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Governing Council

RICS Governing Council

Governing Council is our highest governing body, setting our global strategy and ensuring RICS fulfils its Royal Charter obligations. It provides strategic oversight on requirements for entry into the profession, and the setting and enforcement of professional standards so that we continue to deliver confidence in the built and natural environment. It also shapes our priorities as an influential thought leader, and provides high-level assurance on our operations as a sustainable business and professional body. 

With diverse membership from around the world and across core strategic areas of the profession, Governing Council provides the leadership and expertise to set a strategy that advances public trust in the profession and ensures we are a force for positive social impact. 

All Governing Council members are RICS professionals, with the current composition consisting of:

  • Chair of Governing Council
  • 6 Strategy Seats (Academia and Education; Capital Markets and Valuation; Land; Research and Development; Residential; Urbanisation and Planning)
  • 15 Market Seats (Africa; ASEAN, Australasia; Brazil; Canada; Caribbean; China; Europe x2; Hong Kong; India; Middle East; UK & Ireland x2; USA)
  • RICS President
  • RICS President-Elect
  • RICS Senior Vice-President

Chair of Governing Council (Interim), Nicholas Maclean

Nicholas lives and works in the United Arab Emirates and is the Chairman and Managing Director of CBRE Middle East Region, which he established in 2005. This Region now encompasses his firm’s operations across Turkey, Middle East and North Africa. He served as the Chairman of the RICS MENA Advisory Panel until December 2019 and is a member of the Institute of Revenue, Rating & Valuations and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).He is also Chair of the Lillian Sutton (SoC) Charitable Trust. Nicholas is a Global Scot and is The Scottish Government’s Trade Envoy to the United Arab Emirates.

He holds the Reserve Decoration, and was named by Arabian Business as one of the 100 most influential people in the UAE in 2017. This was followed up in 2018 by being named one of the Top 100 Executives by Forbes Middle East.

Governing Council members

  • Albert obtained a B.S Degree in Civil Engineering in July 1986, Diploma in Quantity surveying from CEM in September 1995 and RICS membership in October 1998. He has five year contractor practice from July 1986 to February 1992 in CSCEC, seven year QS consultant practice in Levett & Bailey Hong Kong Office, Beijing Office, Beijing PM Consulting company retrospectively as QS, Chief Representatives, Managing Director from June 1996 to June 2005, and then he provided QS service to the industry as Managing Director independently.

    For RICS affairs, Albert was the Board Member of 2004 to 2009 China Steering Group and 2005 to 2009 Asia Education and Standard Board. He is also a Licensed Assessor and Licensed Trainer, helping RICS to pioneer the Chinese Market. Albert has also been a Board Member of the Construction Cost Evaluation Standard Review Committee, the China Ministry of Housing and Urban Rural Development since January 2017.

  • Louise is a member of RICS UK and Ireland World Regional Board. She is also an RICS Associate Assessor for Quantity Surveying and Construction and accredited expert for RICS Board recruitment. Louise is the Executive Property Director for Broadland Housing. She is responsible for Broadland Repairs Service, Broadland Facilities Services as well as ensuring Broadland homes meet the decent homes standard. Louise also manages IT, facilities and services within the Property Team.

    Louise is passionate about promoting sustainability both within the organisation and with Broadland’s tenants. She has been recognised by Sustainable Homes for her work around sustainability, receiving an award for Leadership. Louise is also a trustee for The Commonwealth Housing Trust, who raise funds to help people in the poorest countries to have decent homes.

  • Claudio has been a professional in the real estate market for the last 40 years. He graduated as a civil engineer at Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia in Brazil and has a Master of Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK. Currently the Chairman of the Advisory Board on Secovi-SP (Real Estate Association representing ninety thousand companies in São Paulo state), where had previously been President in two terms (2012-2016). He is also Chairman at the advisory board of the Secretary of Urban Development of São Paulo city.

    He is a Professor in the area of Urban Development in the RE MBA at ESPM and previously on RE investment at FGV (Fundação Getulio Vargas). Claudio is the author of books and articles on urbanism and construction. He is a weekly columnist on Cities, Urbanism and Market, at Folha de São Paulo newspaper and previously president of the Brazilian Council of ULI.

  • Kevin commenced his career in property at the Bath office of the Valuation Office Agency (UK) and has 30 years of public and private sector experience in Australia and the United Kingdom. He moved to Australia in 1998 and served as City Valuer for Adelaide City Council, Manager, Valuation at Colliers International and Principal, Valuation Policy and Compliance for CoreLogic. In each of these roles he gained a wide range of valuation experience. This breadth of experience provides valuable context to his current specialisation in residential property.

    Kevin is currently National Director Valuation Policy and Compliance for Herron Todd White based in Adelaide, South Australia. He provides advice to clients, valuers and industry on matters including valuation practice, risk management and professional standards. He also works with the Herron Todd White Media Team as a commentator on the Australian residential property market.

  • Alan is the Chairman of Knight Frank (Hong Kong) and has over 40 years’ experience in the property markets of the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and China. Alan has worked in both the government and private sectors in Hong Kong where he has been based for over 35 years. He specialises in areas of land resumption, development and management and was Land Advisor for the acquisition and development of land for Hong Kong’s rail expansion programme.

    Alan acts as an independent expert surveyor and has worked on numerous development consultancy projects and studies as well as providing advice on feasibility assessments, land grants, lease modifications, rating & valuation and aspects of due diligence for public and private funds. Alan has been a Member of Governing Council since 2015, a former Member of the RICS Asia World Regional Board, an RICS Registered Valuer and RICS Hong Kong Registered Expert on Land Matters.

  • Paul started his professional career in the Valuation Office of Northern Ireland, but spent most of his career in higher education where he has been an associate head of surveying and head of architecture and civil engineering at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). He is now teaching planning, design and development subjects within NTU’s Property Management and Development department. He has interests in master planning, urban design and green roofs and green infrastructure.

    Over 2015-16 he contributed as a panel member for the review of the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency’s Subject Benchmark ‘Land, Construction, Real Estate and Surveying’ which provides guidance for the educational curriculum of nearly all the major surveying based disciplines. Outside of NTU Paul is currently:

    • Chair of the RICS Planning & Development Professional Board and undertakes APC work for planning & development, management consultancy and academic pathways
    • Member of the RICS International Land & Resources Board and its Planning Policy Panel
    • External examiner for the MSc Real Estate at the Neapolis University Pafos, Cyprus and for the BSc Property Studies for The Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland, Dublin
    • A board member of social enterprise and charity with the Nottingham Energy Partnership, charged with energy saving and generation in and around Nottingham
    • Feature editor for the Estates Gazette/EG’s Mainly for Students column
    • A ‘must try harder’ vegetable gardener with half an allotment shared with an architect.
  • Martin Eberhardt is a member of RICS since 1996. In 1997 he founded the RICS Regional Group Berlin and from 2000 to 2005 he took over the management of the Regional Group North in his hometown Hamburg. He is a member of the Executive Board of RICS Germany since 2010 and its Chairman since 2013. Holding an MBA, he has worked in the real estate industry for over 30 years, with extensive knowledge of the entire lifecycle of a property.

    As a young professional he worked in Corporate Real Estate Management at Daimler-Benz and then filled positions as managing director at Colliers Grossmann & Berger, Union Investment Institutional Property, Bouwfonds IM Germany and Corpus Sireo Real Estate/ Swiss Life Asset Managers. In addition to his voluntary work for RICS, the enthusiastic footballer is also a member of the Presidium of the German Property Foundation (ZIA).

  • Marion is a chartered surveyor and valuer, with over 20 years’ experience in the UK residential property sector. As the founder of The Surveyor Hub and the Women in Surveying Sisterhood Summit, Marion is passionate not just about our industry, but the very people in it.

    She is the Managing Director of BlueBox Partners, an alliance of experienced residential valuers and surveyors committed to supporting the professional development and personal well-being of other valuers and surveyors.

    Starting as a residential valuation surveyor in Croydon, Marion has spent much of her career resolving consumer complaints and claims and this led to her developing her skills as a customer experience specialist. She is a women’s leadership coach, wife, and mother of two young children.

  • RICS President-Elect 2021-22

    Ann became RICS Senior Vice President in November 2020 following her election in May 2019. She is both a licensed architect and real estate broker based in Los Angeles, California. In 1995, she established Gray Real Estate Advisors providing consulting services to investors, property owners and attorneys to optimise values of complex properties. Over the course of her career she has been involved in nearly a billion dollars in high-quality commercial and institutional development. Recent clients include Invesco, Citibank and the Episcopal Diocese of Southern California.

    Ann previously directed corporate real estate at Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, where she oversaw property acquisition, master planning and the design of corporate and production facilities. During her tenure, the studio underwent technical upgrades, launched historic preservation strategies, and initiated sustainability standards. Prior to Viacom, Ann was VP Development at Indivest, a private commercial developer. Ann holds a BA in Applied Mathematics and a Master of Architecture - both from UCLA.

  • Birgit is team leader of the German Duff & Phelps Real Estate valuation team. She is responsible for client acquisition and relationship, revenue and further development of the Valuation Services division. Birgit has 20 years of experience in real estate valuation and strategic business consulting. She has specific experiences in valuation of commercial real estate and residential portfolios for national and international investors, e.g. institutional funds, corporates, project developers in purchasing, accounting or financing purposes.

    Prior to joining Duff & Phelps REAG GmbH, Birgit was with JLL, Cushman & Wakefield and Rödl & Partner.

  • Bill has been in the property industry for 35 years, and became a Chartered surveyor in 1986. He is also a member of the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (SISV). In 2002, Bill joined Royal Dutch Shell where he held various positions in Corporate Real Estate in U.K. and Asia. In 2011 he became RICS ASEAN Managing Director and in 2015 he was appointed RICS Standards Director (Asia-Pacific). In mid-2016 he left RICS for a global CRE/FM role in a multinational mining/minerals organisation.

    Bill was a member of RICS Asia Board (2008 to 2011), RICS Audit Committee (2010-11) and was Chair of RICS Singapore Working Group (2008-09). In 2018, Bill was shortlisted by RICS in the First Movers category for its ‘’Pride in the Profession’’ initiative to showcase the significant and positive impact that surveyors have made to society over the past 150 years since RICS was founded.

  • RICS President 2021-22

    Clement became RICS President Elect in November 2020. This recognises his active promotion of professionalism across the built environment throughout his career - most recently in his current role as Director and Head of Development and Valuations for Commercial Property at Hongkong Land Ltd. Clement has also served as Chair of the RICS Hong Kong Board and as a member of the RICS Asia Regional Board. In addition, he sits on the Hong Kong Foundation Board of The University of New South Wales, Australia.

    He is determined to extend the reach and influence of RICS’ thought leadership, and to drive the organisation’s digital capability during his term.

  • Nicholas lives and works in the United Arab Emirates and is the Chairman and Managing Director of CBRE Middle East Region, which he established in 2005. This Region now encompasses his firm’s operations across Turkey, Middle East and North Africa. He served as the Chairman of the RICS MENA Advisory Panel until December 2019 and is a member of the Institute of Revenue, Rating & Valuations and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).He is also Chair of the Lillian Sutton (SoC) Charitable Trust. Nicholas is a Global Scot and is The Scottish Government’s Trade Envoy to the United Arab Emirates.

    He holds the Reserve Decoration, and was named by Arabian Business as one of the 100 most influential people in the UAE in 2017. This was followed up in 2018 by being named one of the Top 100 Executives by Forbes Middle East.

  • Kathy is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with 25 years of experience in teaching and research in property and quantity surveying. She is currently Head of the Department of Construction Economics and Management, University of Cape Town. She lectures across South Africa and has undertaken international collaborative research projects with Universities across the world. Her research is focused on developing a deeper understanding of the built environment that seeks grounded solutions for the sustainable urban development and management of African cities.

    Kathy holds a PhD from Salford University in urban and community-based facilities management and is a professionally registered quantity surveyor in South Africa. Past roles have included the immediate Past-President of the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession, past member of the Council for the Built Environment in South Africa, the Regional Editor (Africa) for the Journal of Facilities Management and a member of the Editorial Board of the African Journal of Real Estate Research.

  • Uche is the Chief Valuation Officer, Cayman Islands Government, responsible for formulating and implementing Real Estate policies and procedures. Previously, employed as the Business Development Manager for the Caribbean Region with DDL, a full-service real estate practice based in the Cayman Islands. Uche has over 25 years real estate experience gained in the UK and Caribbean within the private and public sector.

    He serves as the RICS Cayman Chapter Chair, is a member of the RICS Caribbean Advisory Group and previously served on the RICS Americas World Region Board. He is a Fellow of RICS, a registered valuer, a Licensed Assessor Trainer and an APC Assessor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Estate Management, a Masters degree in Property Valuation and Law and a post-graduate diploma in Business Systems Analysis and Design from the City University Business School in London, England.

  • Isobel is a director at Savills and is based in Cork, Ireland. Practicing for over 30 years, Isobel joined Savills (formerly Hamilton Osborne King) in 1989 and became a Director in 2003. During her time with Savills, Isobel has worked across a range of sectors both in Dublin and Cork including asset management, commercial lettings and sales, professional services incorporating loan security reviews and compulsory acquisition work.

    Isobel has also provided expert witness evidence in formal planning enquiries and rent review arbitrations. In recent years, Isobel has focused on the investment market.

  • David is a chartered planner (MRTPI) with over 30 years’ professional experience in planning, estate management and valuation matters. David is based in the UK and is a Group Partner at Carter Jonas, where he is Head of Minerals & Waste Management. David has managed a broad range of planning & EIA cases throughout the UK, including mixed use developments, brown field regeneration and mineral, waste and energy projects. He is a RICS-registered valuer and is recognised as an expert in mineral and waste management asset valuation.

    David is a co-author of the RICS global guidance note on the valuation of mineral bearing land and waste management assets and has acted as an expert witness in planning inquiries at the High Court and in Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) cases. David is also a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying, a Chartered Waste Manager and a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association.

  • Praveen is a seasoned real estate professional with extensive skills in finance, corporate credit, valuation, consulting and construction due to his education and experience in varied industries and locations. He is a registered valuer for real estate as per the Companies Act of India, and presently manages government infrastructure advisory, valuation, consulting and market research businesses.

    Praveen is on the expert panel of multiple committees of the government of India, including the Valuation Standards and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Boards. He started his career in construction, moving to building material designs, sales and then to valuation and corporate finance, working with leading institutions in each of these sectors. He has handled large portfolios in excess of $3 Billion Dollars, and has been working with RICS as an assessor and counsellor for almost 10 years.

  • David has 30 years’ experience in property finance, valuations and real estate services both in the UK and Australia, across all property sectors and asset classes. He has held a number of senior roles in the property industry, and is currently head of valuations CBRE, Melbourne. David’s core skills are in customer and team relationship management, communication and negotiation, leadership and coaching, all carried out with the highest integrity. He is passionate about leadership and coaching and will provide mentoring to valuation team members, as well as guidance and advice to the national directors on valuation and risk-related issues.

    As well as participating in property industry professional association activities, David also takes an active role in promoting and expanding the CBRE valuation business and liaising with banking and finance, government, institutional and corporate clients.

  • Benjamin is an award winning built environment professional and policy maker as a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor, registered Architect (Singapore) Chartered Architect (RIBA), and Chartered Environmentalist (SocEnv).  He is a Senior Architect at the Building and Construction Authority in Singapore, a previous member of the RICS Singapore national advisory board and a current Licensed Assessor Trainer for the ASEAN region. Benjamin is active internationally within the environmental sector, as well as setting professional strategy for transformation. He contributes to a number of global professional councils and is authoring the Architectural profession’s response to the New Urban Agenda and Global Goals for Sustainable Development in Singapore.

    He has worked in both public and private sectors delivering a range of projects from sensitive conservation (heritage) projects in the UK to senior care centres, and aviation fuel storage facilities in Singapore. He has been involved in the development of Singapore’s Environmental Policy within the built environment sector over the last decade, including leading the development of Singapore’s green building rating tool (Green Mark 2015), and the response to advancing net zero energy through the Super Low Energy Programme.

  • As a Chartered building surveyor and Director at BTY Group, Rob has over 10 years’ experience working across North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Oceania. In his current role, Rob leads a team that oversees construction and infrastructure projects with a portfolio value in excess of $10bn. As part of this role, Rob advises financial institutions and other stakeholders on the risks associated with their investment.

    Rob has experience in managing multi-family residential construction projects and specialist skills in the area of construction investigations and reporting for Legal claims. Rob has provided Expert Witness services and advice regarding defects, damage and repair solutions.

Any questions regarding Governing Council, or about our corporate governance, please email governance@rics.org