Amanda Clack FRICS is today being inaugurated as the RICS President for 2016-17.
Ms. Clack is a Partner at EY, and is Head of Infrastructure (Advisory), leading on infrastructure across government and the private sector.
As a global professional body, RICS recognises the economic value of infrastructure investment. Anestimated $57tn is required to meet global infrastructure needs by 2030 and RICS professionals can help projects to complete on time and within budget.
During her presidency, Ms. Clack will focus on this area, as well as city development, including the creation of smart and sustainable cities. She will also work with RICS teams around the world to promote and embed international standards.
By 2050, we will have 6.3bn people living in our cities. These enduring structures hold the key to meeting the challenges presented by climate change, resource scarcity and growing populations. Through the development of smart cities and large-scale infrastructure projects, the industry can help make these cities a success. RICS has the opportunity to lead on the issues of attracting finance, managing risk and being more sustainable.
A senior role model for the profession, Ms. Clack will also passionately promote greater diversity in the industry. To create a workforce fit for the future, the profession must reflect the diversity of communities globally. This includes how we attract, retain and develop talent.
Diversity should be seen as a business strategy. If we do nothing to attract a more diverse workforce, how can we expect to deliver important projects for diverse populations around the world?