Jemma Newsome has been appointed as coordinator for the Bristol and South West region, seconded to UKGBC from global engineering professional services firm WSP.

The Local Network is designed to enhance UKGBC’s presence in the region through locally-oriented events, courses, site tours and advocacy.

UKGBC has already kick-started activities in Bristol and the South West, with the launch of its Social Value in New Development report and Housing Standards Policy Playbook at Hamilton House in Bristol back in March; as well as a roundtable discussing Capturing the Value of Sustainability last month.

A Circular Economy debate is slated for 17 July, where UKGBC will convene a panel of experienced speakers and built environment professionals in Bristol to discuss the merits of a circular economy and circular principles, and how these align with the wider sustainability agenda.

John Alker, Director of Policy and Places at UKGBC said:

“It’s crucial that, in an age of English devolution, UKGBC is able to engage the built environment industry and policymakers outside of London.

“Bristol and the South West has a reputation as a green trailblazer and with many of our members having a presence in the region, I’m looking forward to growing our profile and activities locally.

“There is a huge amount of potential, not least for the new Combined Authority to put sustainability at the core of their planning policy.”

Jemma Newsome, UKGBC Local Network Coordinator for Bristol & the South West said:

“I’m delighted to take on this role as coordinator for UKGBC’s Bristol and the South West Local Network. I am keen to develop a hub where members can network, collaborate and knowledge-share locally. I’m looking forward to building relationships with industry members, local government and other partners in the region.”


Notes to editors

UKGBC is strengthening its presence in city regions throughout the UK as a strategic priority to reach more people, bringing them together for a better built environment. This announcement follows the scaling up of UKGBC activities in the Greater Manchester region, announced earlier this year.