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JLL UK head of sustainability Julie Hirigoyen appointed UK Green Building Council chief

The UK Green Building Council has appointed JLL UK head of sustainability Julie Hirigoyen as its new chief executive.

Ms Hirigoyen will replace outgoing chief executive Paul King, who is leaving the charity to become managing director of sustainability for Lend Lease Europe.

UK-GBC chairman Andrew Gould said the board chose Ms Hirigoyen after an “extensive recruitment process, which attracted an extremely strong field of applicants”.

She will begin in April this year.

In previous roles, Ms Hirigoyen was managing director and founding partner of Upstream, a leading sustainability strategy consultancy which was acquired by JLL in 2007.

She was then promoted to international director in 2010 and joined the UK executive in 2011, before becoming JLL’s UK head of sustainability in 2013.

She said: “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.”

Mr Gould added: “The challenge ahead is formidable – and in Julie we have found exactly the right blend of commercial industry leadership and personal commitment, coupled with persuasiveness and strategic sense to take us forward.”

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