BSRIA’s Julia Evans recognised in birthday honours
Julia Evans, BSRIA’s chief executive has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.
Evans comments: “I am honoured to receive this award which in every way is a reflection on the hard work and efforts of my colleagues at BSRIA and of the wider built environment sector.”
Evans joined BSRIA in 2014 and during her time has become one of the most recognised industry figures.
She has used her position to passionately raise awareness of and advance a number of key industry issues such as energy efficiency in the built environment and wellbeing.
In particular she has advocated engineering and construction as a long-term career choice and actively promoted the industry as providing great opportunities for women, who currently number only some 13% of the sector’s UK workforce.
Prior to joining BSRIA, Evans was the chief executive of the National Federation of Builders, where she campaigned tirelessly to improve the image of the construction industry by setting up and leading Construction Alliance, a grouping made up of key industry organisations.
Evans also has active roles as a governor of Leeds College of Building, where she will shortly take up the chairmanship.
She is also a board member of the UK International Women’s Federation and spent three years as the chairperson of the Trade Association Forum, promoting best practice for trade associations.
Tom Smith, BSRIA chairman says: “The chairman and board of BSRIA are delighted with this award and sends many congratulations to Julia and welcomes the profile this gives to building services and to the great careers in building services that are open to all.”