RICS appoints new NI Chair

RICS Northern Ireland regional board has appointed Martin Doherty as its new Chair.

Martin, a senior property professional with Belfast City Council, said that one of his key goals in office will be to promote surveying as a profession in Northern Ireland, including the opportunities it can create and the critical role it plays. 

Taking over from Ulster University lecturer Sharon McClements, Martin said that while surveyors play a key role in shaping, enhancing and protecting Northern Ireland’s built environment, there currently aren’t enough of them, which has been a challenge for the industry over recent years. 

He said that inspiring the next generation is critical for the industry and the economy, and that more talented young surveyors coming through in the industry will help Northern Ireland deal with its infrastructure deficit, its housing shortage and its need to be more sustainable.