CREW UK Connects Mentorship Programme Launch 3.0

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An exclusive mentorship programme for
women in commercial real estate

Connect with senior executives
Expand your business network
Advance your career

Mentoring is a cornerstone for advancement in any industry. It is especially valuable in commercial real estate, which relies heavily on business networking and leveraging relationships for connections. Professionals who take part in mentoring have an advantage. The knowledge exchanged enables mentors and mentees to build upon the shared experiences of others and advance their careers.  
According to the 2020 CREW Network benchmark study, 43% percent of men and 32% of women aspire to reach the C-suite in commercial real estate. In addition, women under 40 were more likely than women over 40 to target the C-suite level.  In the CREW UK Roundtable series held in March 2021, CREW UK members confirmed that the value of developing one’s network is critical to their current and future success.

Important Dates:
  • 24 May: Register to be a mentee - CREW UK members only  
  • 31 May: Register to be a mentee - Non-members
  • 21 June at 9am: Mentor bookings available for members-only via Mentorship Rocket
  • 13 July at 5:30pm:  Mentor and mentee pre-launch event. Register here
  • 19 July at 9am: Mentor bookings available for all mentees via Mentorship Rocket.                                       Mentoring sessions commence for members and non-members.

How is CREW UK Connects unique?

The programme has been developed to ensure that mentees gain the greatest benefit from a diverse and talented group of mentors. Programme benefits include:

  • The ability to meet multiple mentors. During Launch 3.0, mentees can meet up to five different mentors to broaden their network.
  • Mentees are in the driver’s seat.  Mentees choose which mentors they want to speak with, confirm an available meeting day/time, and set the agenda. Mentees select mentors via their real estate specialty and by areas of experience/expertise (personal development, work life balance, having difficult conversations, etc.) which provides for conversations that can be highly focused.

  • Manageable commitment. The Launch 3.0 programme be hosted for five months (19 July thru 19 December 2021)
  • Depth of engagement. In addition to the mentoring sessions, participants may access:
    • Launch events with mentors and mentees (watch the recap
    • Monthly mentor roundtables
    • Mentee connects sessions to provide feedback and network
    • Quarterly newsletters
    • LinkedIn group
    • Support of a committed mentorship committee

What opportunities have been created with CREW UK Connects?

The CREW UK Connects programme began in June 2020. Positive impacts include:

  • 40 mentors who have supported over 75 women
  • Over 700 hours of mentoring have been provided
  • Hosted eight mentor roundtables sharing experiences and insights
  • Enhanced the programme through 10+ group feedback sessions
  • Provided six opportunities for mentees to meet and socialise

When will the next Launch begin?  

CREW UK Connects Mentorship Programme Launch 3.0 is a five-month programme (19 July – 12 December 2021) that will:

  • Give CREW members priority access to mentor bookings
  • Welcome new mentees to participate (subject to availability)
  • Provide monthly mentoring sessions with senior real estate executives
  • Host numerous opportunities to network at mentoring events
  • Continue building connections and supportive networks with CREW UK members
  • Help develop insights and guidance for personal and career progression.

Interested in CREW UK membership? Apply now to join our global network.

Please contact Michelle Cooper and Kelli Williams with inquiries:

Michelle Cooper, CRE Programme Consultant,
and Kelli Williams, Director, Gardiner & Theobald.

Confirmed CREW UK mentors with more to be announced:

Adina David, Director, Greystar
Alexandra Haughton, Head of Consultancy and Strategy, Carter Jonas
Bronte Turner, Managing Director of London, HLW
Caroline Nicholls, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Deepa Deb, Partner, Dentons
Despina Katsikakis, Executive Partner,
Cushman & Wakefield
Fiona Goddard, Director, Building Engineering, AECOM
Ginny Gibson, Professor Emerita of Corporate Real Estate, University of Reading -
Henley Business School
Hannah Forkan, Head of Bermondsey Location, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
Henry Morris, Managing Director, 
MGT Investment Management
Jennie Dorsaint, Partner,
Norton Rose Fulbright
Jessica Lee, Senior Director,
Gaw Capital Partners
Jo McNamara, Managing Director,
Head of Europe, Oxford Properties Group
Jo Winchester, Executive Director, PBSA and Co-Living Valuation & Advisory Services, CBRE
Joshua Weinstein, Structured Property Finance, Investec Bank
Juliette Morgan, Head of Sustainable Development, British Land
Kate Vine, Principal, Perkin&Will
Kathryn Harrison-Thomas,
Managing Director, Citi
Michela Hancock, Managing Director, Greystar Europe
Mike Gedye, Head of EMEA Technology Sector Vertical, CBRE
Paddy Allen, Head of Operational Capital Markets, Colliers
Rebecca Davison, Partner, Howard Kennedy
Rebekah Tobias, Head of Business Development, Marcol
Siobhan Godley, Tax Partner and Head of Real Estate, Deloitte
Sophie White, General Manager Housing Infrastructure Fund, Homes England
Sowgol Zarinchang, Managing Director,
Way of Life
Sue Asprey Price, Head of Corporate Solutions, UK, JLL
Vanessa Hale, Head of Insights & Residential Research, BNP Paribas Real Estate UK
Vanisha Thakrar, Vice President,
Harrison Street