In conversation with Amelia Ryan – IWD’22
Today, to round off our IWD2022 series, we share our conversation with Amelia Ryan from Capco. Amelia joined Capco as a Surveyor in the asset management team three-and-half years ago and also is co-chair of the NextGen committee at Real Estate Balance. We hugely admire Amelia for her part in continuing to break the gender equality gap within the property industry, but also for her work drawing attention to the ongoing diversity issues and class divide across the sector.
We loved sitting down with Amelia Ryan to hear her views on IWD and what it means to her. Amelia joined Capco as a Surveyor in the asset management team three-and-half years ago. While Anne-Marie Murphy, one of our founding partners, initially bonded with Amelia over their shared love of spreadsheets (and wine!), their relationship goes beyond tapping formulas into Excel. Anne-Marie says “It is so important that we not only support upcoming female talent but also learn from them”. We hugely admire Amelia not only for her part in continuing to break the gender equality gap within the property industry but also for her work drawing attention to the ongoing diversity issues and class divide across the sector.
Her role as co-chair of the NextGen committee at Real Estate Balance is at the forefront of this, an initiative to promote equality, diversity and inclusion within the property world through events and networking opportunities for young people
-What does International Women’s Day mean to you and why do you think it’s important?
It’s important to celebrate IWD to recognise the contributions women have made to the real estate sector each year. IWD is a great time to reflect on what changes have been made in the industry and consider what we can do to ensure gender equality within the industry.
-Which women inspire you and why?
Inside the industry, I’m lucky to be surrounded by a lot of strong and ambitious women at Capco. I am also inspired by Sue Brown, the Managing Director of Real Estate Balance, who successfully campaigns for diversity and inclusivity in Real Estate after having had a stellar career in Real Estate PR. Outside of the property industry I think Vivienne Westwood is the coolest, most fearless and tenacious woman out there.
–What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
The merit in learning from the mistakes you make. It can be easy to see mistakes as failure, but changing your mind-set to think “actually, what have I learnt from this and what will I do differently next time?” can help you move forward and improve your output.
-What are you most proud of?
It’s so rewarding working somewhere where you can have a material change on such an iconic destination and seeing ideas come to fruition in real, tangible ways. I’m also really proud of being co-chair of the NextGen Committee in Real Estate Balance which helps to develop a diverse pipeline of talent in the property industry through providing events and networking opportunities for young people with the underlying aim of promoting equality, diversity and inclusion within Real Estate.