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Regulatory Tribunal

Regulatory Tribunal

RICS’ Regulatory Tribunal is led by a Presiding Chair, Sir Michael Burton GBE, and consists of both Independent members and RICS professional members. All of the Panels involved in our disciplinary procedures are drawn from members of the Regulatory Tribunal.

The Regulatory Tribunal is independent from RICS and its regulatory operations, and provides the profession with an effective, fair and independent judicial body.

Presiding Chair, Sir Michael Burton GBE

Sir Michael was called to the bar in 1970, became a QC in 1984 and was appointed a High Court Judge in 1998. From 1998 to November 2016 Sir Michael was a Judge of the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division). From 2007-16, he was a nominated Judge of the Commercial Court, where he sat most regularly, of the Technical and Construction Court, the Administrative Court and of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, also sitting in the Chancery Divisions and in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). Until November 2021 he continued to sit regularly in the Commercial Court

Sir Michael was President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal from 2002-05, and was responsible for substantial reforms and changes to that Court’s rules and procedures, which are still in place and effective, nearly 20 years later. In Dawson’s Short History of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (Second Ed) Chapter 9 it was stated that ‘there is no doubt that Burton J’s policies have been responsible for great savings of time and expense”.

He was the first Chairman of the Central Arbitration Committee (the Industrial Court), established in 2000, until 2017: he appointed every panel and introduced the practices, procedures and guidelines under which the Central Arbitration Committee has operated, and he reported annually to Parliament on its behalf.

He was from 2013 to 2018 President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), to which complaints as to surveillance or interception are made against the Security Services and the Police: he was previously President of the Interception of Communications Tribunal, one of its predecessors, and was Vice-President of the IPT from 2000-13.

He acts as a Commercial Arbitrator and as a Mediator. He was appointed a Judge of the ADGM (Commercial) Courts of Abu Dhabi in November 2016.
He was Treasurer of Gray’s Inn, of which he remains a Bencher, in 2012, and was Chairman of the High Court Judges’ Association 2010-11.

Sir Michael is general editor of Civil Appeals (Second Ed) Sweet & Maxwell. He is an Honorary Fellow of Goldsmiths College, London University and was a Fellow of Eton College from 2004-16. Sir Michael is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and since 2019 President of the Forum for International Conciliation and Arbitration (FICA).

He was appointed in 2019 Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) for services to the Rule of Law

Regulatory Tribunal Members

  • Alison Sansome Independent Tribunal Chair and Tribunal member

    Alison was Chief Operating Officer at the Nursing and Midwifery Council until April 2017, with overarching responsibility for regulatory functions, especially registration and fitness to practise. A former Senior Civil Servant, she led transformative change programmes and delivered support services to Veterans of the Armed Forces and subsequently gained private sector experience in technology provision.  She now has a non-executive portfolio with a standards or regulatory focus, which includes Non-Executive Board Member roles at the Office of the Public Guardian, the Office for Legal Complaints and the Fire Standards Board, as well as Panel/Committee roles at the Phone-paid Services Authority and the General Optical Council. She is also a non-legal member of the Employment Tribunal (England & Wales).

    Ferdinand Balfoort Independent Tribunal member

    Ferdinand is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) based between London and New Zealand, who has held senior executive positions in professional practice and industry internationally.  He has 25 years professional experience working for blue chip companies, institutions and professional services organizations.  Ferdinand is a professional interim and Non-Executive Director in Sustainability, Governance, Risk and Regulatory Compliance.  He has performed professional projects and held NED and advisory positions in a range of industry sectors and in 40 countries globally, including  Asia, Oceania and Africa. His industry expertise includes Energy, Telecoms, Manufacturing, Tourism, and Green/ Sustainable technology.  He graduated Master of Commerce and Accounting from Victoria University of Wellington.

    Ferdinand founded and manages a boutique Impact Advisory firm, Balfour and Associates, with offices in London, and Wellington (New Zealand).  His advisory firm supports the boards and senior management of companies in Clean technology and Green Industrial sectors, as well as Digital and ICT.  He has been an advisor to the London based Social Stock Exchange and Impact Investor Networks, supporting client projects to gain Social Stock Exchange membership based on successful Environmental, Social and Governance impact reports.  He has been an Advisor and member to the Board of Transparency International (NZ) on Corporate Governance and Fundraising for a decade. He consults and advises on a wide range of Sustainability, financial, corporate finance and strategic management matters, to support the global scale up of critical solutions to address global challenges, especially climate change.  Current projects include a circular economy SaaS platform in Australasia, a global micromobility technology operator in APAC and a USA based Carbon Capture and Storage bio engineering technology operator.

     

    Greg Hammond Independent Tribunal member

    Greg Hammond's professional background was in the Royal Air Force, which he left in the rank of Group Captain. After ten years' operational flying on the E-3D AWACS aircraft, his later appointments included Station Commander of RAF Fylingdales, Deputy Commandant of the RAF College Cranwell and Head of Intelligence for a deployable headquarters, in addition to a number of jobs in and around the centre of government. He currently also sits as a Lay Panel Member and Panel Chair for the Nursing and Midwifery Council's Fitness-to-Practise Committee; is a volunteer facilitator for the Windsor Leadership Trust charity; and is Councillor for Courtfield ward in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

    Nick Hawkins Independent Tribunal Chair and Tribunal member

    Nick served in the Royal Navy for 22 years at sea and ashore, qualifying as a barrister mid-career. He prosecuted, defended and sat as Judge Advocate at Courts Martial. He then spent 15 years in the Crown Prosecution Service as a Chief Crown Prosecutor, appearing in all Courts personally prosecuting every type of offence from murder to minor motoring offences. After a year in the IPCC he finished his public sector career with two years as Chief Executive of the Legal Ombudsman. He is now a member of Normanton Chambers and undertakes criminal justice consultancy in the UK and overseas. He is a Legally Qualified Chair for Police Misconduct Hearings.  He is a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Warwickshire and the West Midlands

    Patrick Bligh-Cheesman Independent Tribunal member

    Patrick spent some thirty years in the Trading Standards profession culminating with ten years as Head of Service with one of the larger local authorities. After taking early retirement, he was asked to set up a regional trading standards team serving London, the East and South-East of England to tackle rogue trading. Later, similar schemes were rolled out across other regions. He was an inaugural member of the Surveyors Ombudsman Service Member Board when RICS set up the service in 2007 and later a lay member of the Ombudsman Services Property Liaison Panel. He was an Independent Director and Interim Chair of Cilex Regulation throughout the period when they applied for and gained the authority to issue practice rights in reserved legal activities and to regulate entities.

    Patrick is a former director of Bournemouth and Poole Citizens Advice, now Citizens Advice Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. He is also a former Lay Member of the Investigations Panel of the Architects Registration Board.

    Currently, Patrick is a Lay Member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Consumer Panel for the Phone Paid Services Authority.

    Ron Barclay-Smith MA MPhil MBA Independent Tribunal member

    Ron Barclay-Smith served for 20 years in the Royal Air Force Regiment in command and staff appointments in the UK and overseas in light armour, parachute and Rapier specialisations until he left ithe Service in 1992. Subsequently, he held a number of CEO and chair appointments in the Public, private and third sectors before retiring in 2017. Ron is currently Chair of the British Transport Police Authority, which holds the British transport Police (BTP) to account.

    Sue Heads Independent Tribunal member

    Sue Heads spent 25 years working in professional regulation with the Solicitors Regulation Authority before leaving in 2015. She now sits as a magistrate for the Coventry and Warwickshire Bench, as a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Fitness to Practice Panel and as a member of the Bar Standards Board Conduct Committee. She has also undertaken a number of voluntary roles in the community.

  • Ben Davies BSc (Hons) MSc FRICS CMIRM MBCI Professional Tribunal member

    Ben Davies is Group Head of Risk & Compliance at Dar Group. Dar Group is a leading professional services group internationally recognized and regularly placed in the top 10 of Engineering News Record’s Top 225 International Design Firms. Dar Group operates from 297 offices in 60 countries and has approximately 18,000 staff. Before taking up his role in Dar Group, he was Group Risk & Compliance Director at Currie & Brown, a member of Dar Group. Previous roles include Governance, Risk & Controls Manager at EDF Energy Nuclear New Build, Programme Risk Manager on the London 2012 Olympic Games with Mace and Corporate Risk Manager at WS Atkins. Ben originally qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, is a Fellow of the RICS and holds an MSc in Risk Management from Southampton University.

    Dr Stephen Moore DBEnv MSc DipProjMan FRICS FCIOB MCIArb Professional Tribunal member.

    Stephen is a quantity surveyor, project manager and academic with professional and industry experience spanning over 50 years. He has expertise in private practice, consultancy and board-level executive roles alongside professional training and research. His academic research focuses on the scope and effect of professional training for surveyors and the changing demands of professional practice in construction. Currently Stephen is a regulated sole practitioner providing commercial and contract support advice to a variety of organisations in the built environment sector. As a Fellow of RICS and the CIOB, Stephen has contributed to upholding professional standards as a past member of RICS Governing Council and a current CIOB examination marker. Also for over 20 years now he has been an RICS accredited APC assessor, mentor and trainer.

    Mark Griffin Professional Tribunal member

    Mark Griffin is a Chartered Land Surveyor with a strong project management background in Land Administration, Land Surveying and Geographical Information Systems. Mark thrives on diversity having gained most of his work (and life) experience in an international, multi-cultural environment in both the public and private sectors.

    Mark has worked in several senior management and international board roles and as an independent consultant. He has over 35 years’ experience influencing the oil & energy, real estate, and government industries in Europe, the Near East, Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Often operating in intense, highly political, and unpredictable environments, Mark combines his technical expertise with political shrewdness and a pragmatic approach.

    Mark was a founder member of the Deutscher Verband Chartered Surveyors in 1994 and RICS Bermuda in 1997 serving as Chair of RICS Bermuda from 2002 to 2004 and as a RICS Americas Director from 2002 to 2004. He was one of the first cohort of RICS Licensed Assessor Trainers. Mark was a member of the RICS Geomatics Global Professional Group Board from 2008 until it was dissolved in 2019.

    Mark is currently Director and Principal International Consultant at Griffin GEO Ltd providing strategic and technical advice and project management services worldwide.

    Nick Turner FRICS Professional Tribunal Chair and Tribunal member

    Nick Turner is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).  Having qualified in 1981 he was a member of Council of the Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers, chairman of its Estate Agency committee and Professional Practise committee. A former Chairman of its Junior Members Organisation and founding member of the Young Professionals Group, which brought together Solicitors, Accountants, Actuaries, Barristers, Surveyors, Valuers and Auctioneers. He assumed RICS membership in January 2000. He currently serves as a member of the Exeter RICS association and is a past chairman. A West Countryman through and through, born in Somerset he studied Estate Management in Southampton. Following qualification he practised in Gloucestershire with a leading firm of would now be called a multi disciplinary firm of Chartered Surveyors dealing with weekly livestock markets, surveys and valuations, together with country house sales and conducted property auctions. A move to a major international surveying company in London preceded his appointment as area director for a national firm of Estate agents, Surveyors and Auctioneers in Exeter.

    In 1994 Nick set up his present Property Search, Buying & Relocation Company as he was conscious that there were very few if anybody doing it that was professionally qualified. The aim was to give clients a first class service with the ability to look at the property holistically and advise clients accordingly. In 2021 Nick became a consultant to his firm  passing the mantle to his colleagues.