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Would you like to lead RIBA South West?

Would you like to lead RIBA South West?

15 August 2017

'Sometimes challenging, always rewarding and never dull'.

RIBA South West is seeking a new Regional Chair to lead the RIBA membership across Devon and Cornwall until August 2019.

The RIBA South West Regional Chair has the opportunity to influence the development of activity and relationships that ensure the RIBA achieves its strategic objectives on behalf of its members in Devon and Cornwall. The Chair also ensures the proper conduct of the Regional Council meetings.

In order to drive a proactive and relevant agenda, the Regional Chair works closely with the RIBA South West Regional Council including the Branch chairs of RIBA Cornwall, Exeter and Plymouth. Also with the regional staff team based at Bristol, Exeter and Plymouth; and external stakeholders as required.

The Regional Chair should be an RIBA Chartered Member. The annual commitment is a minimum of 3 RIBA South West Regional Council meetings held across Devon and Cornwall, and 3 RIBA Nations & Regions Committee meetings held at Portland Place. Other RIBA and external commitments are occasionally required in order to ensure RIBA is influencing in an effective manner.

Download the job description here. Please email or if you have any questions, or to arrange to speak on the phone.

Please apply for this post by emailing RIBA Regional Director Jon Watkins at with a brief outline of why you would like to become RIBA South West Regional Chair. Please do also call Jon on 07501 466649 if you wish to have an informal conversation about the role.

There is an RIBA South West and RIBA Wessex Joint Forum being held at Topsham, nr Exeter on 13 September (1 to 5pm) at which a new Chair would be welcome to attend, and could be formerly elected into post by the Regional Council. Alternatively, this could happen at the RIBA South West Annual Open Forum at Dartington on 24 October.

Outgoing Regional Chair, John Wilde of Babcock International Group said, ‘After an exciting, challenging and rewarding time firstly as Exeter Branch Chair and latterly South West Regional Chair, I have now been elected as a South West Representative on RIBA Council.

'Regrettably, I realise I cannot perform the necessary duties to the standard I want and members deserve as both RIBA Council member and RIBA South West Regional Chair. Therefore to best serve south west members, I am stepping down from my Regional Chair role to concentrate on my new role on Council.

As a Council member, I will endeavour to promote at all times and to the best of my ability; the south west, its architecture and its local chartered members. I encourage all Chartered Members in Devon and Cornwall to consider stepping forward to take on the role of Regional Chair and I wish my successor every success in what is sometimes a challenging, but always rewarding role’.

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