In its two previous years the summit has focused on encouraging much needed gender equality and increased inclusion for women across the construction, engineering and housing sectors. While this remains a key focus of paramount importance to us and many others, the problem of under representation in our sector does not end there. And so we are widening our focus in 2019 and beyond..

The future is a pretty vibrant and diverse place. It doesn’t settle for the tired old norms established in a bygone age. It draws on talent and experience, regardless of our differences, because that’s how you make the most of every opportunity to grow and prosper.

But with an ageing workforce, a critical skills gap and a need to embrace the potential of new technologies, the time is ripe for our sector to diversify its workforce and better reflect the society where we live and work.

After all, how else to innovate and deliver the solutions to society’s complex challenges than by pooling perspectives and widening our mutual understanding?

2018 Video Highlights

The Inspire Summit returns for it’s third year on the 5th June 2019 and over the course of a one day conference (awarding 5 CPD points) we will hear from industry leaders on diversity, inclusion and innovation on how we are to inspire a new generation – irrespective of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability – to embrace a career in the building industry.

We are delighted to offer free places to students looking to embark on a career in the built environment.

Why attend?

Be inspired by keynote presentations from leading professionals in their field
Help inspire the next generation and meet the next crop of professionals coming into the industry
Join the debate on how we change the culture of the industry to be more diverse & inclusive
Gain valuable insights on making your organisation more inclusive from experts on EDI
Network with over 250 leading professionals – including leading voices on training, corporate responsibility and equality, diversity & inclusion
Showcase your organisation to some of the UK’s leading construction clients from rail, infrastructure, housing, commercial property and the public sector

One amazing day…

CPD Points

The opportunity for women to enter the construction industry and do well is still a bit of a challenge, and the summit is there to offer opportunity, explain what it looks like and how it feels to work in an exciting industry that’s there for them.

Karen Armitage Chief Executive, Stafford & Rural Homes

We all know about the talent shortages in the construction, engineering and design world.  The Inspire Summit is a great opportunity to harness the excitement for the future workforce.

Barbra Carlisle Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Arcadis UK

As a career changer, I am really keen on attracting more women into the industry and also on engaging men to enable women to do that.  So I think the Inspire Summit is a brilliant opportunity for everyone to get to together, talk about those issues and make things happen.

Loretta Lipworth Chair & Co-Founder, NAWIC North West

The Inspire Summit for me is about inspiring the next generation through.  And it’s an amazing opportunity to hear brilliant stories and to get some tips on how to do that.

Emma Richman Director of Assets, Great Places Housing Group

This summit is an absolutely fantastic opportunity to come and see the diversity of what the industry has got to offer – not only for different careers but also for different career paths and progression.

Andy Stanley Associate Director, Turner & Townsend

I think it’s really important for Galliford Try to support the summit because we need to support women in construction.. actually we need to promote everybody in construction.  There is a massive skills shortage that we as a business have a social responsibility to address and it’s something we take very seriously

Leanne Smith Head of New Business, Galliford Try Partnerships

I’ve attended the Inspire Summit today with a number of my colleagues, men and women, we’ve learnt a huge amount and heard from some fantastic speakers.  We’re proud to be a sponsor of the event and I would encourage everyone to attend next year

Paul Chandler Group Managing Director, Wates Construction

I think it’s a unique opportunity for men in our sector to come and spend a day understanding the issues that face many women in our field and give them the opportunity to understand how they can help break down some of those barriers for women in construction

Nigel Wilson Chief Executive, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group

Only with equal participation can we achieve and inspire the next generation

Manjeeta Pathak Assistant Site Manager, Redrow Homes

It gets young women thinking about how they can make a real difference in construction

Lesley McLeod Chief Executive, Association of Project Safety (APS)

One really attractive thing about the Inspire Summit is the way it is designed to inspire future generations

Harish Bhayani Senior Partner, PRM Diversity Consultants

If you don’t try you will never know whether you can do something

Sian Massey Ellis The only female football match official working in the English Premier League

why just fit in when you can stand out?

Emma Nicholls Founder of Your Red Dress

Be unique and proud and make space to learn

Karen Armitage Chief executive of Stafford and Rural Homes

The sector is doing some good work. It is just getting that message out there

Sarah Fenton Strategic partnerships director (Midlands & North), CITB

We need to value people who work with their hands

Claire Schimmer Chair of Women on the Tools

We need to encourage parents to understand what construction is about

Christine Townley Skills, diversity and young people champion

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