Julie Hirigoyen is set to replace Paul King as the chief executive of the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC)
Hirigoyen, who is currently head of sustainability at international property consultant JLL, will replace takeover in April.
She will lead the industry-backed charity into its eighth year of campaigning at a time when the organisation is gearing up to the general election.
King, who has headed up the sustainability organisation since its launch seven years ago, is to become managing director for sustainability at Lend Lease, where he will replace the company’s current head of sustainability Pascal Mittermaier.
While at the UK-GBC, King led the campaign for a zero carbon target for non-domestic buildings, and supported the recognition of young talent with the establishment of the Rising Stars Awards.
Hirigoyen 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.’
UK-GBC chairman Andrew Gould, added: ‘Paul has led the organisation brilliantly from its formation, supported by a great team and a wonderfully committed membership. 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. The board of trustees is really pleased to have secured her as CEO and looks forward to supporting her through the next phase of UK-GBC’s development.’
Speaking about leaving his role at the UK-GBC King commented: ‘It’s been a tremendous privilege to lead UK-GBC over the last eight years, in the company of many talented and committed people. While we’ve come a long way in that time, in many ways we are still at the beginning of delivering a built environment that will provide people everywhere with a high quality of life in ways the planet can afford.’