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 equity, 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.
Equity, 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 Equity, 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.
AMANDA WHITE, GLOBAL HEAD OF DIVERSITY & INCLUSION, RES
We have partnered with Sharon since January 2020 to support and guide our global Affinity Networks and Inclusion & Diversity strategy. Her expertise, collaboration and flexibility (to work out of hours to meet our different time zones) has resulted in tangible outcomes for our company in a short space of time. She is passionate and committed to everything I&D, and truly partners with our organisation and our people. I&D can be a challenging journey and Sharon provides inspiration to overcome any challenge by sharing new insights, challenging our ideas, listening, understanding and allowing us a safe space to learn. I would highly recommend Sharon as a trusted I&D expert.
The inaugural UKREiiF 3-day property event was held in Leeds with one of the aims being to be the most diverse and inclusive. As an Advisory Board Member, I worked with BE Networking on their plans to achieve this. We have had great feedback from the event.
LGBT+ in FM have launched our Inclusive Toilets Guide
The Sheffield Property Association have produced their EDI strategy, and invited me to speak at their launch event of a series of Diversity and Inclusion seminars.
For national reading week, my local school, Lawnswood School, invited me in to do a careers talk with their Y8 students, they had to ask questions to try and work out what I did.
LGBT+ in FM launched our Inclusive Recruitment Guide.
For Race Equality Week, I chaired Fortel's lunch and learn webinar "Action not just words" with BPIC, BAME in Property and Tru Powell.
Morgan Sindall Nuclear celebrated LGBT+ History Month by inviting me in to talk about LGBT+ history from ancient history to modern day.
As part of Fortel's Make It Stick campaign, I visited the HS2 Mace Dragados project to carry out LGBT+ ally training on site.
I joined a discussion group with IWFM to look at how their awards can be more inclusive.
I was interviewed by New Civil Engineer discussing the benefits of mentoring in the construction industry as a Director of STEER Support & Mentoring.
As part of the my STEER Support & Mentoring role, I joined the Diversity & Inclusion stage at London Build, talking about tangible action we could take to improve diversity.
I have joined the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Focus Group, which was launched with a webinar explaining why it is important to this huge industry.
For National Inclusion Week, I spoke with Fortel about what United For Inclusion means for the construction industry. A short video can be found here
I supported Turner & Townsend with their Yorkshire & North East LGBT+ roundtable discussion.
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 Hat 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.
PRO BONO WORK
I contribute at least 25% of my time to pro bono advising aimed at transforming inclusion within our industry.
2017 - 2022 advisory roles include:
Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management - Equity Diversity and Inclusion Focus Group
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - Yorkshire & Humber Board
Awards Judge - The Inspire Awards, CIBSE Yorkshire & Humber, Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber, RIBA Nottingham & Derby Women in Architecture Student Awards, UKREiiF Awards, IWFM Impact Awards
Rainbow over the Shard, London.
Photo credit: Jeremy Harmsworth - Sir Robert McAlpine
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Leeds, Yorkshire, UK - working globally.
Tel: +44 (0)7590 078681
Company registration no. 11048139
Background photo: Rainbow construction in Manchester
Photo credit: Loretta Lipworth - Wilmott Dixon