(8 June 2019) Dr Louise Brooke-Smith, a strategic planning consultant at Arcadis, the leading global Design & Consultancy for natural and built assets, has been awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The award recognises Louise’s sustained leadership and contribution to land, planning, property and construction industries over a 35-year career.
Louise, who has led Arcadis’ UK and Ireland planning and development offer since 2017, when her independent planning consultancy was acquired by Arcadis, advises some of the largest property companies in the UK, helping to shape and develop the sustainable communities of the future.
As the first female Global President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2014, she has been an effective and passionate ambassador for diversity across the sector, changing the way the property world is perceived and operates both in the UK and overseas. This contribution has seen Louise awarded various industry and professional accolades including; 2015 Construction Industry National Achiever in Construction’ Award Winner; Outstanding Woman in Construction Winner 2015 and the CBI ‘First Woman in the Built Environment’ finalist – 2014 and 2015.
Throughout her career Louise has been a fervent advocate for sharing best practice and continues to work and volunteer internationally as a champion for the built environment sector. Amongst a number of achievements, she has spoken widely at United Nations Habitat Conferences on the need for better placemaking initiatives, led the RICS Sub Saharan Africa programme and continues to support diversity for the land, planning, property and construction sectors across many Commonwealth countries in Africa and Asia.
Dr Louise Brooke-Smith said:
“Receiving the OBE is a fantastic honour and I’m privileged to be in a position where I can continue to make a valuable contribution to our sector. From legal and regulatory policy changes to advocating genuine inclusion and growing an awareness of the importance of social and environmental sustainability, working in the built environment sector is as diverse and challenging as it is rewarding. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 35 years brings for the industry and how I can continue to support it!”
Mark Cowlard, Chief Executive, Arcadis UK and Ireland said:
“This award is well deserved and reflects Louise’s huge contribution over the last 35 years to improving the planning and property sector for the better. Her drive to improve the quality of life for everyone has seen her champion the adoption of a more diverse and inclusive approach to the surveying profession in particular and I am sure she will continue to be a role model for younger professionals, and a champion in her field for years to come.”