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Meet the President Paul Nash

What does it mean to be a professional? Following reports from the CIOB on the value of professionalism and the Edge Commission report on ‘Collaboration for Change’, Paul Nash FCIOB sets out to focus on ethics and productivity in his year ahead as President of the CIOB.

Work has already begun to review and simplify the CIOB code of conduct to clearly describe the types of behaviours that define what it is to be a professional. Ensuring its relevancy and visibility to members, the industry and public.  Paul’s year ahead will also see the development of specific training on ethics and governance along with the CIOB’s own work to help in the creation of an International Standard for Ethics in the built environment.

“I believe that more than anything else, it is ethics that defines what it means to be a professional. Central to this debate is trust. Without trust the economy and society could not function as it does today. And yet too often today we read of examples where individuals and organisations have broken that trust. I want to embed ethics at the heart of what it means to be a professional in our industry today.”

In a career spanning over thirty years Paul has worked for some of the industry’s leading contractors and consultants, and his clients have included end users, developers and investors of property both in the UK and internationally. 

One of the key challenges facing our industry is how to improve productivity, an issue that was highlighted by the CIOB’s recent report into productivity in construction.

“If we start with the assumption that companies and their employees, given the right conditions could and would work more productively, then we have to ask ourselves what is preventing this from happening. In my year we will engage with leading industry figures, politicians and policy makers to lead the debate on productivity.”

A Fellow and Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Building, Paul has been actively engaged in supporting and promoting the policy agenda of the Institute. He has also been a member of the working group responsible for the 4th and 5th Editions of the ‘Code of Practice for Project Management for Construction and Development’ and the ‘Code of Practice for Programme Management in the Built Environment’.

Paul has an MSc in Project Management from the University of Reading and is an Alumni of Henley Management College. He is also a member of the British Council of Offices and Corenet.

 

Read Paul's blog about his agenda as President here on the Members' Forum blog.

 

I believe that more than anything else, it is ethics that defines what it means to be a professional. Central to this debate is trust. Without trust the economy and society could not function as it does today. And yet too often today we read of examples where individuals and organisations have broken that trust. I want to embed ethics at the heart of what it means to be a professional in our industry today.

Paul Nash FCIOB
CIOB President 2016/17