Rebecca Thompson has been appointed as the new president of the Chartered Institute of Building.
Ms Thompson, who has trained as a specialist in heritage conservation, will take over from outgoing Paul Nash as the 114th president of the CIOB – and only the second woman to assume the role.
As well as running her own consultancy business Thompson Heritage Consultancy, Ms Thompson has worked as a part-time lecturer in building studies at York College since July 2016.
She started out in the industry as a trainee surveyor at Shepherd Construction from 1988 to 1992, going on to hold positions with contractors and consultants including EC Harris, Yorkon and the NHBC. Most recently, she has worked at York Minister for seven years.
In her inaugural address as CIOB president, Ms Thompson called for industry leaders to create a more inclusive profession.
“At the heart of diversity is inclusion,” she said. “It’s an attitude of, ‘How can I made the work environment more conducive to people doing a good job,’ regardless of their gender, ethnic background, or any disability.
“The better we make our industry – the more professional we are – the more we will attract young people. We have a tremendous offer: a career in which one can go back to a building years later and say: I helped build that.”
Ms Thompson joined York Minister as superintendent of works in June 2009 and was responsible for the conservation, restoration and maintenance of works.
She also served as chapter steward of York Minster from July 2015 to September 2016, the equivalent of a chief executive role at the minster.