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BESA Appoints Rebecca Fox as New Membership Director

BESA Appoints Rebecca Fox as New Membership Director
21 April 2023
 

Rebecca Fox, former Director of Membership and Business Development at the Association for Project Management, has been named as the Building Engineering Services Association’s new Director of Membership.

Rebecca Fox has also worked as Group Head of Membership at the Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply having progressed from General Manager for the Middle East and North Africa and before that had a series of international roles at the logistics company DHL.

Rebecca said: “I thrive on having an impact and making a difference, so this seemed the ideal new challenge. BESA is a fantastic brand with a strong heritage, and it is my vision to strengthen and grow the BESA membership brand and base.

“We should not be afraid to challenge and evolve our value proposition to ensure it is relevant and compelling. Our members’ businesses are changing; their marketplace is evolving, and we are on the cusp of regulatory and technological transformation that will have a major impact on the sector. Our membership offer must keep pace.”

“The larger firms will make less use of our in-house services, but they are looking for representation and influence, a sense of belonging – so could we be doing more for our senior leaders? The smaller members have different needs, and we must be flexible enough to adapt and remain close to them.”

 

“I am passionate about seeing more women and young people in this sector – and BESA has a crucial role to play. This is a Cinderella profession that needs to be better promoted: We have all these incredible buildings, but people have only ever heard of the architect. That needs to change so that more people see our sector as a great place to make a living and make a difference.”

–Rebecca Fox

Director of Membership, BESA

 

Expansion to BESA's Membership Team

 

BESA is expanding its membership team and Rebecca said this would help to improve engagement and communication with members. She continued: “We need to understand what they are doing, who are their customers and what they worry about so we can provide them with the right products and services. We have a fantastic offer, and we need to spread the word.”

Rebecca sees great opportunities around skills, the adoption of new technologies, artificial intelligence (AI) and BIM and believes new legislation will have a major impact: “The Building Safety Act should help to restore some of the trust that has been lost since the Grenfell disaster and the collapse of Carillion – and we are starting to address the race to the bottom on procurement that has caused so many problems,” said Rebecca.

“COVID also shone a light on indoor air quality and the role of buildings in protecting health and well-being, so that is another key area where we can promote the work of BESA members and their supply chains.”

She also said the industry “still looks a bit blokey”, so its bodies and employers would have to embrace the changes needed to accommodate diversity and inclusivity

“I am passionate about seeing more women and young people in this sector – and BESA has a crucial role to play. This is a Cinderella profession that needs to be better promoted: We have all these incredible buildings, but people have only ever heard of the architect. That needs to change so that more people see our sector as a great place to make a living and make a difference.”

Picture: a photograph of Rebecca Fox. Image Credit: Metacommerz

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 21 April 2023

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