Tomkins is boss of RICS, the world’s largest professional body covering land, property, construction and infrastructure. Just 14% of surveyors are women – and Tompkins is determined to tip the balance. He developed an "Inclusive Employer Quality Mark" to encourage firms to look at their employment practices; he made a public pledge – broadcast on YouTube – not to sit on any all-male panels at industry events; and he sponsored a real estate, infrastructure and construction category at the Women of the Future Awards to unearth more female role models in the profession. He’s also driven change internally: RICS has a gender-balanced executive team for the first time in its 150-year history.
She Says: "Sean’s influence is wider than that of CEO. In a male-dominated sector, Sean is a high-profile champion of diversity and inclusion and regularly speaks out to challenge the status quo." Gillian Charlesworth, executive director, RICS