Leading banking and finance lawyer, Jennie Dorsaint, has joined the board of directors of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) UK — an affiliate group of the wider global organisation, CREW Network.
Jennie, who is currently a partner at global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, joins board members Siobhan Godley of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Rebecca Davison of Howard Kennedy, Kathryn Harrison-Thomas of Citicorp, Ginny Gibson of Henley Business School, Reading University, Helena Hughes of The Instant Group, and Jackie McRobert of T Rowe Price Investments.
The appointment comes at a critical time for the network, as it looks to further expand its global successful operations in the UK, following the maturation of its well-respected mentoring programme, and seeing a strong increase in membership in 2021, amidst a global pandemic.
With over 15 years’ experience within the industry, including at Paul Hastings and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP as well as in her current role, Jennie will assist driving forward CREW UK’s goal of promoting inclusiveness and gender parity within the sector.
Siobhan Godley, 2021 CREW UK Chair, commented: “We’re delighted that Jennie has joined the board. Her wealth of experience, as well as her own unique perspective, will help to shape our initiatives going forward, and provide valuable insight to our members and network.
“As we head into a post-pandemic world with working practices changed forever, it’s more crucial than ever that women’s voices are heard, and that they are provided with the support, connections, and tools needed to progress their careers.
“We’re constantly looking to broaden our horizons and include diverse voices, and as such, Jennie will certainly be able to put her skills to good use in helping us to achieve our objectives. We’re all very much looking forward to working more closely with her.”
Jennie was invited to join the board after her successful role as a mentor in the CREW UK Connects Programme, which links people within the commercial property industry and is designed to support women in overcoming barriers to progression.
In relation to her appointment, Jennie added: “I’m thrilled to be able to share my key learnings from throughout my career with the wider real estate community, to help work towards CREW UK’s aims, and add value to the wider CREW Network globally.
“My area of focus is on mentorship, particularly for women and underrepresented communities in the industry – helping them to understand that there is space for them in commercial real estate and to build a more inclusive environment for all.
“As a person that is an active participant within the sector, I will also look to link CREW UK with other trade associations and networking groups within the real estate industry to help realise opportunities and share ideas more expansively.”
Starting her career in her native Montreal, before emigrating to London in 2007, Jennie found her passion for commercial property finance early on, working on real estate finance transactions at a very junior level.