16 February 2018
The British Property Federation (BPF) Futures advisory board, on which ISG is represented as the only construction contractor, recently visited the heart of UK government as it continues to pursue its ambition of shaping the industry’s youth voice.
ISG’s commercial property manager, Sophia Nesro, and her fellow representatives on the BPF Futures advisory board, met Jamie Cowling, the housing and planning adviser to the Prime Minister, at 10 Downing Street to discuss diversity and inclusion in construction, as well as ways in which government policy can be adapted to ease the development cycle.
The BPF has historically advised government on policy relating to the built environment, and set up its Futures network to enable young professionals from the property and construction sectors to collaborate, and offer a young, centrally focussed perspective on governmental policies.
The advisory board presented on their key objectives, as well as the issue of attracting more diverse talent into the industry, the reputational issues it continues to face and how the Futures network can work with government to ensure the industry’s voice is representative and innovative.
The board also delivered its personal recommendations on the revised National Planning Policy Framework draft and the current UK development landscape as a whole.
On the BPF Futures visit to 10 Downing Street, Sophia said: “It was fantastic to have the opportunity to meet directly with decision-makers and discuss the issues that impact our industry from every angle, as well as what we can do to ensure we continue to make progress together moving forward.
“A strong network is so important in this industry, and fantastic opportunities are often right under our noses”.
“I encourage anyone who is interested in influencing policy, and the work of BPF Futures, to get involved as we continue to lead change in the construction sector.”
If you work in property or construction, have under 10 years’ experience in the industry and are interested in learning more about BPF Futures, please email Sophia Nesro.