Skip to content

CIBSE skills more relevant than ever says new president

Incoming CIBSE President Professor Lynne Jack outlined the growing relevance of building services engineers to the challenges facing both national and international societies in her inaugural address.
Acknowledging that she was taking office at a time of unprecedented uncertainty and change, Professor Jack identified climate change and adoption of digital technology as areas where CIBSE expertise is playing an increasingly important role in delivering safe, healthy and affordable buildings.

Focusing first on climate change, a topic that is rapidly reaching the top of the political agenda in many countries, Professor Jack said: “We see progressively more challenging commitments to carbon reduction levels” and a “significant acceleration of decarbonisation required.” 
Delivering on these targets requires collaboration both throughout the UK built environment and across international borders, embracing the potential of digital design technologies and developing more collaborative working practices to provide safe, healthy, functional and sustainable buildings that are not only fit for purpose today but are also adaptable to future climate change.

While highlighting the demand for the particular skills embodied by CIBSE members, Professor Jack also focused on the challenge of attracting and retaining highly skilled practitioners to the sector.
The new President noted successful recent CIBSE recruitment campaigns and the rising percentage of female practitioners in both graduate and student membership, and among the CIBSE Fellows, the most senior membership grade. “Supported by the work of our inclusivity panel we have a strong focus on increasing the proportion of female members and registrants. We also seek to embed an enhanced level of awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion throughout the Institution.”
Reflecting on her own career, Professor Jack, whose association with CIBSE began with her work in the field of public health engineering, set out the appeal of membership: “I was immediately enthusiastic about being part of such an exciting, forward-looking and influential community. I have been involved with CIBSE ever since and passionately believe that what CIBSE has to offer lies at the very core of delivering against some of the biggest challenges the sector has ever seen.”

Professor Lynne Jack succeeds Stephen Lisk as CIBSE President and will in turn be succeeded by Stuart Macpherson, CIBSE President Elect. Her address was delivered on 7th May 2019 at the Royal Society, London.

About the new CIBSE President
Professor Lynne Jack is Director of Research at Heriot-Watt University’s Malaysia campus. Before moving to Malaysia in 2017, Lynne worked for 24 years at Heriot Watt’s Edinburgh campus and was a key member of staff supporting the delivery of Building Services Engineering and Architectural Engineering programmes. Her research focuses on modelling the flow characteristics in vertical drainage stacks and in building roof drainage systems; as well as on predicting simultaneous design flow for water distribution networks in buildings. In 2015, Lynne was nominated to the role of Chair of the Scientific Committee of the CIB W62 Working Group; an international research organisation addressing Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings.
Lynne has served on the CIBSE Scotland committee, was Chair of CIBSE’s Accreditation Panel from 2014 to 2017 and is currently vice-Chair of CIBSE’s Education, Training and Membership Committee. From 2011 to 2017, she also served on the Ken Dale Bursary Panel. She is the co-founder of both the Scottish region of SoPHE (Society of Public Health Engineers) and the CIBSE Inclusivity Panel.