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CIBSE Names Fiona Cousins as new President

CIBSE Names Fiona Cousins as new President
11 June 2024
 

The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers has announced that Fiona Cousins will take over the membership body’s presidency from Adrian Catchpole.

Fiona is the Americas Region Chair at Arup and a mechanical engineer by profession, with degrees in Engineering Science and Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment from the University of Cambridge. She has also held several advisory roles, including her appointment by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Corey Johnson to the New York City Advisory Board for Local Law 97. 

"I am really excited about taking on the role of CIBSE president," said Fiona. "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 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."

"Much of the work of building services engineers has been very sharply focused on energy use, where the relationship with climate change has long been clear. It’s time to broaden that view to put more emphasis on other things. We spend most of our lives indoors, and buildings can support our wellbeing through air quality, acoustic performance, lighting design, or environments that support biophilia.”

Fiona takes over the presidency from Adrian Catchpole, who she thanked for his significant contributions in promoting STEM Ambassadors in schools and the certified practice initiatives. 

Picture: a photograph of Fiona Cousins. Image Credit: CIBSE

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 11 June 2024

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