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CIBSE Diversity Panel

CIBSE Diversity Panel - shaping the future of CIBSE and the building services profession for improved business performance

Many organisations in the construction and engineering worlds are recognising that we need to improve diversity, and CIBSE is no exception. The CIBSE Board has established a Panel to 'advise and support the Institution on all elements of diversity', recognising that some groups are under-represented in our membership and in the profession as a whole.  

Mission Statement

The Panel developed the following mission statement:

'We acknowledge that those from low income backgrounds and disabled people, certain ethnic minorities and women are currently under-represented within Engineering. This panel will advise and support CIBSE on all elements of diversity in order to provide an open and truly representative Institution across both its membership and within the internal operations of CIBSE. To identify the barriers to entry and progression and find ways of working together to influence behavioural change to remove these barriers. To embed further collaboration, inclusion, fairness and respect, so influencing these underrepresented groups within their own organisations in collaboration with others, to do the same'. 

Panel Constitution

  • The Diversity Panel is appointed by CIBSE Board and shall report to it.
  • The Panel shall consist of a Chair, who will report to the Board, and up to nine other members, to include representation from CIBSE membership and at least one serving Board member.
  • Additional specialists may be co-opted as determined by the Chair, to a maximum of three at any one time.
  • A quorum shall be no fewer than three members.
  • Members are appointed for a three year period. At the end of this period they can be re-appointed for a further three year term.

Terms of Reference

  • To advise and engage with the Board on all matters relating to equality and diversity.
  • To recommend to the Board actions to increase the diversity of the Institution and ensure the Institution meets its commitments to fairness and equal opportunities.
  • To be a communication hub between CIBSE and other relevant organisations, and to work in collaboration with them, to promote and embed diversity in the professions, engineering, construction and related sectors.
  • To keep under review the Institution's policy and practices relating to equality and diversity.