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Fiona Cousins appointed CIBSE president

UK: CIBSE has appointed Fiona Cousins of Arup as its new president. She takes over from Adrian Catchpole.

Cousins is Arup’s Americas region chair, an Arup Fellow, and a member of the Arup Group board. She is a mechanical engineer by profession, has worked on a wide range of award-winning projects and has been a member of the CIBSE board of trustees since 2019.

Commenting on the new role, Cousins said: “These are volatile and complex times, and CIBSE has an enormous role in addressing the big challenges of our time: climate change, social inequity, and decreasing biodiversity. The breadth of impact of building services engineers, whether they be as lighting, vertical transportation, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, façade, or digital specialists, is such that we can and should be working towards addressing all of these issues.”

Her vision for CIBSE includes building on the traditional view of building performance by putting more emphasis on occupant wellbeing, air quality, acoustic performance, and resilience to climate change.

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