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Press release

8 NOV 2017

Infrastructure and cities development is vital to support growth

John Hughes FRICS today becomes RICS President 2017-18, at an inauguration in Toronto, Canada.

Mr Hughes is a founding partner of Hemson Consulting Ltd, an advisory firm specialising in planning policy, municipal finance and related issues. With over 40 years' experience in the industry, he is the first RICS President based in Canada.

Mr Hughes becomes President in the year Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation. In 2018, RICS -- a global professional body working across land, real estate, construction and infrastructure -- will also celebrate its 150th anniversary.

The anniversary offers an opportunity to celebrate RICS' past, while ensuring the profession is ready to meet future challenges in the built environment. The celebrations include a global competition to identify solutions to the most pressing challenges facing rapidly growing cities.

"Infrastructure is vital to the successful growth of sustainable cities. We must develop more commercially innovative approaches to delivering projects that are affordable and on time. To meet this challenge the shortage of skills and capacity must be addressed together with the rights of land owners, and others who are affected by projects. RICS has a public interest perspective and provides international standards that increase transparency which, together, can help to balance the needs of different groups." John Hughes, RICS President 2017-2018

RICS will redouble its efforts to fulfil this commitment when it convenes the third Summit of the World Built Environment Forum in London in April 2018. Under the theme 'Urbanisation, Innovation and Civilisation', the Summit will focus on the commercial strategies needed to harness the enormous potential of the 21st century's people and places.

Joining Mr. Hughes in the RICS Presidential Team over the next year are RICS President-Elect Chris Brooke FRICS, based in Hong Kong, and RICS Senior Vice President Tim Neal FRICS, based in London.