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51 Women In UK CRE Who Survived And Thrived In 2020 And 2021

The last time Bisnow produced its list of amazing women doing brilliant things in UK commercial real estate in late 2019, the world was a very different place. 

Given the difficulty of the past 18 months, we decided to use 2021’s list to celebrate some of the wonderful people who have risen to the challenges, and not only survived but thrived in their professional lives. 

This year's list is as diverse as ever, in all senses of the word, and includes women who have steered businesses through the rocky waters of the coronavirus pandemic, started new firms during a recession, helped tenants or customers stave off the worst effects of Covid-19, and generally met challenges head-on with energy and enthusiasm. 

When we canvassed our readers for suggestions about who should be on the list, there was a pleasing focus on sustainability — it would seem that women in real estate are leading the charge when it comes to fighting the climate crisis. Their message is starting to spread to every corner of the sector.

After a pause in early 2021, Bisnow’s Women Leading Real Estate event will also return in September, by far the largest event in commercial property bringing women in the sector together to network and hear from a dazzling array of speakers. We hope that after too long apart, you’ll join us and take the chance to be together again.

July 19, 2021
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The Residential Pacesetter

Crest Nicholson's Phyllis Agbo +

The Smooth Pandemic Operator

APAM's Melissa Baldwin +

The Green Finance Expert Extraordinaire

CEG's Leah Barnes +

The Valuation Vanguardista

Knight Frank's Caroline Bathgate +

The Activist Architect

Studio Berman's Zoë Berman +

The Community Engager

Toolbox's Michelle Buxton +

The Regent Street Regina

The Crown Estate's Leanne Catterall +

The ESG Exemplar

L&G's Shuen Chan +

The Student Startup

HYBR's Hannah Chappatte +

The Kind Leader

BRE's Gillian Charlesworth +

The BTR Innovator

Get Living's Ailish Christian-West +

The Amazonian Warrior

Amazon's Sophie Clarke +

The Driver Of Change

Nuveen's Abigail Dean +

The Acquisitive Chief Exec

Frasers' Ilaria del Beato +

The Architect At The Intersection

PLP's Hala El Akl +

The Master Planner

Urban&Civic's Caroline Foster +

The Toughest Job In Property?

New Hammerson CEO Rita-Rose Gagné +

The Workplace Wizard

Cushman & Wakefield's Nicola Gillen +

The Dealmaker

Avison Young's Penny Hacking +

The Cross-Sector Innovator

BNP Paribas Real Estate's Vanessa Hale +

The Scandi With Big Ambitions

Cadillac Fairview's Jenny Hammarlund +

The Guiding Light Of King's Cross

Argent's Anthea Harries +

The Doyenne Of Decarbonisation

The Green Finance Institute's Emma Harvey +

The Sustainability Savant For The World's Biggest Property Company

Blackstone's Caroline Hill +

The Biodiversity Ambassador

Peel L&P's Jo Holden +

The Chairwoman In Demand

Riverstone's Penny Hughes +

The Digital Future

British Land's Sally Jones +

The Net-Zero Native

CLS' Hannah Kershaw +

The Letter Of The Law

Canary Wharf's Katy Kingston +

The Webinar Warriors

RE:Women's Anouk Khan and Maria Weidner +

The Pandemic Asset Management Assurer

CBRE's Abi Labbett +

The Government Property Seeker

DWP's Meredith May +

The Creative Dynamo

P-Three's Hannah McNamara +

The Award-Winning Architect

Tracy Meller +

The Alliance Builder

Heart of London's Ros Morgan +

The Mega Mentor

Stanhope's Vanessa Murray +

The Young Leader

Arcadis' Mo O'Connell +

The Human Side Of This Business

Showhere's Joy Nazzari +

The Flexible Convert

Orega's Lynsey O’Keefe +

The Canary At The Leasing Coalface

Canary Wharf's Katie Oliphant +

The Zealous Investor

Arrow Capital's Katherine Parker +

The Carbon Rule-Setter

BEIS' Stephanie Parker +

The Rented Resi Front Runner

VervLife's Katherine Rose +

Lending's Leading Lady

Precis Capital's Daljit Sandhu +

The West End Officer

Shaftesbury’s Isabel Thomas +

The Global Growth Leader

Schroders' Sophie van Oosterom +

The Affordable Advocate

Dolphin Living's Octavia Williams +

The Engagement Expert In Extremis

Equiem's Bronny Wilson +

The Self-Styled Elder Stateswoman

Seven Dials' Mickola Wilson +

The Homelessness Hero

Local Space's Josie Parsons +