Sarah Speirs has been appointed director of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland (RICS Scotland), based in Edinburgh.
RICS is the principal body representing professionals employed in the land, property and construction sectors. RICS represents some 160,000 members worldwide with 11,000 members in Scotland.
The appointment confirms a new structure which sees RICS Scotland as a leading partner in the new RICS UK World Region.
As director, Sarah will be responsible for promoting the skills, values and professionalism of Scotland’s chartered surveyors. She will also ensure that RICS Scotland helps to shape government policy and influences the debate on land, property and construction issues in Scotland.
As former deputy director of RICS Scotland and more recently, head of RICS UK member communications, forty year-old Sarah has all the skills and experience required for this challenging role at both Scottish and UK level. She currently represents RICS at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and is a former council member of the National Trust for Scotland.
Originally from West Linton in north Peeblesshire, Sarah now lives in Cleish, Perth and Kinross, with her husband and two young daughters.
Commenting on her new appointment, Sarah said:
“I’m very much looking forward to again working with members in Scotland. Now more than ever, RICS Scotland needs to be at the forefront of shaping the debate on issues affecting the land, property and construction. These are challenging times but there’s still room for optimism. I want to build on that optimism and working closely with members and partners, I want to help in some little way, shape a brighter future for Scotland. I’m proud of our member’s role in such exciting projects as the new forth crossing and the 2014 Commonwealth Games and I hope to see surveyors underpinning many more such highlights like these in the future.”
Source: RICS Scotland
12 Jan 2012