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LGBTQ+ real estate forum appoints five board members

Freehold, the networking forum for LGBTQ+ real-estate professionals, is appointing five board members to expand its programme to promote diversity within the property market.

The networking forum welcomes Sarah Rock, Lucy Smith, Dan Westeley, Ian Pattinson and Scott Parsons to the company board.

Sarah Rock is principal associate at global law firm Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Lucy Smith is a partner at HTA Design LLP, a practice for professionals like architects and urban planners, Dan Westeley is leasing director at Battersea Power Station Development Company, Ian Pattinson is senior regeneration manager at housing association Southern Housing Group, while Scott Parsons is chief operating officer at retail developer Unibail Rodamco Westfield.

Saleem Fazal, co-founder of Freehold, said: “Our new board members certainly have the skills and experience we need to achieve our most immediate goals.

“They also bring fresh ideas and new energy to the board. With them we are well placed to achieve our key aspiration of improving all diversity across the real estate industry in 2021 and beyond.”

Due to the pandemic Freehold has hosted virtual events to provide support to the property industry LGBTQ+ members, while the group wants to transition back to face-to-face community work when it is safe to do so.

Brie Steven-Hoare and Ollie Saunders are departing from the Freehold after 10 years in their respective roles to focus on new projects.

David Mann co-founder of Freehold, said: “It is really sad to say goodbye to Brie and Ollie who have been with us since day one and worked so hard to make Freehold what it is today and impact so many people.

“We are grateful that they will remain as ambassadors and mentors to keep the community growing stronger than ever.”

This article was first published by PropertyWire.com on the 15 March 2021. 

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