Brenda Jones of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff appointed for 2017/18
The Association of Women in Property has announced Brenda Jones, technical director at professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff as its national chairman for 2017/18.
With 26 years of experience in the property and construction industry, Jones now leads WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s project management team in Scotland.
Jones studied Social and Political Sciences and discovered her interest in construction whilst undertaking a Masters in Social Policy at the London School of Economics. She then worked in the social housing sector before training as a building surveyor.
Jones worked as a building surveyor for a number of London boroughs, before moving into a project manager role and locating to Glasgow. Here she joined Atkins for five years, followed by Scottish Enterprise and then Heery, a specialist project and construction management consultancy. Heery has since been through two major mergers and is now part of the global engineering professional services consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, which will renamed WSP in May.
Jones said: “I’m thrilled to take on this role, to continue the good work of my predecessors and make sure that Women in Property provides practical support to its members and employers to achieve a truly diverse industry.
“Given my own educational background, I’m also keen to broaden the appeal of property and construction to people who hadn’t previously considered it as a career choice.”
Mark Naysmith, UK CEO of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, said: “I would like to congratulate Brenda on this appointment, which endorses her experience and personal commitment to diversity in the industry. Within our business we recognise the need for a workforce that is balanced, bringing together people with different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders and skill sets.
“We are proud to support Brenda in her role heading Women in Property and welcome the influence she will have, both internally with her colleagues and to the wider industry.”