A senior associate at a property consultancy has been voted Midland’s chair of a key pipeline industry association.
Jenny Occleshaw, of Fisher German, has become the Midlands chair of the Pipeline Industries Guild (PIG), the only association worldwide to cater directly for the needs of the pipeline industry.
She was voted in at the association’s regional AGM, succeeding Rachel Bridge, also of Fisher German.
Jenny joined Midlands PIG in November 2015 as part of its Professional Development Network (PDN) for young professionals, becoming chair in 2019, before moving up to the main branch committee in 2020 as deputy chair and secretary.
She is set to focus on sustainability and achieving net zero during her tenure as chair, looking at how innovation, new technologies and sharing best practice can help achieve sustainability across the pipeline industry.
Jenny is an integral part of the infrastructure and sustainable energy planning team at Fisher German, and is based at the firm’s Ashby office, providing planning advice to corporate and private clients working in water, waste, gas, electricity and sustainable energy.
She said: “I am very pleased to be voted in as chair at what is an extremely exciting time for the industry.
“Fisher German has a strong connection with the Guild, with Rachel as outgoing Midlands Chair, planner Antonia Wyatt as the current PDN chair, and a number of PIG members across the firm.
“As we look forward to the net zero targets there needs to be a shift towards new ways of working in the pipeline industry to ensure there is sustainability throughout the supply chain and at every stage of a development.
“This includes everything from the materials we use to ensuring that the project itself is sustainable, taking into consideration new regulations around biodiversity net gain.
“We need to adapt across all areas and make use of new technologies and innovations to achieve net zero targets.
“The Guild is a fantastic platform for sharing knowledge, and I will be facilitating events and networking opportunities to ensure members can share ideas and best practice across their different disciplines.
“I am really looking forward to my new role and collaborating with members as we all work towards the same sustainability goals.”