Executive Board Report 2015/16
IBP has had a successful 2015/16, making a number of positive changes and improvements, welcoming new members to the board and beyond, and beginning to discuss in advance further changes we will need to consider in 2016/17.
The IBP Communication Awards continue to grow in size and reputation, with more entries to the 2016 awards than ever, and a palpable desire among entrants to win. Priorities for these awards in 2017 will be to continue their growth, especially among less well-represented parts of the built environment.
The IBP Journalism Awards saw many worthy (and very happy) winners and received some great feedback. Peter Murray’s impersonation of Peter Rees gave everyone an Awards night to remember. A thoroughly enjoyable night was had by all. The 2015 judging panel contained six new judges, and another six have agreed to judge the 2016 awards, including some high-profile journalists.
The 2015 Strategic Land Debate worked well, but the partnership with Hogan Lovells has come to an end, meaning the future of the event is up for discussion. A debate, in early July, in conjunction with the CIOB was postponed but plans are in hand to hold an industry debate in the autumn.
Built environment comms professional? Stand out by learning the science behind the art of communications
I’ve worked in the built environment industry as a communications professional for over 10 years and in that time I’ve seen the role evolve enormously.
The post-recession world is incredibly dynamic and demanding with more and more pressure on resource and the need to be accountable, and in my opinion as professionals we need to acknowledge the way the profession is changing.
Here are the major trends that you need be on top of if you want to thrive.
Understand your business drivers
The fundamental skill I think you need is often overlooked: having a working understanding of business drivers.
This one attribute is appreciated all the way to the top. Chief Executives want to promote people who let business outcomes and drivers, rather than assumptions or empty metrics, inform and drive their activities. This is particularly relevant in communications. You should be continuously asking yourself: ‘How can I use communication as a tool to support the business drivers of my organisation? How will this support growth initiatives?’
ibp President’s Message
Throw a general election into the mix and we can be sure we’re all in for an exciting year, full of change and packed with opportunities.
Being a member of IBP is the best way to build relationships with everyone that matters within the industry you work and the sector about which you write.
Editor, Construction News
International Building Press (ibp) is a membership organisation that brings together journalists and communications professionals involved in the construction, architecture, housing and property sectors.
ibp provides its members with unparalleled opportunities to share experiences, network and further their careers through a calendar of events events link and two prestigious annual awards schemes.
Membership is open to national, regional, business and technical journalists, press relations and communications professionals and to employees and freelancers alike. Current members include many of the best known professionals on the field