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CIBSE launches Diversity Panel

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineering (CIBSE) celebrated the launch of its Diversity Panel last night, Thursday 18 April, at The Building Centre, London. The CIBSE hosted event welcomed key individuals including representations from the Cherie Blair Foundation, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and highly regarded speakers including Chi Onwurah, Shadow Cabinet Office Minister and Labour MP for Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Loraine Martins MBE, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail, Former Head of Equality, Inclusion, Employment and Skills at the Olympic Development Authority, addressed the audience: "At the London 2012 Olympics our challenge was to change the approach to diversity from a ‘nice to have' to ‘business as usual'."

CIBSE Diversity Launch
Loraine Martins addresses the audience on the theme of diversity during the delivery of the London 2012 Olympic Games. 

The Diversity Panel is made up of CIBSE members who are passionate about increasing the routes to the profession through educational paths and promoting a diverse workplace. Attendees applauded speeches from CIBSE Past President, Andy Ford and President Elect, George Adams welcoming the Diversity Panel and supporting its future actions.

The launch night celebrated the view that diverse workplaces can often deliver more considered approaches to problem solving and therefore business decisions. Diversity not only applies to ethnicity or gender; people can feel held back in their careers because of disability, socio-economic background, age, religion/culture and sexual orientation.

CIBSE is passionate about improving building performance and sharing knowledge. Through encouraging diversity, CIBSE members can help change behaviour of the industry and work towards a more diverse work place in the future. The employment and retention of a varied workforce is integral to meet the building services engineering skills gap and to therefore improve building performance.