Governor Awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Posted on 18 June 2018

Julia Evans, Leeds College of Building Governor and BSRIA Chief Executive, has been awarded an OBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. After her appointment as Vice Chair of the Corporation in 2017, Julia has had a very active role at Leeds College of Building; in August, Julia will take up her new position as Chair of Governors. Alongside her work at College, Julia is 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.

Over the last four years, Julia has become one of the most recognised industry figures, using her position to passionately raise awareness and advance key industry issues such as energy efficiency in the built environment, wellbeing, engineering and construction as a long term viable career choice, and the active promotion of the industry as a career choice for women.

Over the last four years, Julia has become one of the most recognised industry figures, using her position to passionately raise awareness and advance key industry issues.

Prior to joining BSRIA, Julia was the Chief Executive of the National Federation of Builders, where she campaigned to improve the image of the construction industry by setting up and leading Construction Alliance, a network made up of key industry organisations.

Julia said: “I am delighted to have been awarded this honour; in many ways it is an award recognising the wonderful work of my colleagues at BSRIA. I hope that it also encourages both men and women into the construction and built environment sector, it is great industry where we make real differences to people’s lives and to the environment.”

Ian Billyard, CEO and Principal at Leeds College of Building, said: “I’m so pleased that Julia has been recognised for her services to our industry in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Julia is extremely dedicated, both to her work at the College and to the wider construction industry. She continually strives to raise the profile of the construction sector and is a real ambassador for our students.”