UK Green Building Council appoints new chief executive

The UK head of sustainability for international property consultants JLL, Julie Hirigoyen, has been appointed as the new chief executive of the UK Green Building Council.

UK Green Building Council appoints new chief executive

Hirigoyen will replace outgoing chief executive Paul King and will take up her new position in April 2015.

She was managing director and founding partner of Upstream, a sustainability strategy consultancy which was acquired by JLL in 2007.

Having led the Upstream team through the integration into JLL, she oversaw further development of sustainability services to property investors and occupiers across the UK and EMEA. She was promoted to international director in 2010 and joined the UK Executive in 2011, before becoming JLL’s UK head of sustainability in 2013.

Hirigoyen said: “I’m thrilled by the opportunity of leading UK-GBC through the next stage of its journey. Its outstanding reputation is richly deserved – not least due to Paul King’s own transformational leadership, but also the sustainability know-how and can-do attitude of a professional team and a committed membership.

“We’ve come a long way over the past decade, with sustainability now a mainstream concern for many organisations involved in the built environment. The next step requires mass uptake of sustainability solutions across the entire property lifecycle, breaking down silos and deploying systems-thinking to achieve radical change. I am truly excited to tackle this challenge alongside the existing UK-GBC team, members and Trustees.

“I’m also looking forward to continuing to work with JLL, a founding member of UK-GBC. I feel sure the business will go from strength to strength, and have thoroughly enjoyed my 17 years with the Upstream team and later JLL.”

Outgoing Chief Executive Paul King said he was delighted to be handing over the baton to a “hugely respected sustainability professional”.

He said: “It’s been a tremendous privilege to lead UK-GBC over the last eight years, in the company of many talented and committed people. While we’ve come a long way in that time, in many ways we are still at the beginning of delivering a built environment that will provide people everywhere with a high quality of life in ways the planet can afford.”

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