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​RIBA Board and committees

RIBA Board

Following constitutional changes which came into effect in March 2020, a new RIBA Board has been created. It is responsible for the management of the RIBA’s business and its members are the Trustees of the RIBA as a charity. It oversees the RIBA’s main committees, with the exception of the Nominations Committee, which reports to the Council

RIBA Board members and Trustees

  • Jo Bacon (Culture and Events)
  • Graham Devine (Council member without portfolio)
  • Alan Jones PRIBA
  • Murray Orr (Business and Enterprise)
  • Valeria Passetti (Membership Development)
  • MaryAnne Stevens (Heritage)
  • Marjorie Strachan (Organisational change and acting Chair for September 2020)
  • Nicky Watson (Learning)


Seven main committees and a number of sub-committees develop and advise on policies and activities of the Institute. All main committees report to the RIBA Board, with the exception of the Nominations Committee which reports to the Council. The Audit Committee reports to both the Board and the Council.

The committees advise on the formulation of policy and strategy relevant for their areas, recommending priorities for the business plan and budget (both income and expenditure).

They also review the implementation of Board policies and the progress of work against agreed objectives. They appoint task groups and specialist advisers for relevant projects and subjects.

Following constitutional changes in March 2020, the current committee structure is being reviewed and is expected to change. In addition, a Standards Committee, which will report to the Council, is being set up.

Audit and Oversight Committee

  • Simone de Gale (Chair)
  • Ruth McIntosh
  • Pierre Wassenaar
  • George Oldham

British Architectural Trust Board

  • Rob Dickins (Chair)
  • Joanna Bacon
  • Kerr Robertson
  • Shankari Edgar
  • Jonathan Falkingham
  • Timothy Hornsby
  • Suzi Winstanley
  • Gillian Wolfe

Education Committee

  • Nicky Watson, VP Education (Chair)
  • Maryam Al-Irhyaim
  • Rob Hyde
  • David Howarth
  • Paul Jones
  • Lewis North
  • Kevin Singh
  • Bernadette Donohoe
  • Christina Godiksen
  • Yemi Aladerun
  • Bob Brown (corresponding)

Finance and Operations Committee

  • John Assael, Honorary Treasurer (Chair)
  • Richard Whitbread
  • Mark Percival
  • Chris Hampson
  • Mark Kemp

International Committee

  • Joanna Bacon, VP International (Chair)
  • Alice Asafu-Adjaye, International Council member – Middle East and Africa Region
  • Ulrike Bega
  • Adam Blacker
  • Catherine Davis, International Council member – Americas Region
  • Sean Hatcher
  • Martin Knight
  • Diba Salam
  • Elsie Owusu
  • Ken Wai, International Council member – Asia and Australasia Region
  • Tim Clark, International Council members – Europe Region

Membership Committee

  • Valeria Passetti, VP Membership (Chair ex-officio)
  • Victoria Adegoke
  • Gerard Bareham
  • Alia Beyg
  • Paul Crowe
  • Ewen Miller
  • Ian Standen
  • Selasi Setufe (corresponding)
  • Helen Taylor (corresponding)

Nations and Regions Committee

  • Valeria Passetti, VP Membership (Chair)
  • Dan Brown (Yorkshire)
  • Tom Bell (Wessex)
  • Nick Deeming (North East)
  • Tom Foggin (East)
  • Jonathan Fox (South East)
  • Rachel Gaunt (South West)
  • Barbara Griffin (East Midlands)
  • Lisa McFarlane (North West)
  • Mark Shipton (South)
  • Ryan Stuckey (President RSAW)
  • Philip Twiss (West Midlands)

Practice and Profession Committee

The Practice and Profession Committee provides leadership and support for members and practices on professional issues by overseeing the completion of the RIBA’s strategic objectives in relation to the practice of architecture. It comprises, mostly, of chairs of RIBA Expert Advisory Groups.

Members of the RIBA Expert Advisory Groups use their expertise to inform RIBA responses to consultations, proactive campaigns as well as products and guidance to support the profession.

  • Wendy Charlton VP Practice and Profession, (Chair)
  • Dieter Bentley-Gockmann, Chair of Regulations and Standards Group
  • Mark Benzie, Professional Conduct Liaison
  • Gary Clark, Chair of Sustainable Futures Group
  • Lanre Gbolade, Council
  • John Hickey, Chair of CPD Group
  • Constance Ridout, Interim Chair, Large Practice Group
  • Barbara Kaucky, Chair of Small Practice Group
  • Femi Oresanya, Chair, Architects for Change
  • Nigel Ostime, Chair of Client Liaison Group
  • Fiona Raley, Chair of Conservation Group
  • Dhruv Sookhoo – Interim Chair, Housing Group
  • Philip Waddy, Chair of Planning Group, Council

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