Colliers International up for two Investors in People Awards

15 09 20 Colliers International up for two Investors in People Awards hero

Colliers International has been shortlisted for two Investors In People Awards in the categories of ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ and ‘Health & Wellbeing (500+)’.


The shortlist marks a significant milestone for Colliers International as it continues on its journey to build a diverse and balanced business - through its ‘Balance in Business’ programme – which is centred around an ethos that speaks to all people.

“It is no secret that the real estate industry has more to do to create a truly diverse and inclusive place in which to work,” said Lydia Ings, HR Director at Colliers International. “At Colliers, we have been working hard to encourage a step-change in the way our people think, act, and behave and we are proud of the distance we have travelled over the past 12 months.

“It is also fantastic to see our work in Health and Wellbeing recognised – an area of work that became even more pertinent in recent months as we adapted to support our people through lockdown. I have always encouraged our people to bring their whole selves to work; believing that we can only be the best version of ourselves when we are able to be ourselves – whether that is who we are or how we are feeling.

"Over the last 12 months, we have seen a shift in the willingness from our people to be frank about their feelings and experiences and to educate others and this is a testament to the year of activities and initiatives we have put in place to make Colliers a more receptive, compassionate and open organisation.”

The global real estate advisor is one of only three businesses shortlisted in the ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ category, sitting alongside Genuine Solutions Group and The Guinness Partnership. Meanwhile, Colliers is one of nine 500+ shortlisted companies in the ‘Health & Wellbeing’ category – and is the only commercial property advisors in the list.

Tony Horrell, CEO of Colliers International, UK & Ireland, added: “Being shortlisted for these awards is a great achievement and valuable recognition of the work we have done so far. We are committed to furthering our work in this area to build a more diverse and inclusive real estate industry that is truly reflective of the society and communities we work in.”

The winners will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony on 24 November 2020.

Continuing its drive to attract the most diverse talent into the business, Colliers has also been awarded the accolade of ‘Top Employer’ in the Real Estate & Property industry for the second year running at The School Leavers Awards. All About School Leavers is a careers website designed to help school leavers get jobs and understand the career paths available to them.


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Tony Horrell

Chief Executive Officer - UK and Ireland

London - West End

Tony is Chief Executive Officer of Colliers International for UK and Ireland, a role he has held since 2010. 

He is responsible for the direction and growth of the UK business, which now employs over 900 people across 16 offices. His focus is on accelerating clients’ success locally and internationally through an enhanced level of service, whilst also retaining and recruiting some of the best talent in the commercial property sector.

Tony is a member of Colliers International’s EMEA Board and Global Senior Executive team, which sets the vision and strategy for the company. 

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Lydia Ings

HR Director

London - West End

I join Colliers with over 18 years experience in Human Resources, most recently holding the senior position of Head of Talent Acquisition and Development.

As a highly respected HR professional with extensive knowledge of the real estate market, I have worked across the full spectrum of HR; including talent acquisition, graduate development, training & career development, operations, and business partnering.

I lead Colliers’ UK HR team, using extensive experience in real estate to understand the challenges we face across all business lines, adding real value to the UK business.

 

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Suzy Simpson

Associate Director

London - West End

As Acting Head of PR & Communications for UK and EMEA, I am currently covering maternity leave for Director of PR & Communications,  Charlotte Williams. 

In this role I am responsible for:

• Developing and executing internal, external & digital communications strategy for the UK and EMEA business.
• Developing and implementing tactical communications plans to build the brand and promote key messages across all aspects of the mdeia - print, broadcast and social
• Advising senior management on communications and developing a media engagement programme that supports key business lines.
• Media evaluation and reporting objectives, targets and successes across the business.
• Reputation management and crisis management
• Media training

Managment:

  • Manage the UK in-house PR team and oversee the work of our external PR agencies and consultants
  • Provide strategic direction to the PR & Digtal Marketing teams across EMEA
  • I am a member of the EMEA Marekting Leadership and Global PR & Social teams
  • I lead the EMEA PR Leadership team

Prior to taking on this role, I was an Associate Director with my main responsibilities being to oversee PR strategy for the UK regions, my key resiponsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing PR campaigns for service lines across the UK/EMEA regions as well as on ongoing profile raising of our UK regional offices.

  • Delivering creative PR campaigns and distributing news from across the business, including new instructions, transactions, research reports, new starters and new business initiatives.

  • Developing relationships between key individuals and relevant journalists through our strategic media engagement programme. 

  • Drafting and managing industry award entries.

  • Supporting PR Director Charlotte Freeman on EMEA M&As and major corporate annaouncements  to ensure that the brand is properly represented externally.

  • Media Training for key spokespeople

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