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WSP to host ‘Diversity in Leadership’ event

WSP to host ‘Diversity in Leadership’ event

VIBE, the LGBT+ employee network group at WSP – one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms – is hosting an inclusive evening event in London on 10th May 2018 to talk about ‘Diversity in Leadership’, exploring the notion of how people in positions of leadership can best promote diversity in the workplace. You’re invited!

The event will showcase a number of guest speakers who are significant role models in positions of influence within the built environment industry and will highlight the continual efforts the industry is implementing to address diversity and the importance it has on employee wellbeing.

Taking place at the London Transport Museum, Councillor Ian Adams, Westminster’s first openly gay Lord Mayor, will be sharing his personal insights about diversity and inclusion as one of three guest speakers. As second and third guest speakers, Head of Development at WSP and President Elect of the ICE, Rachel Skinner, alongside Managing Director of Transport and Infrastructure and Chair of the WSP Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Steve Smith, will be showing their support as leading role models in the industry.

“For young people coming into our industry, having role models that they can not only identify with but also learn from and be mentored by is vital to the ongoing benefit of the industry as a whole”

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VIBE stands for visibility and inclusion in the built environment and is the employee network open to everyone within WSP who has an interest in LGBT+ issues, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

“For young people coming into our industry, having role models that they can not only identify with but also learn from and be mentored by is vital to the ongoing benefit of the industry as a whole,” says Peter Townsend, BIM Model Manager at WSP and committee member of VIBE. “We have made great steps in recent years in improving the industry’s approach to talking about and tackling the issues surrounding diversity; not only from an LGBT+ perspective but also with regard to gender.

“We hope the event will enable and encourage open discussions to take place between senior levels of management within our industry and community to inspire the next generation,” continues Peter.

Events such as this, are just one other way that WSP and the wider industry are showing their support to the diverse community within the built environment and encouraging those interested in the industry, that there are no boundaries to positions in leadership. It will bring together competitors and peers within the industry in an evening of equality and inclusion.

The event will be taking place on 10th May at the Cubic Theatre, Covent Garden, London. For more information or to secure a place, please RSVP to

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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