Appointment Details

Royal Institute of British Architects

Job Title: Independent Trustees

Job Reference:EAZQC

Closing Date: Monday 2 Mar 2020

Salary: Not remunerated (but reasonable expenses paid)

Location: London

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture. The organisation serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. The RIBA delivers key services to members, as well as advancing architecture more generally – through its awards, library, gallery, public programme and website. Being inclusive, ethical, environmentally aware and collaborative underpins all that the RIBA does.

Following an extensive review, a new governance structure has been approved for the organisation which will see the creation of a new Board of Trustees who will take over responsibility from the existing, much larger Council for the oversight of the executive management of the RIBA. This is an historic shift in the way the RIBA operates and means that, for the first time, the organisation will have a non-executive board with a mix of skills specifically tailored for its future needs.

Under this new governance framework, which is expected to commence in March 2020, the new Board will comprise 12 Trustees. At least seven of these will be Council members, including the President, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer (ex officio roles on the Board). The RIBA has identified the eight key areas of expertise required to oversee the running of the RIBA and its future challenges. Four of these areas will be covered by Council members and a further four will be open to independent applicants.

The RIBA is therefore now seeking exceptional independent candidates for the four seats on the Board that are open to independent applicants, outside of those already serving on the RIBA Council. This is an opportunity to use your skills, experience and expertise to make a significant contribution to a world renowned, international organisation. Alongside experience of strategic planning, organisational governance and the highest standards of integrity and honesty, we are seeking candidates with experience and expertise in the following areas:

• Business & Enterprise (Financial Acumen)
• Organisational Change (HR/Legal/Equality)
• Heritage (Public engagement; cultural facilities & programs)
• Digital Strategy

Candidates will ideally have a strong interest in architecture and the impact that the RIBA and its members have in the world.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the RIBA on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference EAZQC. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Monday 2 March 2020.


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