• 22 June 2020

Andrea Valentini to chair Building Skills for the Future webinar

Waterman is delighted that Andrea Valentini, Associate Director for Structures, will be co-chairing a webinar featuring a panel of industry experts as they discuss London Property Alliance’s sector wide ‘Building Skills for the Future’ report.

Released last week, the report is a detailed assessment of how our industry will need to change in the future and which skills will be required to make it happen.

Commissioned by London Property Alliance (WPA and CPA), a group of industry experts were chosen to undertake sector-wide research and to present their findings in a report. They explored how changes in the London property industry have impacted on the type of skills needed in the sector. Waterman’s Richard Whitehead and Andrea Valentini were part of the steering group behind this major research project, along with representatives from Buro Four, Grosvenor, Macdonald & Company, Landsec and HB Reavis.

Key findings of the ‘Building Skills for the Future’ report include:

• In an industry-wide survey, 90% of respondents stated that the climate emergency will most heavily impact the sector. Digital technology and use of data (85%) and changing user needs (74%) were identified as the second and third most important disruptive trends for London real estate.

• 89% of respondents stated that property companies should be recruiting more people from outside of the sector. They should be hiring staff trained in the social sciences, product and service design, data sciences and AI (artificial intelligence).

• Innovation, collaboration and influencing skills were identified as the top three ‘soft skills’ which companies should invest in developing, to enable the traditionally slow-moving property profession to respond to disruptive trends and economic ‘shocks’ such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

• There is an urgent need to diversify the workforce to support cognitive diversity and make sure that a broader range of experiences and viewpoints are involved in real estate decisions. Only 9% of respondents to the industry survey were BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicities) compared to over 40% of the London population.

Both the research and the report will be presented and discussed in a special London Property Alliance webinar taking place tomorrow, Tuesday 23 June, at 2pm. Andrea Valentini – a member of CPA – will co-chair the session along with Robyn Prince, Director at Boyer and WPA NextGen committee member. They will be joined by Liza Brothers, Head of HR and Talent at Landsec; Nicholas Carman, Director at MacDonald & Company; Ian Higgs, Director at Buro Four; Robert Nunn, Head of Learning at Grosvenor Britain & Ireland; and Steven Skinner, CEO at HB Reavis UK.

To register for the webinar, click here.

To download the full report, click here.

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