The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland has announced the appointment of Shirley Coulter as its new chief executive.

Ms Coulter joins the Society from The Bar of Ireland where she was Director of Membership and Public Affairs. It's expected Ms Coulter will take up her new role in the coming months.

Ms Coulter was with the Law Library for five years and oversaw all aspects of member services and representation to promote the expertise of members and to assist their practice. She previously worked for the Irish Medical Organisation where she was Assistant Director of Industrial Relations and prior to that with the Irish Dental Association.

Speaking about her appointment, Ms Coulter said she was delighted to have been appointed CEO of the SCSI, the representative body for professionals working in the property, land and construction sectors. "I am looking forward to working with the board, council, staff and wider membership to support and promote the highest professional standards and to ensure the profession is strongly positioned to meet the challenges which lie ahead."