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Julie Hirigoyen joins the CGLN as a Fellow

3 Nov 2022

Today, 3rd November 2022, the CGLN are delighted to welcome Julie Hirigoyen as a Fellow of the CGLN Network.

Julie joined The UK Greek Building Council (UKGBC) as CEO in 2015, and has since been credited with transforming its strategy into a more member-focused, holistic sustainability agenda with a strong focus on impact measurement.

Commenting on the appointment, CGLN Director Yulia Chekunaeava said:

"I am delighted that such a strong voice in developing a sustainable built environment will be joining our group of expert fellows. We are keen to begin engaging with Julie and the UKGBC to advance pragmatic ideas within the construction sector."

Julie and UKGBC have some important achievements to celebrate – including galvanizing industry support for a net zero carbon legislative target in 2019, convening industry consensus around definitions of net zero carbon buildings and circular construction, and influencing government policy at both national and local levels on a range of impact areas including net zero carbon, biodiversity net gain, climate resilience, and waste and resources strategy amongst others.

Julie is a Non Executive Director of Wilmott Dixon Holdings Board and a Trustee of the purpose-driven charity Blueprint for Better Business. A former Commissioner of the London Sustainable Development Commission, she also Chairs the Igloo Footprint Advisory Board, and sits on Grimshaw’s Stewardship Group. She is currently also a member of the Government’s Net Zero Buildings Council. Julie is the recipient of UCEM’s 2021 Property Award and in December 2019 was named one of three best persons of the decade by Property Week.

Julie was previously UK Head of Sustainability and an International Director at JLL, having come into JLL as a result of an acquisition. JLL acquired Upstream, a leading sustainability consultancy which Julie was co-founder and Joint MD of, in 2007. Having led the Upstream team through the integration into JLL, Julie oversaw further development of cutting-edge sustainability services to property investors and occupiers across the UK and EMEA.


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