Who We Are
HANNA AFOLABI MRICS
Founder of BWRE
Hanna started BWRE as a way to connect with other black women in the property industry as she struggled to find women like her in her immediate network. She is passionate about racial and gender equality and hopes the group will help black women connect and support one another.
Hanna is the Managing Director and Founder of Mood and Space (MAS) a
development company that supports clients in creating their development vision and strategy as well as efficiently managing the processes to deliver great buildings and urban neighbourhoods. She specialises in development management for large scale regeneration projects in urban areas. Her experience includes working as Development Director for East Wick and Sweetwater - a circa £860million mixed-use regeneration scheme on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which includes
1,859 homes and 20,000 sq ft of non-residential area.
Hanna is also the vice chair of the University of Greenwich’s Construction, Property and Surveying Practices – Industry Advisory Board and is a member of Estates Gazette's Diversity & Inclusion Content Advisory Panel.
FAITH LOCKEN MRICS
Faith Locken MRICS is a Chartered Commercial Surveyor and Residential Development & Regeneration specialist. As Development Manager at Countryside Partnerships Plc Faith manages the delivery of a 1000+ residential unit regeneration scheme in North London, working in partnership with the local authority to regenerate the estate and deliver much needed affordable and private housing.
In 2020, Faith founded We Rise In, a business initiative whose mission is to inspire, elevate, and develop the careers of black professionals whilst promoting inclusion, equity, and diversity in corporate industries. We Rise In provides mentorship and leadership programmes that help mid-senior level black professionals hone the tools and skill sets they need to aspire to achieve positions of seniority in their career.
We Rise In also works with corporates to address and improve the lack of diversity at senior levels within the industry via programmes such as reverse mentoring for their corporate senior leadership teams. We Rise In’s clients include Montagu Evans LLP (real estate consultancy) and Derwent London Plc (commercial real estate developer). Most recently We Rise In won the ME100 Awards securing £10,000 in funding and business mentorship.
LOLA AKANDE MRICS
Lola began her real estate career in 2015 at Cushman and Wakefield, having joined the graduate scheme and completing 4 rotations across Valuation, Transaction Management and Retail Agency and Investment. She qualified as a Member of the Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors in 2017 under the Valuation pathway and has since focused her career in the commercial real estate Investment sector.
Currently she is an Associate in the commercial real estate team of a leading UK Financial Institution. Her responsibilities include underwriting new investment deals, monitoring development loan drawdowns, reporting on the Bank’s CRE loans portfolio and reviewing existing loan facility covenants. By joining BWRE, she hopes to connect with more black women in the real estate industry and help advance the careers of those just starting out"
Natalie Carter is an award-winning senior associate in the Real Estate team at Greenberg Traurig LLP. Joining the firm in 2018, Natalie has acted in multiple high-value and high-profile transactions including the financing, acquisition, disposal and development of a high value commercial properties across London. Committed to providing a clear pathway for other Black people pursuing a corporate law career, Natalie works with various charities and organisations including the Black Solicitors Network and Urban Lawyers, where she originally designed their annual conference.
Since 2015, over 2000 students have attended. On top of this, she is the co-Founder of Black Girls Book Club, the UK’s premier Book club for black women creating a safe space for black women to enjoy literature. Over 200 events have been hosted with celebrity guests such as June Sarpong, Malorie Blackman, Afua Hirsch and Dorothy Koomson. Natalie is a trustee of the Creative Land Trust and was appointed as a judge for the annual renowned BookSeller Awards
Ally is a chartered commercial property surveyor and registered valuer who has held roles in construction, valuation and property investment since 2013. She currently holds the role of Corporate Finance Manager for Landsec where she works to maximise the value of a real estate portfolio valued at £12.8bn.
Ally is an advocate for reducing the barriers to entry within the real estate sector to create a more diverse and inclusive industry to work in. She is chair of Diaspora the Landsec ethnic minority affinity network and active in several community initiatives to improve visibility of minority groups and increase access to and progression within the industry.