Mayor to address LGBT property forum

Andy Street

West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street is to be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the LGBT real estate forum, OpenLand.

Mr Street will discuss the construction and real estate opportunities which are likely to be generated in the West Midlands due to big initiatives such as the Commonwealth Games and Coventry’s City of Culture programme.

The wider opportunities offered by the West Midlands Combined Authority’s ongoing devolution programme, especially in the area of transport, will also be on the agenda.

Mr Street said: “I am delighted again to lend my support to organisations like OpenLand (which) is bringing together a range of talent and helping shape the real estate and construction sector in our region.

“I am excited about the prospects ahead for this sector and the talent that exists across our region to push ahead.”

Formed in 2016 by individuals from organisations including St. Modwen, Higgs & Sons, Gowling WLG, Court Collaboration and Millennium Point, with further support from CBRE, Chamberlains Chartered Surveyors, Gateley and Barques PR, OpenLand represents and supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans professionals working within the Midlands property, real estate and construction sectors.

The event is being hosted by KPMG and takes place at its offices at One Snowhill, Birmingham on Wednesday January 24 at 6pm.

Previous speakers at OpenLand events have included Rugby World Cup winner and StandUp Foundation representative, Ben Cohen, Brian Bickell, CEO, Shaftesbury, Suki Sandhu, founder and CEO of OutStanding and Audeliss Recruitment, which specialise in promoting diverse candidates, Tim Sigsworth, CEO, The Albert Kennedy Trust, a homeless charity providing support to LGBT youth, and Mark Allan, chief executive, St Modwen.