Ian Williams confirmed to speak at the National Housing Maintenance Forum Conference 2020 on ‘How to be more competitive by closing the gender pay gap’

A team representing Ian Williams and PML Group have been invited to present at the National Housing Maintenance Forum (NHMF) Conference 2020 on the topic of how organisations can become more competitive by closing the gender pay gap. The three presenters will be putting the gender pay gap under the spotlight and opening up debate on a topic, that despite legislative measures to address it, is often still an elephant in the room.

Wednesday 22nd January: 11:40am Dorset Room, Hilton Birmingham Metropole, NEC  3E How to be more competitive by closing the gender pay gap
Amy Boothman, Development Manager, Ian Williams
Kim Newman, Managing Director, PML Group
Claire Elston, Human Resources Manager, Ian Williams

Amy Boothman, Development Manager from Ian Williams who will be part of the team presenting comments: “Although we’ll be looking at the issue from the perspective of the construction sector as a whole, we’ll also be drilling down into the specifics of what has been happening in the maintenance and refurbishment markets and comparing common themes unveiled across the Gender Pay Gap reports within our sector. We’ll look at the varying approaches manufacturers, suppliers and housing providers have been taking to tackle the issue, and more importantly, discuss the competitive potential for organisations who are getting it right. Finally, the workshop will make recommendations based on this analysis to try to address the sector wide issue for the longer term.

“While we’re conducting our own research on the issue, we’re also keen to hear from other professionals in the industry about their own organisation’s approach to tackling the gender pay gap; learn about initiatives that have been taken that have been successful -or maybe not; and try to include anecdotal evidence as well as hard data. If you’d like to contribute, as a named contributor or anonymously, please contact me directly: amy.boothman@ianwilliams.co.uk

Meet The Speakers


A modern languages graduate from Southampton University, Development Manager Amy joined Ian Williams in 2010 and now manages all aspects of development including new business and marketing. Throughout her career she has successfully led the acquisition of major accounts with some of the UK’s largest private and public sector organisations. Amy has a deep understanding of current best practice with respect to procurement, legislation and asset management.  She is the author of erosh’s ‘Sensitive Contractor’s Guide’ and is a regular contributor to best practice papers, with a particular interest in equality and diversity, the skills agenda and procurement within the maintenance sector




Claire Elston is the Human Resources Manager for Ian Williams, joining the organisation in 2000. As a specialist in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Claire is responsible for the implementation and delivery of strategies, policies & initiatives within her organisation, ensuring they maintain an inclusive, positive culture and environment





Kim has over 25 years’ experience having originally qualified as a surveyor and procurement specialist and then progressed into a variety of roles with national management consultancy practices. Since 1996 she has been the founder and co-owner of PML, a leading consultancy and advisory business that works with organisations and leaders within the housing and facilities management sectors, supporting them to improve their performance and develop the skills to collaborate more effectively with their staff, teams, customers and partners to create and maintain win : win business relationships. Kim Newman is an award-winning business leader and published author. She is also the Chair of Orwell Housing Association in Suffolk




Ian Williams has had strong affiliations with the NHMF and have been members since 2006. Specialists from across our business regularly present on topics both practical and strategic surrounding our markets and Ian Williams’ Executive Director Mike Turner is the Chair of the NHMF Contractors Forum.

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