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  • Date: Wednesday 09/03/2022
  • Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
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C2S Leadership Month 2022 –  Week 1 – Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion

Speakers  – Accxel, Barnwood & Organised Consulting

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Meeting ID: 874 8899 1931                Passcode: 381337

Smashing perceived barriers of Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion within the Construction Sector with AccXel,  Barnwood Group and Organised Consulting

Nicola Bird and Natalie Bell, Founders and Directos of AccXel

Nicola Bird and Natalie Bell have been smashing all perceived barriers of culture, diversity and inclusion. Having established themselves as leaders within the typically male-dominated environment of construction, Nicola and Natalie have gone on to found, build and lead the UK’s first industry-led construction school. With a majority of female employees and ambitious goals targeting culture, diversity and inclusion within construction, Nicola and Natalie will share their journey so far and tell us how they will achieve their mammoth goals at AccXel.

Ben Ramsay from Barnwood Group also joins us to discuss what Barnwood Group has been doing to support diversity and inclusion, some of the topics Ben will discuss are below. The floor will also be open to Q&A.

1. Worked with MEPC, one of our Customers, on a 12 month D&I programme called ‘Changing the Game’. Focused on women into construction but dealt with the main principles of inclusive leadership.
2. Introduced a company wide Code of Conduct under the Banner #buildingrespect
3. Developed a D&I plan which is integrated into the overall business plan.

About Nicola Bird

Nicola is AccXel’s Founder and Managing Director, as well as Safety & Business Development Director for Bell Contracting and K W Bell Group which specialises in contracting, civil engineering and groundwork operations to the major housebuilders, whilst constructing their own developments with Bell Homes.

Nicola has a Master’s Degree in Construction Safety Management from the University of South Wales, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Business from the University of Gloucestershire. As an avid champion for local government and early careers strategy, Nicola is a Board Member of GFirst LEP, committee member for the GFirst Careers Hub (part of the Careers & Enterprise Company) and co-Chair of the Future Skills Group within Constructing Excellence South West.

About Natalie Bell

Natalie is the other half of the sister-duo who have built the UK’s first construction school, AccXel Ltd, and is the Growth & Partnership Director.

Natalie has used her legal skills as a qualified Barrister in her construction career to date. Having built a new development region in South Wales with a GDV of £250m as Senior Management within Kier Living, Natalie has expertise in construction within both national and regional contractors and housebuilders. Natalie is an advocate for women in construction, especially at Board and Senior Management level, and was the Chair of Women in Property South Wales in 2019. As a Director of AccXel, Natalie is passionate about their huge industry goals to solve the skills crisis and is Co-Chair of the Future Skills Group within Constructing Excellence South West as well as a committee member for Constructing Excellence Gloucester Club.

Natalie Bell Profile

About AccXel and K W Bell Group

AccXel is a state-of-the-art centre of excellence to inspire, train and connect people entering and advancing within the UK construction industry. Developed by the industry, for the industry, AccXel will accelerate learning and equip men and women with knowledge and practical experience of the latest technological advances in sustainability and digital construction.

Located in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, the pioneering centre is co-funded by K W Bell Group and the Government’s Getting Building Funding awarded by Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership (GFirst LEP).

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About Ben Ramsey, Barnwood Group

Ben leads the Construction Division of Barnwood Group, a £65m per year business operating in the South and South West of the Country.

With over 25 years’ experience in the Industry, much of this time was spent working for 3 national contractors, before finally settling with Barnwood.

Developing a more balanced and diverse workforce is a key focus to ensure our industry has resourceful and talented people working to improve our image, productivity and the quality of the built environment we leave behind.’

About Barnwood Construction

Through three distinctive divisions, Construction, Shopfitting & Interiors and General Works, Barnwood’s resourcefulness, drive for quality and in-house expertise adds up to a very different company. Their core values reflect our commitment to deliver social value across our business operations. This is underpinned through the company ethos ‘The Barnwood Way’.


About Rachel Harber, Director of Organised Consulting

Rachel is a CIPD fellow with over two decades of HR and recruitment expertise. Rachel provides flexible HR Solutions, bespoke services, and advice, designed to meet the immediate, interim, or long-term needs of organisation, with a passion for culture, diversity and inclusion.  With her many years’ experience in the construction and manufacturing sectors she has an understanding of the challenges and bias in these sectors.

People are the building blocks of your business. Achieving success isn’t just about recruiting the right individuals, it’s how everyone functions together as a team – and stays focused on doing the right things, in the right way.

Rachel will talk about unconscious bias and what to do about it, how to check and balance the culture within your organisation. What is the right language today, good practice and being an authentic diverse and inclusive organisation – where to start! Practical advice, tools, and tips to help you start to create a handbook, step – by – step guide to best practice and the best way forward!

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