in this exciting new role. It is imperative that perceptions and diversity in our industry change and we are proud that Natalie can be an ambassador for this, not only in her role within Women in Property, but also her role at Andrew Scott.”
Women in Property adopts a 360-degree approach across the pre-and whole career spectrum, focusing on school visits, careers fairs and talks, together with the 2019 National Student Awards for built environment undergraduates, which are already well underway across the UK. Members can benefit from the organisation’s well-respected cross-discipline mentoring programme and attend a wide range of professional development events, including training for panel and conference debates, workshops and site visits to new schemes. Recent events in South Wales have included networking and CPD events as well as site visits and lunch events with inspirational local female figures from the property sector.