22 February 2010
One of the world’s most influential people in the construction sector has visited award-winning consultancy, WYG Ireland during a short stay in Northern Ireland.
Professor Li Shirong, the first female and first international president in the 175 year history of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) visited WYG’s Belfast office to give delegates an insight into construction management in her home city of Chongqing, the world’s largest city.
Professor Libecame the 106th President of the CIOB in June 2009 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience which has placed her 37th on a list of construction's 50 most influential people, compiled by Construction News.
Employed by the Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission as Deputy Director, she is responsible for promotion of foreign investment and has pioneered the ‘sustainable cities’ project, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Chongqing and UK governments, to develop sustainable urban and rural areas where UK companies can promote innovative green products and services.
She is also a key player in the development of the China UK Centre for Professional Excellence, which combines UK training platforms and Chinese technology to create high-level qualified professionals. This project is a result of her work with the CIOB and the Chongqing government.
Speaking at the event, Professor Li gave an overview of her work and expressed her hopes for further internationalising the CIOB and strengthening relationships between the UK, Ireland, China and the rest of the world.
Professor Li said “There are many challenges for the construction sector at the present time and I feel that three key actions need to be taken. We first need to address the finance crisis, the impact of which varies from country to country. Secondly, we need to improve communication across our different countries and cultures and thirdly, we need to take on important roles and become key players in sustainable development, building conservation and building maintenance”.
WYG delivers the CIOB Experienced Practitioners Assessed Programme and is currently Northern Ireland’s only training provider accredited to deliver the CIOB Level 3 Certificate in Site Supervisory Studies and the Level 4 Certificate/Diploma in Site Management.
Ray Moore, Group Managing Director, WYG Ireland said, “We are delighted that Professor Li was able to join us today. It provided an excellent opportunity for members of Northern Ireland’s construction industry to gain an insight into construction management in Chongqing and highlighted the strength of the partnerships which have been established between the CIOB in the UK and Ireland and our international counterparts. It is evident that there are opportunities for both local and international markets to benefit from the skills of Irish and UK construction industry professionals.”
Photograph (from left to right):
Robert Craig, Chair, CIOB Northern Centre Committee; Allan McMullen, CIOB Northern Centre Committee; Ray Moore, Group Managing Director, WYG Ireland; Professor Li Shirong, President, CIOB; Gary Sims, Director, WYG Ireland; Sam McCloskey, Regional Director, WYG Ireland; Roger Gillespie, Training Manager, WYG Ireland & Brian McMullen, CIOB Northern Centre Committee & former CIOB President