The founder of a Birmingham planning and development consultancy has become the first female senior vice president of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
RICS announced Louise Brooke-Smith in the role alongside its new presidential team.
Managing director of Brooke Smith Planning Consultants and previously RICS vice president, Ms Brooke-Smith is also the first person from the West Midlands to reach such a senior position within the institution.
Originally from Cheshire, Ms Brooke-Smith studied at Sheffield Polytechnic for an honours degree in Urban Land Economics and then read for a post-graduate diploma in Town Planning at Birmingham Polytechnic.
She has spent most of her career based in the West Midlands, initially in surveying roles with Coventry and Birmingham City Councils.
After private sector jobs with DTZ and Bryant Homes and positions abroad with the United Nations, in 1994 she established Brooke Smith Associates in Edgbaston, which rebranded in 2011 as Brooke Smith Planning Consultants.
A member of the RICS West Midlands Regional Board since the early 90s, Ms Brooke-Smith sits on various RICS panels.
“I am looking forward to taking on the challenge of being part of the RICS Leadership Team and an ambassador for RICS on an international stage,” she said.
“I will still be keeping my feet on the ground in the UK and in the West Midlands in particular.
“The new ‘team’ structure at the RICS means that I will be able to balance the demands of the ‘day job’ with the senior vice presidential role, where my aim will be to address matters of importance to our membership wherever they work.”
Ms Brooke-Smith is a visiting lecturer at various academic institutions and is regularly invited to speak at conferences and seminars across the UK and Europe on planning matters.
She is currently a commissioner for the RICS Disaster Management Commission and regularly represents the RICS at the UNOCHA / World Economic Forum Humanitarian Relief Initiative programme in Geneva.
The new presidential team will lead the organisation’s vision and strategy along with the RICS Governing Council.
Alan Collett has succeeded See Lian Ong as the 131st president and Michael Newey takes office as president elect.
Robert Mayhew was appointed vice president, while Martin Brühl and Chris Fossick will continue in their roles as vice presidents.
Bill Gater continues as RICS honorary treasurer and Rob Mahoney continues as RICS honorary secretary.