If you can see it, you can be it – By Sara Cameron

This is not the blog post I had intended to write following my recent trip to Hong Kong.  A trip that coupled my first visit to Asia and my second RICS Governing Council meeting during my term of office.

However as I sat down to write this following jetlag and then tonsilmageddon (the worst tonsillitis ever!) I felt a different set of words flow.

So here it is:

If you can see it, you can be it.

In November 2017 I had the privilege of being elected to RICS Governing Council.

Despite having more than 20 years’ experience I actually didn’t get my letters until 2016 [that’s another story altogether see the Lionheart blog]. I have always been passionate about the profession and I was keen to share my thoughts on how to inspire the next generation and to get involved with futureproofing our profession. I just wasn’t sure how to achieve being seen and heard as I felt I didn’t have the network reach or someone sponsoring me in the same way that someone in a big firm would have. I believed that as a public-sector surveyor, based in Norfolk, that maybe my voice wasn’t important enough to get a seat at the table.

I couldn’t have been more wrong, and I must publicly thank Kate Taylor who nudged me into self-belief as it was her words of encouragement at her wellbeing workshop with Lionheart that flipped the switch to enable me to reach out to my contacts and seek nominations and then put myself forward.

I can’t even begin to tell you how it felt to be elected as one of 17 UK Members onto transitionary RICS Governing Council. It is a huge privilege to be involved with setting the top tier of strategy for the profession.

We meet twice a year, once to debate strategic aims and once ahead of the AGM and inauguration of the RICS President to exercise oversight. I simply haven’t got the word count to summarise what we cover at Governing Council but you can read more about RICS Corporate Governance here. I would also encourage everyone to watch the video of the 2018 AGM in Hong Kong if you haven’t already done so.

What I do want to get across to you is that every voice matters.

We are all leaders and role models for the profession. We all have a part to play. I am proud to be a leader and to help shape the future of our profession and lead RICS into the future.

It also gives me a huge amount of inspirational material for inspiring the next generation in schools. It is hugely important to me that my experiences can be shared in schools in Norfolk, with our apprentices, candidates and newly qualified surveyors. If I can do it, they can.

If you can see it, you can be it.




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