LocatED celebrates appointments to industry diversity and inclusion posts

  • 19th January 2024

Three members of the LocatED team have been appointed to the Government Property D&I Shadow Board while Rav Cheema joins the Real Estate Balance Policy and Campaigns Committee.

LocatED’s commitment to promoting greater diversity and inclusion (D&I) within the property sector has been further demonstrated in recent weeks as four colleagues have taken up sought-after positions on two important industry D&I committees.

After successfully getting through a competitive selection process towards the end of last year, Nimo Ege, Nadia Persaud, and Alex Ward were appointed to the latest cohort on the Government Property Diversity & Inclusion Shadow Board.

The Shadow Board comprises government property professionals from more junior grades and/or under-represented groups and mirrors the Property Leaders Board, discussing the same proposals and papers and providing insight and challenge to be considered by senior leaders.

There is also a mutual mentoring element, pairing up mentors with a property leader mentee to help better understand barriers faced by staff and identify ways to tackle them.

Meanwhile, Cheema has secured a place on the Real Estate Balance Policy and Campaigns Committee (PCC) for the next three years.

The PCC is Real Estate Balance’s primary diversity and inclusion activity, development, and thought leadership forum.

Commenting on the flurry of recent appointments, LocatED chief executive, Lara Newman, said, “Promoting greater diversity and inclusivity across the property industry is important to LocatED as a company and me personally.

Rav Cheema, Nadia Persaud, Nimo Ege, and Alex Ward

“As such, I am delighted to see such passionate and talented individuals earn places on these boards and not only have the opportunity to grow professionally, but also have a positive impact on the wider industry.”

LocateED is a Government-owned education property advisory firm.

Incorporated in 2016, it was established to buy and develop sites for the Government’s Free Schools Programme and has a framework agreement with the Department for Education.

It has individual acquisition budgets to spend on sites that can deliver 10,000-175,000sq ft of gross internal floor area on brownfield, greenfield, and mixed-use sites as well as in existing buildings that can satisfy size requirements, making it one of the largest land purchasers in the UK.

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