Julie Hirigoyen to lead UK Green Building Council

The UK Green Building Council has named Julie Hirigoyen as its new chief executive. Hirigoyen is currently UK head of sustainability for international property consultant JLL, and will take up the new role in April.

Hirigoyen was managing director and founding partner of Upstream, a sustainability strategy consultancy acquired by JLL in 2007. At JLL she was promoted to international director in 2010 and joined the UK Executive in 2011, before becoming its UK head of sustainability in 2013.

She 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.”

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.”

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