JLL's Ollie Saunders named one of the UK's top ten LGBT+ Inspiring Leaders

JLL’s Ollie Saunders has today been shortlisted as one of the UK’s top ten LGBT+ Inspirational Leaders in this year’s NatWest British LGBT+Awards

February 05, 2019

JLL’s Ollie Saunders has today been shortlisted as one of the UK’s top ten LGBT+ Inspirational Leaders in this year’s NatWest British LGBT+Awards.  

The British LGBT+ awards short list has recognised Ollie as one of the first visible LGBT professionals in the property sector.  He joined the board of Freehold, the leading networking forum for LGBT property professionals, when it was founded in 2011.   It has attracted over 1,100 members and has been described by many as a 'pioneering LGBT+ network'.  It was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Property Award by at the Estates Gazette Awards in 2018.  Ollie spearheaded the establishment of a mentoring programme at Freehold, which has resulted in more than 50 real estate professionals being mentored in five years and he has personally mentored 10 individuals.

Ollie is the executive sponsor of Building Pride, the JLL internal LGBT+ network.   JLL was the first real estate adviser to be included in the Stonewall Equality Index, entering at number 64, in 2019.

Jeff Pearey, UK executive co-sponsor of JLL’s Building Pride network, said: “Ollie has been shortlisted due to his significant contribution to LGBT+ and wider inclusion, both within JLL and the wider real estate industry.  This is a hugely deserved recognition of the positive impact and change that Ollie has been involved with. Diversity and inclusion is now at the forefront of the UK real estate sector thanks in part to the influence Ollie and Freehold has played.”

The NatWest British LGBT+ Awards is designed to showcase individuals and organisations that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the LGBT community. The Awards believe that those who go the extra mile to ensure equality, opportunity and fair treatment for all regardless of sexuality, deserve to be recognised. The overall winners will be announced at a ceremony in London in May.