Dandara Wales Planning Manager new EDI Ambassador for HBF

A planning manager for independent housebuilder Dandara Wales has been selected as the Home Builders Federation’s [HBF] Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador for Wales.

Sean Taylor, who joined Dandara in July 2022, was nominated to take up the role for the home building industry’s principle trade body, whose member organisations account for some 80% of all new homes built in England and Wales each year.

Sean’s EDI role will see him representing Wales at a national level, participating in quarterly forums with widely-known national home builders and regional SME businesses, discussing opportunities and shaping new policies. As an ambassador Sean has set up a new forum for EDI in Wales, pioneering and championing equality and diversity.

Sean has recently been invited to join Building and Constructing Excellence in Wales for a roundtable discussion with the Welsh Government’s Minister for the Economy, Vaughan Gething. Sean was given the opportunity to outline and discuss current EDI issues in Wales and put forward suggestions to help progress diversity opportunities in the construction and property sector.

Sean comments: “Having worked in the planning industry in Wales for the past 20 years, creating opportunities for increasing diversity is something I’m really passionate about. I’m excited to use this appointment to promote equality, diversity in the Welsh construction and planning industry.

“Before becoming the ambassador for the HBF I was already getting involved in promoting diversity and inclusion as part of my every-day work. Now as ambassador for the HBF I have the opportunity to work with a vast range of housebuilders who are also interested in championing EDI and illustrate the importance it has across the sector.”

Sean continued: “It’s been exciting in recent years to see the construction industry step up and celebrate women in construction and the new opportunities stemming from this. It’s great inspiration and I believe now is the perfect time to push the EDI agenda and prioritise more diversity.”

Martin Smith, Managing Director, Dandara Wales & West, added: “It’s a credit to Sean’s hard work and passion to see him appointed as EDI ambassador for Wales, and we couldn’t be prouder. His commitment to inclusion has been invaluable to us, and we’re looking forward to supporting him in this new role spanning across the country.” Find out more