The title of this year’s lecture, which pays homage to Honor Chapman CBE, Head of Research at Jones Lang Wootton during the 1990s / 2000s and a guiding light in planning the growth of modern London, was: “How Inclusive Leadership Leads to Inclusive Growth”.
The event was hosted by London & Partners, the official promotional agency for London, under the auspices of the University of Cambridge (Department of Land Economy). Also participating were past lecturers Annie Hampson OBE (Chief Planning Officer at the City of London Corporation), Dame Judith Mayhew (past leader of the City of London Corporation), and Alison Nimmo CBE (Chief Executive of The Crown Estate). The evening’s proceedings were chaired by JLL’s International Director Katie Kopec.
The lecture series was conceived by Marc Mogull, Executive Chairman of Benson Elliot Capital Management and a Senior Fellow in the Land Economy department at the University of Cambridge, alongside two former colleagues of Honor’s: Rosemary Feenan, former Global Head of Research at JLL, and Andrew Gould, former Chief Executive of JLL UK. In addition to the past lecturers, the other members of the organising committee are Katie Kopec and Robert Gordon Clark, Chairman of the London Communications Agency.
In her remarks, Dame Vivian challenged the audience to embrace diversity and inclusion as explicit strategies for driving performance and economic growth – both from the public and private sector perspectives. She remarked: “If, as a city, we remake our organisations to be diverse and inclusive, imagine the value we could realise. Preparing for cultural, technological, and economic change over the coming decades means building and scaling a city to be inclusive.”
Commenting on the evening’s success, Marc Mogull said: “Benson Elliot has been a proud supporter of the Honor Chapman Memorial Lecture since its inception. The lectures have offered guidance from – and highlighted the achievements of – some of the UK’s most accomplished women leaders, and continue to inspire future leaders. Dame Vivian’s comments were a timely reminder of not just the importance, but the power of diversity and inclusion.”
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