The UK Green Building Council has named Jones Lang LaSalle UK’s former chief exeuctive Andrew Gould as chairman, succeeding Lend Lease’s group chief operating officer Dan Labbad.
Mr Gould, who has worked for Jones Lang LaSalle since 1989, was chief executive of the real estate services firm between 2009 and 2012.
He replaces Dan Labbad, who served as Lend Lease’s chief executive officer in Europe, the Middle East and Africa until his appointment as group chief operating officer last year.
The UK-GBC is an industry-led campaign group made up of 400 organisations across the built environment sector.
Mr Gould said: “The real estate and built environment sector is responsible for over a third of the world’s carbon emissions, so has a crucial part to play in tackling climate change.
“The UK should be at the forefront of this challenge and strong leadership is coming from the private sector. We need to see greater consistency on policy from Government to support this.
“As well as being the right thing to do there are significant business benefits in a green economy, with greener buildings being more resilient; a better long term investment; and better for occupiers and users.
“But there is a long way to go, and through my chairing of the UK Green Building Council I hope we can move Sustainability even further into mainstream business consciousness, and in particular engage the finance sector, which plays a crucial role.”
UK-GBC chief executive Paul King said: “Andrew is a very well-respected and influential figure in the property sector.
“His appointment demonstrates the seriousness with which the industry is now getting to grips with sustainability and shows a real commitment to the cause. Under Andrew’s chairmanship I’m confident UK-GBC can go from strength to strength..elighted that Andrew will be taking on the chair and wish him, Paul King and the UK-GBC board all the best as they continue to drive for a sustainable built environment.”