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Sophie Bell

Sophie Bell

Senior Archaeology and Heritage Consultant, Fuller Long

I am a seasoned archaeology consultant with nearly six years of dedicated expertise in the field. I have a passion for Anglo-Saxon and Medieval archaeology but I have worked on projects which span all archaeological periods. I have also provided heritage support for a range of projects, helping people get permission for all sorts of projects in or in close proximity to Archaeological Priority Areas, Scheduled Monuments, Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas, Registered Parks and Gardens and World Heritage Sites. Outside of my professional pursuits, I am deeply committed to their community. In my free time, I serve as a City Councillor for Milton Keynes City Council and I work tirelessly to improve the lives of my residents. As a neurodiverse woman, I am keen to use my position of power to improve SEND provision for children and young people, and improve outcomes for children who have been in care.

Statement:

Driving diversity, equality, and inclusion in construction is not just a moral imperative but a strategic necessity for the industry and society at large. Embracing diversity in construction fosters innovation, creativity, and adaptability. When we bring together people from different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, we tap into a wealth of ideas and solutions that can drive progress and enhance the quality of our projects. Moreover, promoting equality ensures that everyone has equal access to opportunities, regardless of their gender, race, age, or other characteristics. This not only benefits individuals but also strengthens the workforce by attracting and retaining a broader pool of talent. Inclusion is equally vital because it's not enough to simply have diverse employees; they must also feel valued, respected, and empowered to contribute fully. Inclusive workplaces cultivate a sense of belonging and create an environment where everyone can thrive, resulting in higher job satisfaction and productivity. From a societal perspective, a diverse and inclusive construction industry sets an example for other sectors to follow. It demonstrates that the industry is committed to breaking down barriers, addressing historical disparities, and championing fairness. This can inspire positive change beyond construction, shaping a more equitable society. Driving diversity, equality, and inclusion in construction is essential for its competitiveness, resilience, and sustainability. It's about harnessing the collective strength of a diverse workforce, ensuring fairness, and setting a powerful example for the world. By embracing these principles, we not only build better structures but also a better future for all.