• 23 May 2024
  • In-person
  • Networking

UKREiiF Seminar Representation on Built Environment Boards panel

Scale your way up to becoming a board member in the built environment.

This event centres around how to get onto the board of a built environment company, as well as some of the initiatives that are championing greater board diversity.

This panel discussion aims to enlighten individuals on how to scale up their way in a firm or organization to become a board member, including ideas and initiatives that champion diversity within boards.

The built environment industry has lost significant talent over the last two decades as people have pursued other career paths due to the relative attractiveness of alternative sectors, as well as a lack of awareness across all communities of the fantastic opportunities in our sector.

This session will also explore how the make-up of boardrooms can impact recruitment and retention.


  • 12.00 – Welcome and introductions
  • 12.05 – Keynote speech
  • 12.15 – Panel discussion
  • 12.45 – Q&A with audience
  • 13.00 – Session close



Event Moderator: Dinsdale Bowen-Wright

Dinsdale has over 15 years of recruitment, international sales, and operations experience in the financial services and health & social care sectors. A talented leader with a proven track record of building successful teams to serve and deliver talent, products, and services with the aim of adding value to the process. He is also a passionate advocate for equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

Kate Kenny - Senior Vice President and General Manager, Jacobs, P&PS B&I Europe

In her role as People & Places Solutions Senior Vice President and General Manager in Europe, Kate leads over 8,000 people in the delivery of critical buildings, power, transport, water and
environmental projects, bringing together knowledge and innovation from across the Jacobs organization to challenge the way we solve problems and shape the next generation of solutions for our clients.

Kate is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Melanie Leech CBE, CEO, British Property Federation

Melanie joined the British Property Federation as Chief Executive in January 2015, following nine years as Director General of the Food and Drink Federation.

Melanie began her working life as a Police Constable in the Metropolitan Police Service. She joined the civil service (HM Customs) in 1988 and subsequently held senior roles in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Office of the Rail Regulator and the Cabinet Office.

Her role is to champion UK real estate and to promote a long-term, sustainable partnership between governments and the sector to deliver a high quality built environment, and to create wealth.

Melanie is a Fellow of the RSA and a Trustee of LandAid, the property industry charity. In 2015, she was awarded a CBE for services to the food and drink industry.

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