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New leadership for CIC’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has appointed a new leadership team for its Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Bola Abisogun OBE was elected as chair and Rebecca Lovelace was elected as deputy chair.

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee is a collaborative forum and platform for members of all construction disciplines and professional bodies to identify and promote diversity policy and activities within the construction industry.

With almost 30 years of industry experience Bola is a fellow of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), member of the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB) and the chair and founder of DiverseCity Surveyors (DCS), a successful, peer-to-peer network for BAME surveyors, set up in 2006. Bola has recently become the digital director for the BIM Academy and completed a 32-month secondment at Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) where he co-authored the Gemini Papers and the Digital Twin toolkit.

Bola was awarded an OBE for services to Diversity and to Young People in the Construction Industry in the 2019 New Years honours list.

Rebecca Lovelace is founder and chief dot-joiner at Building People, a hub for equity, diversity and inclusion in the built environment that brings together a ‘network of networks’ of organisations to strategically amplify voices, to enable collaboration and to improve connections between industry and the diverse and under-represented people the sector needs.

Rebecca has over 20 years’ experience in creating and connecting organisations, networks and partnerships across construction and the built environment. She has an MSc in Urban Regeneration, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 2022 was honoured to receive the CIOB’s inaugural award for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (Individual), and to be named one of the Top 100 Influential Women in Construction by the National Federation of Builders.

CIC Chair Justin Sullivan says: “We are delighted to welcome Bola and Rebecca onto the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Between them they have a massive wealth of experience and expertise that will be invaluable for the Committee and the work it is doing for both our members and the industry as a whole. I look forward to working with them both and supporting the work of the committee. I would also like to thank Maria Coulter and Louise Clarke for their time as Chair and Deputy Chair respectively and all the work they carried out during their term.”

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