Amos Simbo joins The Construction Helpline webinar to discuss inclusion and diversity in Construction
Despite the setbacks stemmed from the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK construction industry enjoys strong growth and has regained its position as the fastest growing major UK private sector in terms of output for February 2021 (Infrastructure Intelligence).
The welcomed increased workload has driven the need to recruit construction professionals. Great talent can come from anywhere. Hence the importance of inclusion and diversity amongst the construction workforce in the UK.
Why diversity and inclusion matters
Join Amos Simbo and hear him discuss the importance of inclusion and diversity within the construction industry. Amos is the Founder and Chairman of the Black Professionals in Construction (BPIC) Network – a platform which connects black and ethnic minority professionals to careers within the built construction industry. The Black Professionals in Construction (BPIC) Network is also heavily involved in promoting the construction industry as an excellent career choice amongst young black and minority ethnic groups; whilst also advocating for diversity in UK construction companies across all types and sizes. Amos Simbo (pictured) has been featured on RICS and Construction News for the outstanding impact and growth of BPIC.
Using influence to make a change
In June 2020, Amos Simbo co-ordinated alongside architect Elsie Owusu OBE and Design Director Umi Baden-Powell an open letter addressed to Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister which called out the alarming rate of COVID-19 infections amongst people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds and black minority ethnic groups. The letter was signed by 125 leading professionals working within the fields of architecture, construction, engineering and design (Voice Online).
Experience and relevance to construction industry
In practice, Amos is an advisory board member of The UK’s Real Estate Investment & Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF) and currently leads the day-to-day activities of Winway Consultants – a M&E consultancy based in London which specializes in providing design and build solutions for industrial and commercial buildings across the UK. Amos is an experienced professional of the construction industry – having worked in the industry since graduating from Loughborough University in 2011 after completing a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Amos’ portfolio of projects is vast and includes work involving BP Sunbury, ITV Studios, Interserve, the Science Museum and the Hammersons London Offices fit out. Amos is known for his technical expertise and easy-going nature. Amos also speaks fluent English, Shona and elementary French.