Knight Frank strengthens DE&I team with new appointment

In an expansion of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) efforts across the company, Knight Frank appoints a new Head of DE&I.

Knight Frank has appointed Hannah Awonuga as its new Group Head of DE&I | BTR News
Knight Frank has appointed Hannah Awonuga as its new Group Head of DE&I.

Global property adviser Knight Frank has appointed Hannah Awonuga as Group Head of DE&I, ensuring that there is a roadmap in place to implement DE&I initiatives and strengthen its commitment to making the company diverse and inclusive.

Carrying over seventeen years of experience in the banking industry, Hannah joins Knight Frank from Barclays Bank Plc where she was Global Director and Head of DE&I Colleague Engagement. 

At Barclays, Hannah was a member of the DE&I senior leadership team – responsible for the design and delivery of the firm’s global DE&I colleague engagement strategy, including its interventions for all global colleagues, clients and customers – covering c. 90,000 employees across the UK, Europe, Middle East, Americas and APAC.

She was also responsible for introducing and implementing the firm’s global social mobility strategy and defining and repositioning the Barclays’ Global Employee Resource Groups, aligning the ERG strategy to the bank’s five key DE&I priorities.

“At Knight Frank we are committed to unlocking the potential of all our people, creating a diverse place to work where all are seen, heard, valued and thrive. Due to the efforts of our Business Balance groups, we have made great progress but have much to do. Hannah’s appointment is demonstrative of our commitment to build an inclusive and balanced partnership, and her experience will enable us to implement a robust, measurable DE&I strategy and plan, designed to create equitable outcomes for all.”

Karen Bowes, Group Chief People Officer, Knight Frank

In Hannah’s new role at Knight Frank, she will focus on providing strategic direction to the Group Executive and UK Boards, Business Balance leads and formulate and execute a DE&I strategy to facilitate the adoption of industry-wide best practices in DE&I, as well as develop a set of metrics which will drive this agenda across the company.

She will also focus on developing a strategic roadmap with the overall purpose of providing a superior experience for Knight Frank’s people.

Hannah’s appointment follows that of Karen Bowes who was appointed as Knight Frank’s Group Chief People Officer earlier this year, demonstrating the crucial importance of group and workplace culture.

“Knight Frank’s focus on its people mirrors my own values and commitment to creating a culture where everyone can thrive. It is critical to the success of our business to enhance the employee experience and ensure that we are cultivating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion across the business. I look forward to working with the Board, partners and all colleagues to build on Knight Frank’s culture to create an environment where all colleagues have a sense of inclusion and belonging.”

Hannah Awonuga, Partner, Group Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Knight Frank