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Young professionals shape the future of CIOB

Steering group of CIOB’s 2030 Visionary Project is set to announce further plans soon
Clockwise from top left: Lin Qi; Don Sibe; Rachael Keeble; Joshua Waterman
Clockwise from top left: Lin Qi; Don Sibe; Rachael Keeble; Joshua Waterman

In June 2020 CIOB president Mark Beard announced the launch of the CIOB 2030 Visionary Project.

The initiative aims to set up a global vision for the CIOB based on industry best practice and where the built environment should develop over the next decade, analysing emerging trends and implementing new technologies.

Consultations with members began last summer and the 2030 Visionary Steering Group led by Rachael Keeble, a senior project manager at 3PM, will announce plans soon.

“It is great to know the UAE is included and the Vision 2030 is not just for the UK.”

Don Sibe

Also involved are: Lin Qi, assistant project manager at LM JV (Laing O’Rourke and Murphy Group Joint Venture) and chair of Birmingham Novus; Don Sibe, junior planning engineer at Kier Group in Dubai and vice-chair at Novus-CIOB UAE; and Joshua Waterman, associate director at Turner & Townsend.

Sibe was inspired by Beard’s vision of a CIOB that “stays at the vanguard of construction in a future that reflects the global needs of the next wave of talent and younger members”. He loves its global nature: “It is great to know the UAE is included and the Vision 2030 is not just for the UK.”

Qi joined as she is passionate about shaping the industry. “I wanted the opportunity to champion the best interests of the younger generation, especially women, into the engineering and construction industry.”

Being a part of the group provides her with an excellent opportunity to positively influence change: “As an advocate of diversity and inclusion I wanted the prospect of inspiring a greater number of diverse members to join the CIOB and to ensure that the importance of diversity and inclusion has an emphasis in the 2030 vision.”

Waterman too saw joining the group as a “once in a generation” chance to help shape the future of the body.

He said: “It’s important to make sure the CIOB can support and help students and young professionals through their careers in the future, exactly like it hugely helped me during my career.”

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