RICS professionals in Hong Kong are being asked to get involved in a series of focus groups run by LionHeart in November, as the charity plans to develop its services in the Hong Kong area in-line with growing membership.
The Chief Executive and Head of Operations for LionHeart, a RICS charity, will travel to Hong Kong in November to explore how to develop services for professionals in the region.
The independent charity offers financial, practical and emotional support to professionals during difficult times, such as ill-health, unemployment or work-related problems, or following a bereavement.
LionHeart’s support is already available to professionals globally, but the charity now wants to try an expansion of its services in Hong Kong.
"After a short fact-finding trip to Hong Kong earlier this year, I was very happy to secure the backing of a number of big-name property firms in Hong Kong for our plans," said Davina Goodchild, Chief Executive of LionHeart. "We offer services worldwide, but as RICS membership increases globally we are keen to make sure our services remain as relevant as possible.
"This is the first time we’ve looked to develop a bespoke offer for a region or city, we are very much looking forward to making connections and deepening the links we’ve already forged."
She said the move was due to the high concentration of RICS professionals in the Hong Kong area, which is continually growing. Backed by RICS and local firms, she was keen to establish services which would be delivered in Hong Kong to suit the local membership.
In order to make sure that what is developed matches the needs of local professionals as far as possible, LionHeart would like people to come and join them at one of a series of focus groups to be held in Hong Kong during November.
"This is the first time we’ve looked to develop a bespoke offer for a region or city," added Ms Goodchild. "We are very much looking forward to making connections and deepening the links we’ve already forged."
The focus groups will explain explain more about LionHeart and the services it currently offers, and ask people to share their experiences and opinions about what they think would work well for the RICS community in Hong Kong.
Chair of the RICS Hong Kong board Dave Hallam MRICS said: "LionHeart plays an extremely important role in helping surveyors with all of their non-technical needs whether they are related to financial, health and wellbeing, counselling or legal advice. This support is extended to all of our professionals regardless of the stage they are at in their careers. I am pleased that LionHeart is planning to expand its services in Hong Kong.
"I would encourage all RICS professionals to get involved and contribute to the upcoming focus groups that LionHeart will be arranging to raise awareness, and gather the views and opinions from our community."
Head of Communications and Corporate Affairs, Greater China
Jeanie leads RICS' Communication and Corporate Affairs team in Greater China, which covers mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
She is in charge of RICS' brand development, market influence and thought leadership in terms of communications, media relations, and policy engagement. She also ensures strategic alignment of activities with RICS' business objectives.
She possesses extensive experience with corporate communication for RICS in East Asia before focusing on the emerging Greater China market, which is experiencing a huge demand for talent and professional standards in the built environment.