Urbano Communities


Since we began in 2011, Urbano has had a proud track record of championing opportunities for women, especially in historically male dominated industries and sectors, such as construction and engineering.

Around 50% of an Urbano Build event audience are female, many running their own companies or with senior positions at larger companies. Our speakers have also included many leading and inspiring women from across the ACTE & STEM sectors - see list below - and our first four speakers of 2018 have all been women.

To develop deeper connections between women in SMEs and larger ‘corporates’, we are adding a new community to Urbano for 2018: UWACTE (Urbano Women In Architecture, Construction, Technology & Engineering) where women in Urbano member firms can develop and enhance their connections across our network.

We will also seek to invite more female speakers from across the 'Build' sectors and beyond, as well as running UWACTE events.

UWACTE Launch Event & Networking Evening - Wednsday June 27th
To celebrate our new UWACTE Community, we are hosting an evening event at Bakers' Hall in the City of London on Wednesday June 27th - timed for London Festival of Architecture (LFA) - where we will officially launch UWACTE (Urbano Women In Architecture Construction Technology & Engineering).

This event will bring together female members, previous Urbano speakers and and guests from across relevant companies across the Urbano Network to celebrate the contribution women make to the ACTE & STEM sectors.

UWACTE Launch Event

At Urbano, we see all our events  as catalysts to quality connections and as such our events are open to not only women and men, but also companies from any sector and stage of business. UWACTE will help support our own efforts to support diversity and encourage entrepreneurship across the ACTE & STEM sectors at events and also online.

Some of our past female speakers at Urbano

  • Ella Bennett - HR Director, Fujitsu UK & Ireland
  • Pauline Bickerton - Entrepreneur in Residence at Cass Business School
  • Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne - Founder, Genius Foods
  • Charlie Duff - Global Social Media Relations Manager, Ernst & Young
  • Jane Duncan - ex President of RIBA
  • Jacqui Glass - Professor of Architecture & Sustainable Construction
  • Teresa Gonzalez Rico - Future Cities Catapult Project Lead
  • Daisy Goodwin – Producer/Writer of ITV Series ‘Victoria’
  • Jo Haigh - Dealmaker and responsible for over 300 multi-million deals
  • Kate Holt - HR Director at KPMG UK
  • Nicola Horlick - 'Superwoman', CEO of Derby Street Films
  • Lara Morgan - Entrepreneur & ex CEO of Pacific Health
  • Sadie Morgan - Founding Director, dRMM
  • Ann Pickering – Chief HR Officer at O2
  • Modwenna Rees-Mogg - Editor of Angel News
  • Jackie Sadek - CEO of UK Regeneration
  • Jo Taylor - Former Head of Talent Management, TalkTalk
  • Katie Wood - Director of Operations Consulting, ARUP
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Next Events

  1. London Networking Event on VR AR AI

    Thursday May 31st, 8:00am

    Urbano Media/Tech/Build networking event - an immersive demonstration of virtual and augmented reality and its potential uses across a range of business sectors.

    Read more > Realities Centre
  2. Urbano Tendering Workshop

    Tuesday June 5th, 1:00pm

    Urbano Tendering Workshop to demystify the tender process - open to those in any sector responsible for winning bids for their company!

    Read more > ABG (Urbano Member)
  3. London Networking Event - Finance/People/Tech Networking Lunch in The City

    Wednesday June 6th, 12:30pm

    Urbano networking lunch at Swingers The City - networking over great food, conversations and a round of indoor golf.

    Read more > Swingers The City