AWARD-WINNING DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SPECIALIST
Constructing Rainbows Limited offers a range of strategic advice and training on improving company performance and enhancing profitability.
I offer a high level review of your equality, diversity and inclusion strategies, policies and procedures, to enhance your inclusive working environment.
With extensive experience in the built environment industry including construction and facilities management, I specialise in working with organisations looking to improve the industry for all.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
The business benefits of having a diverse and inclusive company are well documented. I will help your business become a more inclusive working environment which will attract new talent, retain existing employees and generate innovation in your company.
Some of the services I can provide for your organisation are:
Compile the business case for diversity and inclusion
Produce or review and support implementation of bespoke Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategies, policies and procedures
Talent attraction and retention strategies
Data collection and analysis
Identification of barriers to and enablers of success
Connect with relevant industry organisations and networks
Communicate with key stakeholders
Establish internal affinity networks
Employee engagement – focus groups, diversity and inclusion talks
Complete external documentation including tender submissions and accreditations
Supply chain diversity
Ad hoc advice and guidance on a whole range of diversity and inclusion best practice
Being an inclusive company WILL provide you with a proven competitive advantage.
Having worked in the construction and facilities management industries for nearly 20 years as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor for main contractors, I have seen and experienced the many positives that our built environment careers bring. I have also always noticed the lack of diversity within the industry, and as more and more research is produced demonstrating the business benefits of diverse organisations, it became obvious that we all need to be doing better.
I am passionate about, and have been a driving force in, creating industries that provide inclusive environments for all. So in 2017, I felt the time was right to set up on my own, to share my knowledge and experience more widely to help others improve their businesses, the wider industry and ultimately the bottom line.
My expertise from being a Chartered Quantity Surveyor; financial and legal, as well as wider business strategies including change management, project management, efficiency identification and risk reduction, aligned with my knowledge of diversity and inclusion provide the perfect skillset for creating the inclusive culture needed within everyday business operations of built environment organisations.
I have also spent a lot of time helping the industry, and individuals, in encouraging people to join what are really exciting industries to work in. I have done this through leading projects at my place of employment, but also through a social enterprise I have co-founded, STEER Support & Mentoring CIC.
I’m proud to say that throughout my career I have won, and been shortlisted for, a number of awards for my work within construction, facilities management and diversity and inclusion, including those detailed below.
I look forward to working with you.
Sharon Slinger FRICS CIWFM
LGBT+ in Facilities Management held their third event at Amnesty UK, with guest speaker from Pinsent Masons. Details can be found here.
I facilitated a diversity and inclusion workshop at Construction Industry Council Yorkshire & Humber with industry representatives, discussing what we want our industry to look like in 30 years.
We celebrated gaining our RICS Fellowship with other new Fellows at RICS HQ, this year being a record for the number of women becoming fellows. The Women in Surveying group being instrumental in supporting women through the process.
CIBSE have launched their inclusivity guidelines to help their members and staff understand the inclusion topic and how they can address it. It was good to support CIBSE with this piece of work, which gives some really tangible ideas how everyone can get involved.
I was invited to speak at the Sir Robert McAlpine 150th Celebrations which took place in London and Manchester, celebrating the people and projects of the last 150 years.
At the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, I joined an industry panel, representing the RICS, discussing how diversity can help to address the skills shortage.
Fun family day out at Leeds Pride walking with Building Equality, and some of my clients, celebrating the LGBT community in our industry.
I have been invited to join the Construction Industry Council Yorkshire and Humber board as the RICS representative. Looking forward to collaborating with the other industry professional institutions.
I participated in an Openland event in Birmingham where we discussed local market conditions and diversity and inclusion within the industry - details can be found here
The Inspire Awards were held in Manchester to celebrate Diversity and Inclusion within our industry. I was proud to present the Most Inspiring Mentor Award to Anjana Raj from Sir Robert McAlpine.
I joined a panel discussion at the Buro Four Diversity and Inclusion in Construction Conference in London discussing "Recruiting Diverse Talent - What Worked?"
Pleased to have been invited to talk at the PwC Yorkshire & Humber Construction and Real Estate dinner. Topics included Data, Disruption and Diversity.
Very excited that STEER has been shortlisted for an Inspire Award for the Most Inspiring Community Project Looking forward to the awards dinner in June.
For International Women's Day I talked to the RICS about how more female role models should become FRICS. The article can be found here.
It's LGBT History Month, so pleased to have been asked to join a panel for a Freehold and RICS joint event. Samantha McClary from Estates Gazette chaired the panel discussion. Details of the event are here.
New year, new action plans for LGBT+ in FM. As we build momentum within the facilities management industry, it's important to ensure we are focusing on the key issues that can have maximum impact.
Pleased to announce I have been made a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, hopefully role modelling for more women to apply as currently only 3% of women are Fellows.
Shropshire Constructing Excellence held their first event tackling gender inequality in the industry. My presentation discussed what we can all do to make the changes needed.
STEER are very excited to have been shortlisted for the Graduate Initiative of the Year award at the CN Talent Awards.
I gave the Sir Robert McAlpine senior leadership team a diversity and inclusion masterclass with excellent participation from all.
The Inspire Summit was held in Manchester, the panel which I was a part of discussed the gender pay gap and how we can narrow it.
Vinci hosted their biggest LGBT event to date, with consecutive meets in London, Birmingham and Manchester. I was invited to be guest speaker in Manchester.
Pleased to have been selected to become a Non-Executive member of the RICS Yorkshire and Humber regional board
As part of LGBTinFM, I recorded an introductory podcast about the LGBT network of networks for the facilities management industry. Companies involved include ISS, Sodexo and Vinci Facilities.
This month I have been judging the CIBSE Yorkshire Awards. The winners are announced in November.
The Surveying Sisterhood Summit was launched this month. My video, Diversity and Inclusion Progress Update, with Kate Charrington and Marion Ellis, can be found by signing up to Women in Surveying.
This month I did a podcast and webinar about diversity and inclusion for Construction Coach and D2N2 1hrtochange webinars for SME's and microbusinesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The podcast is available for all here.
I had a lovely evening celebrating the Asian Women of Achievement Awards. These awards really highlight the talented Asian women who are contributing to British life, but who often go under the radar.
We had our first advisory panel meeting for the Leeds Beckett Centre for LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Education. It is a centre for research and practice to support LGBTQ+ teachers and students in primary to higher education.
Pleased to be working with Space Solutions as part of their Strategic Facilities Review division, on one of their major contracts.
I have been judging the entries for The Inspire Awards, which highlights and rewards the great work that many people and companies are doing around diversity and inclusion in the UK Construction engineering and housing industry
Nottingham Women in Construction invited me to come and speak about diversity and inclusion in construction and how I help companies with their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategies. A recording of the session can be found here.
I have completed Mental Health First Aid training, a 2 day course with Inclusive Minds. Construction has the highest suicide rate of any industry in the UK, and we all have a duty to look out for each other.
I had opportunity to meet the new members of the RICS Women of the Future Network, at a lunch with the CEO, Sean Tompkins and Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Gillian Charlesworth at the RICS headquarters in London.
This month I am commencing as a diversity and inclusion panel member for the Construction Industry Council.
The board of Selby Educational Trust have approved my appointment as a Non-Executive Director, looking forward to getting fully involved in the new year.
I am delighted to be a judge for the 2018 Northern Power Women Awards. It is great to read about all the amazing talented women we have here in The North.
I am currently working with a family owned plant hire company near York. Working with the Managing Director creating and implementing company policies, completing prequalification questionnaires, and carrying out general commercial management duties.
Pleased to announce I have been included on the OUTstanding & Financial Times Top 50 LGBT+ Future list
I am presenting at an LGBT+ event for London Constructing Excellence Club, and a link to my slides can be found here
PRO BONO WORK
I contribute at least 15% of my time to pro bono advising aimed at transforming inclusion within our industry.
2017 - 2020 advisory roles include:
LGBT+ in Facilities Management
Construction Industry Council - Diversity & Inclusion Panel and Yorkshire & Humber Board
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - Yorkshire & Humber Board
STEER Support & Mentoring CIC
Awards Judge - The Inspire Awards, CIBSE Yorkshire & Humber, Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber, Northern Power Women
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