An organisation designed to enhance the profile of women in property is to launch a branch in Cumbria.

The Lancashire and Cumbria branch of Women in Property is being launched this July, with its inaugural event taking place in Carlisle.

The branch will be the first of its kind in the area, as part of the national organisation which seeks to enhance the profile of women in the male-dominated construction and property sectors.

Property litigation associate Lucie Barnes from lawyers Baines Wilson has helped form the branch and is inviting people to the event on July 9.

Lucie will be joined by guest speakers Pat Graham, chief executive of Copeland Borough Council, who will talk about her role as a female leader in the property industry, and Mandy St John Davey, national chairman of Women in Property and entrepreneurial property developer, who will outline the work of the organisation across the UK network.

Women represent only 15 per cent of the property and construction industry workforce.

Women in Property works to create opportunities, expand knowledge and inspire change for women in the industry.

This includes work to link members to fellow professionals across sectors and across the UK.

The organisation encourages an exchange of ideas, often through workshops, site visits, keynote talks, social events and mentoring.

It also encourages girls to enter the sector, as well as supporting women in mid-career and at board level.

Lucie said: “I hope this event will be the first of many so that we can create a great local support network.

"I’m passionate about supporting our industry in being balanced, diverse and inclusive and I’m looking forward to connecting with fellow professionals.”

The event will take place from 6pm to 8.30pm at The Halston, Carlisle. If you would like to attend, please contact