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Kath Fontana elected senior vice president of RICS

Kath Fontana FRICS has been elected Senior Vice President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Fontana will be the first chartered surveyor from the area of workplace and facilities strategy to lead the profession and will become RICS President in November 2020. She is the third woman in the past 10 years to be elected to the RICS Presidential Team.

Standing at the forefront of technological progress in property, Fontana is a strong proponent of the Internet of Things and the opportunities a networked built environment can bring to businesses and people. She has worked at a senior level across multiple sectors including banking, retail, professional services, defence, science, local and central government and PFI.

Fontana is Managing Director for ISS’ Technical Services business, based in the UK. She joined ISS from BAM FM where she was Managing Director for the company’s FM business. She leads a team of over 1,000 employees to deliver mobile engineering, energy management and compliance services across the UK.

Commenting on her election, Fontana said: “I am thrilled to have been elected as RICS Senior Vice President. This industry is on the cusp of a technological and social revolution which will fundamentally change our profession and usher in radical new business models. RICS professionals must be ready to embrace this change – ready to enable a sustainable built environment through values driven technology and a people focussed approach. Not only will this ensure a better built environment but also a better life for those that live and work in it.

“I will also be a championing the continuing drive for greater diversity within our profession and the wider built environment. It is vital all genders, races and backgrounds are properly represented, supported and proactively elevated within our member firms. This isn’t just the decent thing to do, it’s good business.”

RICS Governing Council elected Fontana after a global search for candidates and a rigorous process. She will take up her post as RICS Senior Vice President in November, elevating to RICS President Elect in 2019, and finally RICS President in 2020.

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