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“I wanted to give something back to both the CIOB and the industry”

CIOB volunteers reviewed 30 applications between them. so what made them do it?

The CIOB Midlands & Eastern team saw a big increase in members applying for professional review since lockdown and has been grateful for the PR champions who helped review applications. 

John Hodgins FCIOB, Paul E Mansell MCIOB, Paul Hurst MCIOB, Heather Jones FCIOB, Gary Berns MCIOB, Paul Vega FCIOB and Matthew Clarke MCIOB reviewed over 30 reports in five months.

Heather Jones, strategic lead 3C building standards, Partnership of Cambridge City, Huntingdon DC and South Cambs DC

“I volunteered to be part of the PR process as I wanted to give something back to both the CIOB – having been a member of many years and participated in local hubs in England and Wales – and also to the industry. 

“I firmly believe the CIOB is supportive of its membership and it is a two-way process. It is also very rewarding when you receive feedback and thanks from the candidate when they have achieved their professional membership.” 

Gary Berns senior surveyor, Kier Living, Central Region

“Being a PR champion has provided me with the tools to give back to the construction industry through the CIOB. I have been fortunate throughout my career in construction to have worked amongst other willing individuals that have been able to help me fulfil my aspirations both with the CIOB and RICS. 

“Volunteering to carry out PR reviews for candidates who wish to become a Chartered Member has placed me in a position to be able to return the favour to others who share the same ambitions.”

Paul Mansell, managing director at Broseley Projects (mentor for the CQI), consulting general manager at Haywood and Jackson

“For many years when I was working to become MCIOB my experience of attempting to get the correct information was difficult to say the least.

“I contacted several organisations to solicit help and guidance but all wanted to charge for their time which was very expensive, so I took the task on myself and managed to contact the right people within the CIOB. I completed the application and was awarded MCIOB.

“I promised myself if I could help any future applicants to become MCIOB I would do all in my power to do so. This is why I became a PR champion – it brings me great satisfaction to see the applications I have reviewed and the applicants become MCIOB.”

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