Here at seven, we are delighted that one of our own has been appointed the new National President of Interact Group – a national networking organisation of property and construction professionals.
Simon Parker, one of our founding directors, has been chair of Leeds Interact for the last two years. His appointment as National President was officially announced at the annual Interact National Luncheon in Pall Mall, London and will formally begin in spring next year.
Simon joined 150 senior leaders from the UK construction industry at the event, which included an exceptional talk by guest speaker Mandy Hickson, who served as a fast jet pilot in the RAF for 17 years. She now works with businesses on the finer points of inspiring staff and demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities.
Established in 1977, Interact has 26 centres across the UK and involves more than 450 industry professionals. It’s a structured networking forum that allows forward-thinking colleagues to share expertise, form connections and promote future business growth.
In terms of what he hopes to bring to the role, Simon said: “I’m delighted to take up the position and build on the fantastic work Interact does to forge and strengthen industry relationships.
“Networking is key to sharing best practice and knowledge, generating business opportunities and promoting future growth in our industry.
“I’m looking forward to being involved in a series of events over the next two years to bring colleagues from a range of organisations together and strengthen contacts between senior professionals in our field of work.”
Simon has worked in professional architecture practice for more than 15 years, during which time he has gained particular recognition within the education sector for his expertise in designing learning environments.