The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is the representative forum for the professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry.

Diversity & Inclusion Panel

The Diversity & Inclusion Panel is a collaborative forum and platform for members of all construction disciplines and professional bodies to identify and promote diversity policy and activities within the construction industry.

The Panel is chaired by Maria Coulter BEM.

To lead collaboration and inspire innovation that will bring about cultural change in the built environment professions and construction industry

To identify and promote diversity policy and activities within the built environment.


  • Prepare a strategy to influence and engage with industry leaders to bring about a cultural change in attitudes to diversity, fairness and respect within our workplace(s)
  • Develop a media plan to showcase positive images of construction as a means of attracting a diverse workforce improve our image and fix our reputation
  • Define what diversity means in practice and develop a model/guide with training programme for the workforce
  • Attract and retain young people as the future leaders of our industry
  • Open up career paths and provide ladders of opportunity

To download a copy of the Diversity & Inclusion Panel’s Terms of Reference please click here


A Blueprint for Change

With total coverage of over 207,000 industry professionals, the report provides a significant insight into the industry’s progress since the first CIC Diversity Panel report was published in 2009, ahead of the introduction of the 2010 Equality Act.

A Blueprint for Change indicates that:

  • there has been a 1% increase in the number of female professionals in the construction workforce;
  • the gender mix in industry varies with age with a notable increase in females aged 25 and under;
  •  more people are due to retire than are joining the industry at a young age;
  • only two of the participating institutions gather data on sexual orientation;
  • the religious profile of the industry remains the same as in 2009 ;
  • among those who choose to disclose ethnicity, the BAME population is 11.3% of the industry;
  • less than 5% of the industry declare disability;
  • Consultancy is outperforming other areas of industry in attracting women and people from BAME background.

For a copy of the report click here