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Honorary Secretary

Honorary Secretary

Be part of the vision; be part of the RIBA.

The RIBA is a global professional membership body, and a cultural organisation, driving excellence in architecture.

Salary: Pro bono
London/remote working
Voluntary. Please see time commitment as outlined below.


The Honorary Secretary is the principal adviser to the President and the Council on:

(i) any constitutional policy of, or relating to, the Royal Institute; and

(ii) any procedural issue at meetings of the Council or Institute meetings held in accordance with Byelaw 10.

They are the principal adviser to the President and the Council on the adherence within the Royal Institute to the Charter, Byelaws and Regulations and to the obligations of charity law. They are a trustee of the RIBA and also the Royal Institute’s formal link with the Charity Commission.

As a result of various reviews currently in hand, a significant amount of constitutional work may be expected. However, the Honorary Secretary does not have designated responsibility for the chairing of any RIBA committee. The commitments can be summarised as follows:

  • ex-officio member of the RIBA Board
  • attends quarterly meetings of the RIBA Council
  • ex-officio member of the Nominations Committee
  • attends other meetings (for example specially formed working groups) as required

Liaison and support: the Honorary Secretary can expect to work with the President, senior executive, Council Secretary, and Constitutional Affairs Support as required.

Time commitment:

  • six half-day meetings of RIBA Board
  • four one-day meetings of RIBA Council
  • one half-day meeting of Nominations Committee, plus email correspondence during the year


RIBA Chartered members may put themselves forward provided they have the support of two members of the RIBA Council serving in the 2019 to 2020 session.

Term of office:

For an initial period of one year, commencing 2 October 2019.

If you would like to apply for the position, please send a CV and one page statement outlining your suitability for the role, including the names of two serving RIBA Council members who have agreed to nominate you, to

Closing date: 12 noon BST on 27 August 2019
Contact for further information: RIBA Council Secretary: + 44 (0)20 7307 3667

The RIBA is a progressive employer, committed to developing a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all sections of society.

Registered Charity No. 210566

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