Property has come a long way since I first joined in the 1980s

COMMENT: Watching my colleague Hana Hassan stand in front of a packed theatre, talking about enhancing our industry’s image without the comfort of notes, prompts or the safety of a lectern, while conveying a quiet, reassuring confidence with no trace of hesitation or self-doubt, was one of the most inspiring feats I’ve seen in my 35-year career.

I knew Hana didn’t have a huge amount of public speaking experience, and having to do something like this just a few months ago would have seemed almost impossible.

Then came EG’s Future Female Leaders programme. In