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
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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.
TM:TV did a live webinar "Building an inclusive property industry" where I joined a diverse panel of industry professionals sharing personal stories about struggles we have faced in the workplace, and the positive move forward that our industry is making to address them. The video can be seen here
For pride season, Pride in Property hosted a series of "Coffee with the CEO" chats. I joined RICS Managing Director, Matt Howell, and Kelly Canterford from Changing the Face of Property, for an open conversation around what the professional institutions and wider industry can be doing better to support diversity and inclusion.
Built Environment Networking held an online Wellbeing and Diversity conference, where I was invited to join a panel about LGBTQ+ in Construction with other industry representatives.
I joined industry leaders on a Built Environment Networking webinar discussing the "Post Coronavirus Landscape - Preparing for challenges and opportunities" with DLA Piper.
We interviewed with I-FM, talking about Inclusivity at the frontline within the facilities management industry, and how LGBT+ in FM are supporting members through Covid-19.
The Construction Industry Council launched the Roadmap for Change at Futurebuild in London. A collaborative piece of work with other members of the Diversity & Inclusion Panel.
I presented at The Business Services Association HR committee talking about the work of LGBT+ in Facilities Management
Built Environment Networking held a York event where I was exhibiting.
I have now been appointed Diversity Officer for Leeds North West Liberal Democrats focusing on ensuring a diverse representation of society within the local party.
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.
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:
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