Natasha Vermeulen MCIAT

Education Officer & AspirATion Chair

I am both the Education Officer and the aspirATion Chair for the Yorkshire Region. As part of my role I also represent CIAT on the CIC Yorkshire and Humber Committee and form part of the CIAT National aspirATion Group.

My role is committed to the learning and development that takes place across the region offering support to all our members including; prospectus students and their parents, current students studying and on work placements, graduates and practicing professionals.

I work closely with the committee to help support the production of a high quality CPD programme that ensures our members are always fully up to date with all the relevant construction information that allows them to carry out their day to day jobs. We offer a whole host of events from full CPD days discussing current practice and futures thinking, to evening CPD sessions and site visits all with the opportunity to expand and grow your professional network.

As the Yorkshire aspirATion Chair my main aim for the region is to support and encourage our younger members in their early years helping them to become established members of the CIAT community and the wider body of construction professionals. Over the next few years I will be developing links with the regions students and their fellow universities, graduates, local practices and schools to help CIAT become more integrated within the local community driving learning and development across the region.

Job

I am based between Leeds and Sheffield working as an Architectural Technologist for a large Architectural Practice. I have a wide range of experience covering all design stages from early feasibility through to planning and on site delivery. My experience is broadly within commercial practice delivering retail, residential and mixed use developments. I am also studying for my MSc in Technical Architecture at Sheffield Hallam University where I am further developing my construction knowledge and expanding my area of research into sustainable developments.

Why I got involved

I joined the committee with a hope to better understand more about CIAT and how to become an established Chartered member. Through my time on the committee I have widely expanded my professional network; I have developed my professional portfolio and have become an established member of the committee supporting learning and development across the region. It’s a great way of keeping up to date whilst also helping to support the development of the wider CIAT community.