Her inauguration as President took place on Friday 20 November after the RICS Annual General Meeting 2020, chaired by Tim Neal, the outgoing RICS President.
Fontana is Managing Director, Critical Infrastructure and Projects at Mitie. With a range of senior roles in property, construction and outsourcing across a range of sectors, Fontana is active in driving engagement and inspiring change in the built environment and is a passionate promoter of technology, social impact and diversity as drivers of long-term value.
Following her inauguration Fontana said: “For all of us in the profession this has been an extraordinary year with many challenges. I am exceptionally proud of the way that surveyors have supported and led their communities, colleagues and customers. The RICS resilience stories have proved to be a real source of pride and inspiration. Across the globe, RICS professionals are delivering resilient responses to the current challenges impacting our industry and wider society.
“As we start to think about emerging from this crisis I would urge us all to be focused not only on the short-term recovery and regain, but also on the once in a lifetime opportunity to reset and to ‘build back better’ – to continue to address the global challenges of digitalisation, sustainability and social impact. With this strategic focus we can ensure that the assets in the natural and built environment assets are harnessed to truly promote a better future for all.”
Fontana will be supported during her term as RICS President by President Elect, Clement Lau and Senior Vice President, Ann Gray.
FMJ has teamed up with Zip Water, creator of award-winning sustainable drinking water systems, to discuss the ways in which FMs can safeguard the provision of essential amenities within the workplace as we emerge into a new era of touch-free, socially distanced offices.
During the event, which will feature a panel of leading FMs and an FM services provider, we will discuss how FM professionals, office managers and HR managers can balance the need to manage shared spaces, such as staff kitchens, while maintaining a safe environment and meeting energy and waste reduction targets. This will include a look at some of the latest touch-free technologies; including apps to manage workflow and hands-free automation (e.g. automatic doors, taps etc).
Join us on Wednesday 25th November at 11:00am for an event which will address the ways FMs can meet their commitment to ensure the wellbeing of people as an integral part of their sustainability remit.
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