Rachael Hobbis from Birmingham law firm Shakespeare Putsman has become the new chairman of the Midlands Association of Women in Property.
Rachael takes on the role for one year and is one of 12 new branch chairmen who collectively cover the Women in Property network across the UK, in support of the new National Chairman, Joanna Embling of Cushman & Wakefield.
Taking on the role at an extraordinarily difficult time for the industry, Rachael is committed to providing practical support and value for members. She said: “The association has always been about supporting and nurturing our members and each other and this ethos has never been more important than it is now. I am determined that we will offer practical help whenever we can.
“Inevitably there will be some casualties and members who find themselves ‘let go’ through no fault of their own. We are looking to put together a package of support that will help members retain their confidence and sense of worth with access to the networking and personal development opportunities we can provide. This includes anything from business introductions, attendance at events which carry ‘CPD’ points, to participating in our mentoring scheme which remains free to members and is a hugely worthwhile experience.”
Rachael is based in the Birmingham office of Shakespeare Putsman and has been a member of Women in Property for three years, working on the Committee since 2007. The Midlands branch is planning a full programme of professional, CPD and social networking events across the coming year including talks on the redevelopment of Coventry City Centre and New Street Station, waste management and sustainability, and the upcoming budget.
In addition the branch is offering more light hearted events such as an evening of pampering with Aveda.
There is also the opportunity for members to gain personal and career development through the mentoring programme. The branch is supporting a local charity Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer.