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RIBA President, CEO and Executive Team

President, CEO and Executive Team

President: Ben Derbyshire

Ben Derbyshire is Chair of HTA Design LLP, a design consultancy to the home building industry, practicing ‘creative collaboration’ in a range of professional and other disciplines.

A member of the practice since 1976 and a co-owner since 1986, Ben became a main board director when the practice incorporated in 2000 and was appointed Managing Director in 2005. Ben became Managing Partner in 2013 when HTA Architects Limited became HTA Design LLP and then Chair in 2016.

He has built up broad-ranging expertise through involvement in much of HTA’s work in regeneration, masterplanning, housing and mixed use design. Ben has worked on many complex large-scale schemes undertaken by the practice over the years. As well as acting as HTA's Chair, Ben is responsible for the practices internal design review process and leads the marketing effort.

He is on the boards of Design for Homes and NLA's New London Sounding. He is a trustee of The London Society.

Senior management

Group Executive

  • Chief Executive: Alan Vallance

    Alan became the RIBA's Chief Executive in September 2016 following his seven month tenure as Interim Chief Executive.

    Trained as a chartered accountant, Alan has a background in finance, consulting, strategic planning and general management across a wide variety of roles in Europe and Australasia.

    Prior to joining the RIBA in September 2015 as Interim Director of Finance & Operations, Alan spent three years as Chief Operating Officer at the Law Society, the membership and regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales.

    Between 2009 and 2011 Alan was the Chief Operating Officer of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the national weather agency, based in Melbourne, Australia. As part of his responsibilities, Alan spent considerable time at the United Nations in Geneva participating and leading Australian Delegations at the World Meteorological Organisation.

    Alan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He obtained a BA (Hons) in Economics at the University of York.
  • Executive Director Finance and Operations: Clem Brohier
  • Executive Director Members: Adrian Dobson
  • Chief Executive RIBA Enterprises: Richard Waterhouse
  • Interim Executive Director Business Transformation: François Josserand
  • Interim Executive Director Marketing and Communications: Maxine Mckenzie
  • Interim Executive Director Human Resources: Unji Mathur

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