Bola Abisogun appointed to the CSTT Board

Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT) makes a key new appointment to its Board and announces a new initiative to help improve diversity in the surveying profession

The CSTT, the charity focussed on improving access to the surveying profession for young people from disadvantage backgrounds or with barriers, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bola Abisogun OBE FRICS MCIOB as a director. Bola is the Founder and Chair of DiverseCitySurveyors 


William Hill, Chair of the CSTT commented:

“Bola is an eminent and inspirational member of the Surveying Profession  and will be a huge asset to the CSTT.  With Antonia Belcher, who leads on LGBTQ+ matters, we have two fantastic role models to show that surveying is open to everyone regardless of their background.  He joins at an important time as we launch an important new initiative.”

CSTT has for many years created opportunities for young people from disadvantaged and/or minority backgrounds to become Chartered Surveyors.  However, in an attempt to broaden the employee base in industry from these groups  CSTT is pleased to announce the expansion of its successful pilot school programme called My Environment My Future.  Developed by teachers for teachers as a module for the GCSE Geography course it aims to  open the eyes of young people, their teachers and their parents to the wide range of interesting, well paid and rewarding careers open to people in the built environment.

Whilst MEMF is available to all schools CSTT are prioritising its roll out  to those that have catchments drawn from socially deprived areas and with high numbers of pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Terry Watts, chief executive of CSTT commented:

“We enable teachers to deliver the existing Geography GCSE curriculum with enriched, real world content, supported by young professionals from Industry. By doing this we will overcome the outdated image of hard hats and muddy holes. We also address the Gatsby Benchmark 4, linking curriculum learning to careers, that schools are now required to address.”

Bola Abisogun commented

“I have been speaking out about diversity and the barriers faced by my colleagues in the profession for over 20 years now. As I have said recently in a number of forums, the time for talking is over. We know what is needed now is action, and I believe the CSTT is taking the right actions by reaching out to schools and young people, as well as their parents, to make the case for careers in Surveying and the Built Environment. I know from my own experience with schools the sector is hidden in plain sight for many, and we need to engage with passion and excitement of the next generation for the environment they live in and need to help us shape. I am really looking forward the working with the CSTT.”

23/11/2020 11:11:04