17 DEC 2020
In November, we welcomed Kathleen Fontana as the new President of RICS.
Following the President’s inauguration, RICS professionals from around the world took part in a virtual discussion to deliberate and hear from Kathleen on the key built and natural environment issues we will face in 2021
The top 5 priorities of the new President are building back better, data and technology, professionalism, the future of the workplace, and diversity and inclusion.
Build back better
Chartered surveyors will become sought-after expert advisers on climate action. The profession will provide the facts to inform decisions and build confidence in society’s efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
In 2021 and beyond, we will aim towards:
Data and technology
The past couple of decades have seen widespread digitisation of the built environment. This can help better meet clients’ needs and reduce costs, but may also threaten the role of surveyors in some traditional business areas.
RICS will support the agenda of responsible digitisation by:
Our Royal Charter requires the Institution to advance the profession, enable its acquisition of essential knowledge, and maintain and promote its usefulness for the public advantage.
We will seek to explore and identify:
Future of the workplace
Our vision is to ensure that workplaces can face their present challenges and are fit for future generations.
Particular attention will be directed to understanding:
Diversity and inclusion
Our profession can only work to the public advantage if we reflect the needs and experiences of the diverse societies we serve. This is the only way we will successfully address the challenges we face in the built and natural environment, which are becoming ever more complex, global and interconnected.
We want to see an inclusive profession, where every individual:
Learn more with the following resources.
Listen to our podcast series to learn more, including RICS Chief Executive Seam Tompkins in conversation with RICS President Kath Fontana as she sets out priorities for her term.