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
My career story has been written in accessible text by Chloe Gillie for SEN primary school children to learn more about "Design Technology Heroes" providing diverse role models in STEM careers. Click on the button below to read it.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
LYNDA THWAITE, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, SIR ROBERT MCALPINE
Sharon is an extremely trusted and valuable advisor to me and to the Sir Robert McAlpine business. Her knowledge across the entire diversity and inclusion landscape has helped to shape our plans and more importantly has had a positive lasting impact. Without Sharon’s advice and support I fear our progress towards true inclusion would have been well intentioned but without focus or pace. As well as really knowing her stuff and delivering to brief, Sharon is easy to work with and often goes above and beyond by thinking of our business aims and alerting me to items she knows will help me achieve those goals
MATT SUMMERHILL, MANAGING PARTNER YORKSHIRE REGION, RIDER LEVETT BUCKNALL
I am incredibly grateful for Sharon's support and counsel. She has made me a much more rounded leader. I know I still have lots to learn, but I am a better manager, but more importantly a better person, since we started working together.
I joined the judging panel for the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards again this year, assessing the entries of two categories. The shortlist can be found here, the winners will be at the awards dinner in November.
LGBT+ in FM and The Business Services Association (BSA) hosted an inclusive procurement session focused on the facilities management industry. I joined a number of panellists talking about my experience of the procurement process and where it could be improved from a diversity and inclusion perspective. LGBT+ in FM and The BSA intend to follow this up with a guidance document.
As part of Fortel's Hard Hart Sticker Scheme, I carried out the Fortel/ Building Equality LGBTQ+ training at a Balfour Beatty site in Hull. More details here.
I chaired Fortel's first lunch & learn session "Creating safer spaces for women in the built environment" with speakers from UN Women, White Ribbon and Birmingham City Council.
The Inspire Awards shortlist has been announced. As a judge I get to see all the great entries that come in and it was very hard to decide in the categories I judged. In the other categories it was great to see one of my clients Fortel Group get shortlisted for Most Inspiring Supplier and STEER mentor Marianne McCallum be shortlisted in the Most Inspiring Mentor category. The final is in July.
LGBT+ in Facilities Management were interviewed for an article in FM Journal about the network and the aims to make the industry inclusive for all. It can be read here.
It was a busy time for International Women's Day. I joined RIBA East Midlands for a " Conversation with Sharon Slinger" session. I also joined Nottingham Trent University for their Women's Development Programme celebration as a guest panelist to speak to the mentees on the programme. And closer to home we celebrated some of the amazing women who live in Weetwood Ward with this video.
UKREiiF (The UK's Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum) launched this month, with a focus on diversity, sustainability and skills development, I have joined the advisory group. The main event will be May 2022.
I joined a Sir Robert McAlpine hosted virtual roundtable with government representatives discussing the Future of flexible working and how we can incorporate in everyday working lives.
I joined a panel of speakers talking about "Improving company performance through EDI" for the Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists. The webinar can be found here
At the Built Environment Networking Wellbeing and Diversity event, I chaired the "Integrating Complex EDI Strategies & Collaborating Across the Industry" session with key industry clients who have diversity high on their agendas
As part of the Civil Engineering course at University of Bolton, I gave a guest lecture on diversity and inclusion to the first year students.
RE Women invited me to join a working group to create an anti-racism manifesto for the industry. I would encourage your organisation to sign up to it.
Nottingham Trent University host an annual Women in the Built Environment event where the students can hear from women across the industry about their careers. I was invited along to share my story.
Pleased to have been asked to judge the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards again this year. Details of the finalists can be found here
I joined a panel discussion on "Alternative Families" hosted by Core Recruitment. The zoom recording can be watched here.
On Tuesday nights, there is a twitter chat #pmchat, I was invited along to host the session with a focus on diversity and inclusion in project management.
PRO BONO WORK
I contribute at least 20% of my time to pro bono advising aimed at transforming inclusion within our industry.
2017 - 2021 advisory roles include:
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - Yorkshire & Humber Board
Rainbow over the Shard, London.
Photo credit: Jeremy Harmsworth - Sir Robert McAlpine
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Leeds, Yorkshire - working nationally
Tel: +44 (0)7590 078681
Company registration no. 11048139
Background photo: Rainbow construction in Manchester
Photo credit: Loretta Lipworth - Wilmott Dixon