Free Webinar - Encouraging greater ethnicity and 'diversity of thought’ in construction

19 Jun
Friday 19th June 2020

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Webinar Overview

Despite the skills shortages in the construction industry, there is still a huge disparity of BAME individuals (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) in the sector, our speaker Bola Abisogun is on a mission to change this by helping to improve career opportunities for all and transform the industry of today. Encouraging greater ethnicity in construction Bola's pursuit to encourage greater ethnic diversity in construction led to him founding construction and project management business UrbanIS in 2003, with the aim to deliver inclusive solutions through the engagement of 'hard to reach' groups in and across inner-city London boroughs.

This webinar will be characterised by Bola's frank and clear style of taking head-on challenging conversations, and his talk and the opportunity for discussion will hopefully result in greater focus on encouraging the diversity that is sorely needed.ours List.

Speaker: Bola Abisogun OBE FRICS

Executive Director / Chairman at DiverseCity Surveyors

Bola qualified as a Quantity Surveyor in 1999 and is committed to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors [RICS] where he remains a licensed APC Assessor, nurturing the next generation of aspiring Chartered Quantity Surveyors and a member of the London Regional Board. A Fellow of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors [RICS], Bola was appointed as Chair of the Equality & Human Rights Commissions’ in 2010 to lead the Construction Leadership and Diversity Forum [CLDF] developed in response to the EHRC Inquiry “Race Discrimination in the UK Construction Industry”.

Bola’s principal objective is to promote the construction sector / surveying profession and increase the retention of ethnic minorities, active within sector / profession, in the UK. He currently Chairs a unique, pan-London project called Moving on Up (MoU), a multi-million pound initiative supported by the (Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan) and jointly funded by Trust for London and the City Bridge Trust.

Bola’s long term aspiration is to positively influence UK public and private sector policy on ‘diversity of thought’ where opportunities, across the construction sector, in particular are premised upon individual talent and capability. He is focused on promoting the Surveying profession and establishing clear paths to success for young people, with a particular focus on those from non-traditional and BAME backgrounds. In recognition of his well documented efforts, Bola was awarded the OBE, a Queens Honour, for Services to Diversity and to Young People in the Construction Industry in the 2019 New Years Honours List.