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Women in Property announces new North West chair

The influencing and networking organisation for the property and construction industry has confirmed Rachael Cunliffe is taking on the role.

Cunliffe, who is director at Engage 5, and a business development specialist at Harley Haddow, will take up the year-long post on 1 March.

Women in Property uses its platform to lobby the government, including the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women in Work on a range of issues from inclusivity to the recruitment and retention of women in the workplace.

The group also encourages girls and young women to consider a career in property and construction through a mix of school outreach projects and the National Student Awards.

Cunliffe said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed this year’s North West chair for Women in Property, building on the success of previous years.

“My passion lies in developing confidence to attend functions alongside nurturing connections and friendships through our extensive events programme.

As we challenge the traditional view that gender is the main barrier in our industry, our goal is to create an environment that supports the career growth of all our members”.

Cunliffe has been on the WIP committee for three years organising CPDs and events, since she joined the organisation seven years ago.

Alongside her own consultancy, Cunliffe works with Harley Haddow as their business development specialist across their UK offices including Manchester, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fort William.

Ian Chalk, director of Harley Haddow’s Manchester office said: “We are so proud of Rachael and what she’s done with Women in Property over the last seven years. She is a vital part of our team and all the work she is doing to highlight representation of women in the industry is truly inspiring. 

“With recruitment challenges across the board in the property industry, it is vital we encourage more entrants into the sector, and she has done a fantastic job in ensuring girls and young women know the paths they can take. We look forward to seeing Rachael thrive in driving forward what WIP is all about.”

Steph Cox who becomes branch vice chair of WIP on 1 March will support Cunliffe in the role. Cox is currently a director at E3P, the environmental consultancy.

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