Why We’re Sponsoring the Women in Property National Conference

9th March 2023 |

The 2023 Women in Property National Conference is set to take place in Bristol on 20 April, and we’re thrilled to be one of its sponsors.

With the theme of “Women Leading the Future”, the event will welcome engaging speakers on themes including mentoring, inclusive design and public realm, social anthropology, and the psychology of business.

John Perkins Construction has chosen to sponsor this vibrant conference as part of its efforts to raise the profile of women in construction. It follows JPC’s pledge to commit to the principles of the NFB’s Women in Construction Roadmap. Last year, JPC’s Pre-Construction Manager, Natalie Gale-Sides, was also recognised at the Top 100 Influential Women in Construction Awards.

“There have been many positive steps made in the last few years to better support women in construction,” comments Rupert Perkins, Managing Director of John Perkins Construction. “However, it is only by building on this that we will change attitudes in important places, such as in schools and within the construction community itself. There remain too many people who still don’t see construction as a positive career path for young women. We need to change this.”

Women in Property is at the forefront of this movement, doing excellent work to inspire change for women working in the property and construction industry. The organisation reinforces the idea that success should be founded on merit and expertise, rather than gender.

“Ever since I joined the industry, it’s surprised me how few women there are in what is, in most respects, a modern, clean environment,” says Rupert Perkins. “I was fortunate enough to be sponsored by Taylor Woodrow Construction through university and, on that scheme, to make some good female friends and acquaintances who’ve gone on to be highly successful in the industry. However, even in 2023, women in construction remain underrepresented.”

“It’s irrefutable that there should be full equality in our industry,” he adds, “and where barriers and disadvantages remain for women, these must be removed. The industry is desperately in need of more talented people. Why would you exclude 50% of the population from your industry?”

“The Women in Property National Conference promises to be an exciting event with an admirable mission,” he says, “and we’re proud to support it.”

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