Chris Keast is Co-Chair of the CIOB Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist Advisory Panel and is a Chartered Building Engineer, Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, member of ICOMOS, member of the Institute of Leadership and Management and Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.
Following a successful career in the public sector as a Building Surveyor, Chris moved into education heading up the Postgraduate and Degree Apprenticeship Courses in Property Management and Development at Nottingham Trent University. As a trade union official, Chris has for over twenty years ceaselessly campaigned on EDI issues, seeking to give a voice to members and empowering them to achieve fair outcomes, often against seemingly overwhelming odds.
Living with a life limiting industrial disease and having further suffered life-changing injuries in an accident in 2006, Chris is acutely aware that much of the built environment remains inaccessible for people with disabilities and additional needs. This area of work has become the focus of his current research and a driver for his work with the CIOB.
Chris was a founder member of the Disabled Employees Network at NTU, a member of NADSN, an LGBTQ+ ally and a Judge for The Inspire Awards, Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion in UK Construction, Engineering and Housing.