UK Green Building Council CEO to step down

The UK Green Building Council's chief executive Paul King has today (11 September) announced he will be leaving the organisation after seven years.

Trustees of the charity will soon begin searching for a successor to King, who is stepping down from his role early next year. His achievements at the Green Building Council include leading a successful campaign for Government to set a zero-carbon target for non-domestic buildings.

“It is a huge privilege to lead such a dedicated UK-GBC team,” said King. “Over the last seven years the organisation has grown from 30 founder member companies to over 400 today, spanning the entire construction and property value chain, as sustainability has moved from the fringes to the mainstream.

“From the very beginning our members’ enthusiasm and commitment to our campaign for a sustainable built environment has been an inspiration, a real demonstration of what can be achieved when industry shows leadership. We’ve witnessed a sea change in industry attitudes and practice, sometimes helped, sometimes hindered by Government.

“I will be very sad to leave UK-GBC, but will stay in close contact as an active member. I’m very excited to be taking on a new role as Managing Director of Sustainability, Lend Lease Europe, working to create and regenerate some of the best places in cities around the region.”

Outstanding leadership

The UK Green Building Council aims to facilitate dialogue between industry and Government to promote greener approaches in the construction sector. During King’s tenure, the Council launched a sustainability leadership programme for CEOs in the industry, and a 100-strong Leaders’ Network for alumni, as well as defending the zero-carbon homes policy over the course of successive governments.

Chairman Andrew Gould said: “We are hugely grateful for Paul’s outstanding leadership. Paul has put UK GBC into a mainstream position in the campaign for a sustainable built environment. UK-GBC has established a place at the cutting edge of the debate on sustainability and has earned respect as a strong, independent, thoughtful and reliable voice.

“Paul’s vision, commitment and sheer energy has made all this possible – we could not have had a better CEO in that start-up period. We are now in a very strong position with an outstanding team to continue to grow our influence and impact.”

Details of King’s replacement will be announced in due course.

Luke Nicholls

Action inspires action. Stay ahead of the curve with sustainability and energy newsletters from edie