UK Green Building Council appoints new Chief Executive

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has appointed Julie Hirigoyen as its new Chief Executive after an extensive recruitment process, which attracted an extremely strong field of applicants.

Andrew Gould, Chairman of UK-GBC, announced last week that the Board of Trustees has appointed Julie to the role and she will replace outgoing Chief Executive Paul King, assuming the position in April 2015.

Julie will lead the industry-backed charity as it goes into its eighth year of campaigning for a sustainable built environment.

Julie has been at the forefront of sustainability in the real estate sector throughout her entire career. She was Managing Director and founding partner of Upstream, a leading sustainability strategy consultancy which was acquired by JLL in 2007.

Having led the Upstream team through the integration into JLL, Julie oversaw further development of cutting-edge 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. Julie has played a key role in JLL’s own sustainability journey, overseeing a significant change programme over the past seven years.

Julie 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.

Outgoing Chief Executive Paul King 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.

“I’m delighted to hand on the baton to Julie, a hugely respected sustainability professional who has a brilliant track record of delivery, and I look forward to supporting her and the team as an active member.”

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This article has been adapted from an article published in UK-GBC.