Emery Planning leads the way.
Macclesfield-based Emery Planning has come out on top in a Planning Consultancy Market Report ranking the UK’s biggest planning consultancies that employ the highest proportion of female chartered town planners.
More than half of the company’s professional team are female (56%); more than any of the 148 UK-wide consultancies that participated in the survey.
Emery also ranked highly on gender equality at director level; more than a third of its board are women(38%).
Director, Caroline Payne, says the company doesn’t have a specific policy on gender diversity: “We employ based on individual merit and whether a candidate will deliver to clients and colleagues, not because of their gender. For us, gender equality is not really something we have to think about or work on, its an innate part of our company culture. Having a higher than average proportion of female planners on the team is an attractive proposition to women in the planning industry as it’s a largely male dominated profession. We’re also renown for our support of flexible working, and this has played an important role in our ability to retain women planners and, in fact, to retain most of our planners.”
Source: INCheshire Magazine: Issue 161: March 2020