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London

Andrew Gould appointed Chairman of UK Green Building Council (UK GBC)


Jones Lang LaSalle International Director and UK Chief Executive 2009 - 2012, Andrew Gould, has succeeded Dan Labbad, Group CEO of Lend Lease, as Chairman of the UK Green Building Council (UK GBC).

Andrew takes up the position at a time when business leaders are increasingly focused on the need to show leadership on climate change and recognise the opportunities for green growth in the UK.

Jones Lang LaSalle was a founder member of the UK-GBC and Andrew has been on the Board of Trustees since 2010. The UK Green Building Council is an industry-led campaign group, part of a global network of Councils that are active in over 90 countries worldwide.

 

Andrew 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.”
Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council, added: “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.”

 

Dan Labbad, Group CEO of Lend Lease, and outgoing UK-GBC chairman concluded: ““It’s been a pleasure to have served as chairman during a key stage in UK-GBC’s development. I am particularly pleased that over the last three years sustainability has remained near the top of the agenda for the property and construction sector. This is no small achievement given the economic climate, and UK-GBC has to take significant credit for that.

 

"I am delighted 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.”
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Notes to Editors
The UK Green Building Council’s mission is to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment, by transforming the way it is planned, designed, constructed, maintained and operated. We are a membership organisation, launched in 2007, primarily consisting of businesses from across the industry. Uniquely, we bring together anyone involved in the complex process of planning, designing, constructing, maintaining and operating buildings, along with NGOs, academic institutions and government agencies. More information about UK-GBC can be found here: www.ukgbc.org
Andrew Gould is currently International Director at Jones Lang LaSalle and has played a variety of senior leadership roles since he joined in 1989, most recently as UK Chief Executive from 2009 to 2012, including leading the firm through its successful merger with King Sturge in 2011.  Andrew is also a member of the Government’s Green Construction Board.