RIBA Board

The RIBA is a registered charity. Ultimate authority is vested in an elected Council of around 60 chartered members. The Council determines major issues of policy and appoints the members of the boards and main committees. The RIBA Board assumes fiduciary responsibility for the Institute and executes its business plan. It also has oversight of the RIBA's main committees and of its commercial arm, RIBA Enterprises.

meeting dates 2015/16

3 September 2015

29 October 2015

19 November 2015

15 December 2015

24 February 2016

27 April 2016

22 June 2016


Board Members

Geoff Alsop

Geoff was until recently Managing Partner and (following incorporation) Managing Director of Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams Limited, one of Manchester’s foremost architectural practices with a wide portfolio of work across the UK and overseas. During this time, Geoff maintained his expertise in both the design of primary healthcare facilities and public and private sector housing and, in 2011, his design for The Moat House won an RIBA Regional Award.

Geoff  is currently one of Manchester City Council’s Design and Conservation Panel members and is on the Places Matter’s Steering Group. He was elected Regional Chair of RIBA North West in September 2010, having served as Treasurer for RIBA North West since 2002.  

In 2013 he became the Honorary Treasurer of the RIBA.

Tim Bailey

Educated at Newcastle University, Tim was with the practice Browne Smith Baker for ten years before leaving to establish xsite architecture in 2000.  xsite’s workload is within the cultural, regeneration and housing sectors, encouraging collaboration with a range of other professionals. Its projects have include the Toffee Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne (RIBA Award 2012, North East Sustainable Building and North East Project of the Year 2012).

Committed to the promotion of arts, architecture and culture in the north east, from 1996 to 2006 Tim was Chair of Northern Architecture, the agency for promotion of knowledge and understanding of Architecture in the North East Region.  He is currently Chair of flo-culture, an agency for cultural and artistic research and education. 

Tim is a regional member of the RIBA Council and a member of the RIBA’s Practice and Profession Committee.

Caroline Buckingham 

Educated at University of Sheffield, Caroline is an Owner Director of the HLM leading the Education sector across the UK and international marketplace. The practice recently won the RIBA award & best student experience award for Heart of the Campus learning hub, University of Sheffield.

 Caroline was pivotal in the successful management buyout of HLM Architects in 2004, subsequently growing HLM’s wide ranging business portfolio leading to a yearly turnover of £14 million with over 250 staff. She combines strategic vision and communication skills with strong leadership, sharing knowledge and promoting design excellence from across the building industry. In 2013 Caroline was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors architect’s Llewelyn Davies part of the HLM Group restructuring the business and returning them to a positive and profitable practice in the year.

 Formerly Chair of the RIBA Large Practice Group, developing the Future Leaders Programme, Caroline became a RIBA Role Model in 2015 and in September 2015 was elected RIBA’s Vice President Practice & Profession

Anthony Clerici 

Anthony is a specialist lecturer at Birmingham School of Architecture where he is also the PSA for Year Out students. He is also a Professional Practice Professional Examiner for the RIBA and at the Bartlett School of Architecture. His practice, Clerici Design Ltd, has built upon experience in the design and procurement of Law Courts.

Formerly chair of both the Worcestershire Society of Chartered Architects and the RIBA West Midlands Region, he was also part of the team that developed the RIBA's CPD programme. Currently Anthony is a regionally-elected member of the RIBA Council and a member of the Communications Sub-committee.  

He was elected the RIBA's Vice President, Membership (Nations & Regions) in October 2012. 

Jane Duncan

Jane studied at the Bartlett (UCL) and moments after qualifying set up her architectural practice in West London.

Jane Duncan Architects was established in Amersham, Bucks in 1992 and has now grown to sixteen architectural and interior design staff. The practice has an established local clientele and is involved in many community activities. The work load varies from contemporary sustainable housing to leisure and sports facilities, and includes commercial, health, school and community buildings principally throughout the South of England.

Jane was involved in championing small practice issues at RIBA for nine years, established and steered the annual Guerrilla Tactics conferences now in their eleventh year. These deal with business skills relating to the smaller practice.

Jane was Vice President Practice from 2007 – 2013, and a Trustee on the RIBA Board from 2011 to 2013.  She became the RIBA's President Elect in 2014 and assumes the presidency for two years from 1 September 2015.

Jonathan Falkingham  

Jonathan is chief executive, joint founder and shareholder of the Urban Splash Group. Its awards include RIBA Awards for Architecture for all its major developments and, in 2002, the company became the first private property developer to receive the prestigious RIBA Client of the Year. It is currently investing over £250 million in regeneration projects across the country.

Originally from Bradford, Jonathan studied architecture at Liverpool University. On graduating, he formed shedkm (as a founding director) which continues to be a vibrant and successful architects' practice in Liverpool. As well as his role of chief executive at Urban Splash, Jonathan also sits on the board of Liverpool Architecture and Design Advisory Panel.

Jonathan's personal awards to date include the Ernst & Young National Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (1999) and several other Business of the Year Awards. He was awarded an MBE in 2013.

Stephen Hodder

Stephen Hodder was educated at the School of Architecture, University of Manchester, where he gained a Distinction in the Bachelor of Architecture degree. Following university he joined the Building Design Partnership in 1981 and became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1982.

He has been in practice since 1983. Hodder + Partners has now won over 30 major awards, most notably the Royal Fine Art Commission/Sunday Times Building of the Year Award for Colne Swimming Pool in 1992, and the inaugural Stirling Prize for Architecture for the Centenary Building, University of Salford in 1996.

Stephen has written and lectured widely, has been a visiting examiner at a number of schools of architecture and was until recently the visiting professor at the Birmingham School of Architecture. He regularly acts as an assessor for architectural competitions and awards systems. He was awarded an MBE for services to architecture in the Queens Birthday Honours List in 1998. He received an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the Manchester Metropolitan University for his regional, national and international contribution to architecture and won the Roses Design Award for 'Architect of the Year' in the same year.

Stephen served as the RIBA's Vice President Membership (Nations and Regions) before becoming RIBA President on 1 September 2013 until 1 September 2015. 

Alan Jones 

Alan is joint head of Architecture + Project Management at Queen’s University Belfast.   He worked in London with Michael Hopkins & Partners and David Morley Architects before returning to his native Northern Ireland to teach and practise.  The projects he has been involved with have received various awards and commendations and been widely published. 

He is the immediate Past President of the RSUA and a member of the RIBA Research & Innovation Group.   He contributes to the RIBA Journal and has been a judge in various awards programmes including the RIAS Andrew Doolan Prize.  Alan is currently an external examiner at the University of Dundee and an expert advisor on design to the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure.  His latest research project, successthrougharchitecture.com, explores different career possibilities through cases studies of people who have studied architecture and have found their position in architectural practice, construction, the public sector, client bodies, the arts and in business.

In September 2015 Alan became a nationally elected member of RIBA Council and RIBA Vice President Education for 2015-17.


Ruth McIntosh

Ruth is a non-executive director, private equity investor and fund manager with over thirty years’ experience.  She was called to the Bar in 1984 and is a Chartered Accountant.

Since April 2006 she has been a provider of consultancy services to private equity backed companies and a trustee and consultant in the charity sector with an emphasis on organisations working for social inclusion.

Ruth is an Independent Member of the Royal National Institute for the Blind's Fundraising Programme Board, providing strategic input and support. She is also an Ambassador for the work of the RNIB.

Virginia Newman 

Virginia is a director of KSR Architects, a medium-sized practice specialising in high quality, high-end residential developments. She joined in 2006 as a Practice Director with particular responsibility for marketing and HR.

Virginia was a founder member of Architects For Change (AFC), and is currently the RIBA’s Ambassador for Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity. She was chair of Women In Architecture with a particular interest in retaining talented women within the architectural profession, and represents the RIBA on the Construction Industry Council’s Diversity Panel which monitors and addresses equal opportunity issues across the Construction Industry.

Virginia was also chair of the RIBA’s CPD sub-committee which piloted a CPD Returners’ course, instigating a mentoring programme and creating a simplified Core Curriculum. She has been a member of the RIBA Council and of the RIBA’s Validation Panel reviewing schools of architecture.  Currently she is a member of the RIBA’s Membership Committee.

Peter Oborn

Peter is the former Deputy Chairman of Aedas Architects Ltd and has considerable experience of working internationally, particularly in the Gulf, where he has completed projects in Oman, Qatar and the UAE.

Most recently, he was Project Director responsible for the award winning Al Bahar Towers in Abu Dhabi and also for the redevelopment of Holland Park School in London. Peter was also responsible for inception of the practice’s Research & Development group, based in London, which developed specialisms in sustainability, advanced modelling and computational design. Underpinning the work of the group is a commitment to an increasingly rigorous design process, combining empirical analysis with creativity, and the R&D group has helped to drive innovation throughout the business, enabling the practice to find new ways of problem solving and design.

Peter is a National member of the RIBA Council and was elected the RIBA's Vice President International in October 2011.

Nick Pearce

Nick is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath. He was formerly Head of the No.10 Downing Street Policy Unit and director of the leading think-tank, the IPPR.

An author and regular commentator on public policy in broadcast and print media, Nick writes on a wide range of issues, from social justice, public service reform and identity politics to the changing nature of political leaderships. He is a co-editor of Juncture, the journal of political ideas.

In addition to running the Downing Street Policy Unit, Nick has worked as an advisor in the Home Office, the Cabinet Office and the former Department for Education and Employment. He was formerly chair of the advisory board to the UK Chief Scientist's Foresight Programme and served on the Equalities Review and the Teaching & Learning 2020 Review. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, was a member of the British Architectural Trust Board for six years and is a member of the UK-India Roundtable and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's Diplomatic Excellence Panel. He was educated at the universities of Manchester and Oxford.


Roger Shrimplin

Roger Shrimplin studied Architecture at Cambridge University and qualified as an Architect in 1974.  He has been in practice in Luton as Partner or Principal in the firm of C W & R C Shrimplin, Chartered Architects and Town Planners, since 1975 and has a wide experience in the sort of work carried out by many small practitioners. 

Roger is a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (1985), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1986) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (1994).  He is registered as an Architect with the College of Architects of Baleares, Spain (1990) and speaks Spanish and French (and some Catalan). 

Roger has lectured widely on planning matters and is also very involved in international affairs.  Recently he has been advising the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning in Kosovo on various professional and environmental issues (supported by USAID and the Ministry itself). 

Roger is the Honorary Secretary of the RIBA, a position he has held twice previously.  He has also served as the RIBA’s Honorary Treasurer and as chair of RIBA East.

Sir John Tusa

A well-known producer, broadcaster and presenter for the BBC for thirty years, John Tusa was Managing Director of the BBC World Service and also a presenter of BBC Two’s 'Newsnight'.  He went on to be the Managing Director of the Barbican Centre from 1995-2007, Chairman of the University of the Arts London from 2007-13 and is currently Co-chairman of the European Union Youth Orchestra.  His other chairmanships and boards include those of the British Museum, Wigmore Hall, English National Opera, National Portrait Gallery and Turquoise Mountain Foundation .  

John has written regularly about the arts, with his most recent book ‘Pain in the Arts’ published in 2014.  He is President of the Architecture Club and has interviewed a number of world renowned architects for BBC Radio 3.  He now chairs the British Architectural Trust Board.

Peter Udall

Peter joined Gateshead Council in 1998 as Assistant Director in the Department of Architectural Services, becoming the Council's Head of Design in 2004.  He headed the  Major Project Team and was Client Representative and Project Manager for the Gateshead Quays, The Sage Gateshead and Baltic and the Centre for Contemporary Art. 

Peter runs a multi-disciplinary design office to deliver the Council's capital programme for design, development and construction for the Council and the Northumbria Police Authority.  

He currently serves on the RIBA Enterprises Board in his capacity as a RIBA Council member and became a trustee of the RIBA Board in 2011. 

Edward Williams

Edward Williams is an architect and runs his own practice in West London. He established Edward Williams Architects in 2011 after 20 years at Hopkins Architects where he was a partner and involved in key projects including Glyndebourne Opera House, Goodwood Racecourse, WellcomeTrust, Princeton University Chemistry Faculty Building and the Macmillan Cancer Centre at UCLH.

From 2002 to 2010 he was a board director and trustee of Bedales Schools where he chaired the Buildings Sub-Committee and oversaw a major architectural competition and successful development for the school.

Edward Studied at Bedales School and Jesus College Cambridge, and then Oxford Brookes University.  His interests including sailing, gardening, avocado farming and contemporary art.  He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Skinners and of the Oxford and Cambridge Club.

Edward is the RIBA Honorary Librarian and Chair of the RIBA Library Committee.

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. They are chaired by the relevant vice-president. 

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

Committees and meeting dates 2015

british architectural trust board

John Tusa (Chair)
Jonathan Ball
Jane Duncan
Shankari Edgar
Jonathan Falkingham
Timothy Hornsby
Deborah Howard
Christopher Howes
Richard Klein
Laura Lee
Vinesh Pomal 
Philip Singleton
Edward Williams
Suzi Winstanley
Gillian Wolfe 

Meeting dates in 2015:
10 June
14 October  

communications committee 

Jane Duncan (Chair)
Alex Butler
Anthony Clerici
Philippa Dale-Thomas
Ben Derbyshire
Dermot Finch
Stephen Hodder
Peter Oborn
Richard Parnaby
Carl Turner
Nicky Watson

Meeting dates in 2015:
25 February
23 June
13 October

education committee

Alan Jones (Chair) 
Albena Atanassova
Bob Brown
Eamonn Canniffe
Zohra Chiheb
Mary Duggan
David Howarth
Paul Jones
Holly Lewis  
Fiona McLachlan
Satwinder Samra
Flora Samuel
Kevin Singh

Meeting dates in 2015:
3 June 2015
7 October 2015

finance and operations committee

Geoff Alsop (Honorary Treasurer Chair) 
John Assael
Skip Belton
Matt Brook
Peter Folkman
John Hickey
Mark Kemp
Francesca Weal 
Richard Whitbread

Meeting dates in 2015:
11 June 2015                 
15 October 2015            
3 December 2015         

international committee

Peter Oborn (Vice President)
David Falla (UIA Vice President Region 1)
John Geeson (CAA Council, Large Practice Group)
Sean Hatcher (RIBA Member)
Tzena James (Council Member)
Alia Javed (Gulf and International Chapters)
David King (Large practice)
Nick Mills (Council Member)
Manuel Nogueira (South America, Small Practice)
Roger Shrimplin (Council Member)
Rob Smith (External Member, RICS, Hon Fellow)
Chris Williamson  (Council Member)

Corresponding Members

Nela De Zoysa (Arcasia, International Council Member )
Goh Chong Chia (New International Council Member)
James Fischer (RIBA U.S.A)
John Campbell (Hong Kong Chapter)
Simon Crispe (Gulf Chapter)

Meeting dates in 2015:
3 Feb (2pm - 5pm)
2 June (2pm - 5pm)
6 Oct (2pm - 5pm)

membership committee

Anthony Clerici (Chair, Board and Council Member) 
Gerard Bareham
Marie Braithwaite
Russell Curtis
Alia Javed
Dominic Kramer 
Walter Menteth
Ewen Miller
Virginia Newman
Richard Steer
Helen Taylor

Meeting dates in 2015:
3 February
2 June
6 October

nations and regions committee

Anthony Clerici (VP membership)
Laith Anayi (RIBA South East)
Simon Baker (RIBA Yorks)
Jonathan Braddick (RIBA South West)
Peter Buchan (RIBA North East)
Aaron Chetwynd (RIBA West Midlands)
Robert Firth (RSAW President)
Mick Goode (RIBA North West)
Chris Hampson (RIBA London)
Valeria Passetti (RIBA East Midlands)
Mark Shipton (RIBA South)
Nicolas Tye (RIBA East)
Giles Vallis (RIBA Wessex)

Meeting dates in 2015:
9 June
13 October

Practice & Profession committee 

Caroline Buckingham (VP Practice and Profession)
Tim Bailey (Council)
Chris Bryant (Chair of Small Practice Group)
Peter Jackson (Chair of Large Practice Group)
Peter Caplehorn (Chair of Regulations and Standards Group and Council)
John Cole (Procurement Champion)
Hugh Feilden (Chair of Conservation Group)
Murray Fraser (Chair of Research and Innovation Group)
Phil Holden (Chair of Construction Leadership Group)
Owen Luder (Council)
David Miller (BIM Champion)
Nigel Ostime (Chair of Client Liaison Group)
Ruth Reed (Chair of Planning Group)
Flora Samuel (Council)
Lynne Sullivan (Chair of Sustainable Futures Group)
Andy von Bradsky (Chair of Housing Group)
Danna Walker (Chair of Architects for Change)

Meeting dates in 2015:
5 June 
8 October 

riba enterprises board 

Paul Foster (Chairman)
Ben Beaumont
Dagmar Binsted
Mark Kemp
Irena Peel
Bill Smedley
Peter Udall
Abi Van Hoorebaek
Richard Waterhouse
Richard Watson
Helen Whitfield
Paula Willmore