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New Chair for the Design Quality Indicator tool (DQI)

Posted: 9th January 2019

CIC has appointed Lynne Ceeney as chair of its Design Quality Indicator tool – the DQI and is pleased to welcome her into the role. The DQI helps clients and technical teams to optimise the design, functionality, performance and sustainability of new building and refurbishment projects. It actively involves end users in the design process. In recent years the DQI has been used extensively in the health and education sectors.

The DQI was developed around 20 years ago and has been updated to meet new needs during that time. Lynne has been asked to lead a project to look at the next stage, of the DQI and how it can further evolve to address additional built environment issues. There will be a series of workshops around the country to engage with professionals from across disciplines and sectors, together with an online consultation, to shape the development roadmap.

Lynne’s expertise centres upon the sustainable built environment, and collaborative and interdisciplinary working. She has held Technical Director roles at BSRIA and BRE and was Global Head of Sustainability at WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff. Lynne now runs her own consulting firm, Lytton Consulting. She will be working with Stephen Hodder, the Deputy Chair of the CIC, and Makis Peppas, DQI Manager, and a small steering group. If you would like to express an interest, please contact us at

Lynne Ceeney says of the appointment: “It is a privilege to be asked to Chair the DQI and I am delighted that the CIC is driving it forward. Since the CIC collectively represents the construction industry, it is well placed to ensure that DQI helps the industry to meets the needs of its clients and wider society. The issues we face in the built environment are not going to be solved by any single profession working alone, or solely through the use of technology. DQI has an impressive track record and I look forward to leading it into its next stage.”

Stephen Hodder, CIC Deputy Chairman, welcomed Lynne’s appointment saying: “The necessary cultural change to bring a shared commitment to improving the quality of the construction industry product has never been more vital. Development of the Design Quality Indicator tool has the potential to enable a holistic approach to delivering quality throughout the complete procurement cycle. I am delighted that Lynne has accepted the appointment as Chair of DQI. Our collective ambition is for the DQI to become an indispensable tool in delivering greater value and outcomes for clients and their projects.”