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Standards and Regulation Board Sub-Groups

  • Entry and Assessment Steering Group
  • Qualifications and Assessment Committee
  • Dispute Resolution Appointments Board

Entry and Assessment Steering Group

Accountable to RICS’ Standards and Regulation Board (SRB), the Entry and Assessment Steering Group will provide senior leadership and direction to RICS’ review of entry and assessment to the profession.

Led by an independent Chair, Sarah Hutchinson, the Steering Group will oversee an in-depth review of all aspects of entry and assessment, including the journey from pre-qualification, up to post-qualification. The project will review and make changes where appropriate to the following areas, subject to membership consultation:

  • Eligibility requirements, including the role of the accredited degree and other types of qualifications, experience requirements, direct entry routes and their impact on diversity
  • Role of student and membership levels (Assoc, MRICS and FRICS)
  • Pathways and competencies
  • Methods of assessment, including the role of computer-based assessments
  • Chartered designations
  • Other schemes and certifications
  • Relationship to post-entry learning and career and professional development.

Chair, Sarah Hutchinson

Sarah qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales and practised as a commercial lawyer in London and Manchester before specialising in legal education and international professional qualifications.  

Sarah is a non-executive director of BARBRI Global (and formerly its Managing Director).  BARBRI provides professional education to law students and lawyers throughout their careers in the US, the UK and globally.  BARBRI has supported more than 1.3 million lawyers to succeed in their national qualification examinations. 

Sarah is the immediate past-Chair of the Section of Public and Professional Interest of the International Bar Association and a member of the IBA’s management board and Council. Sarah is formerly Chair of the International committee of the Law Society of England & Wales.

Members of the Steering Group

  • Keith is a Chartered Development Surveyor (FRICS), Chartered Town Planner (FRTPI) and member of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) with nearly 40 years professional experience. He has run his own independent consultancy practice PER Consulting, for the past ten years working largely with central and local government clients on strategic planning, regeneration, and economic growth delivery. Before that he held senior leadership roles at property consultancy firms including Chesteron International, DTZ and AECOM.

    He is an experienced APC Assessor, panel Chair, mentor and counsellor for candidates entering the RICS and believes passionately in the need to widen routes of entry to the profession and the vital importance of candidate support networks. He brings further experience of the RTPI APC process and previously chaired the institute’s Membership and Advisory Panel, setting the standards for assessment and overseeing guidance on new routes to membership. Keith also acted as an Academic Partnership member, was a Director of Planning Aid Wales and served as a trustee of the International Ethics Coalition.

  • Paul is a current Member of RICS’ Governing Council. He 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.
  • Bruce is a Director for Turner & Townsend working across Germany and Austria delivering project management and cost management services across a range of built environment projects. Part of his role also involves developing and supporting projects in the West and North African regions.

    Prior to joining Turner & Townsend, Bruce’s career started in 1994 in Scotland as a Quantity Surveyor with Sir Robert McAlpine and then Carillion. Moving London in 2001 to take up a consultancy role with Faithful & Gould and later with Savant International. Following a successful career in the UK, he moved to Egypt in 2008 to set up a new Gleeds’ business from scratch and to grow it into a thriving professional corps supporting an impressive array of mega-projects and international clients.  From 2014, Bruce took on wider geographical responsibilities across the Middle East and Africa regions to develop new businesses and working closely with RICS to expand membership and improve standards of service in emerging economies. 

    Bruce has been a member of RICS since January 2004 and plays an enthusiastic role in promoting RICS standards and professional practice.

  • For 30 years, Anne was a journalist and media executive, most recently at Times Newspapers, where she served as Assistant Editor, Managing Editor in charge of staffing and budgets, Editor in Chief of Times Digital and sat as an executive director on the board of Times Newspapers. For 10 years, she was a property correspondent for The Times, where she created Bricks and Mortar, and for the Financial Times, where she interviewed Donald Trump. She believes strongly in the power of places to improve lives.

    For seven years, Anne served as Chief Executive of Career Ready, an employability charity transforming the career prospects of disadvantaged teenagers across the UK. The charity’s programme is delivered by several thousand business volunteers, including RICS members. That role was driven by a passion for seeing people from all backgrounds fulfil their potential and to increase diversity in the workforce. The charity has created an award in her name. She previously chaired the charity One Parent Families, for which she received an OBE.

    Anne is Chair of the Greenshaw Learning multi-academy Trust, a non-exec director of data consultancy Profusion and a trustee of Royal Springboard, which drives social mobility through access to boarding schools for vulnerable children.

  • Julia is an independent non-executive Board member of Outokumpu, a leading global stainless-steel manufacturer listed in Helsinki, employing 10k people across multiple sites. She is a member of the Outokumpu Board Audit Committee and the ESG Advisory Council. Julia is also an independent board member at Surface Transforms Plc, a UK based company producing carbon-ceramic brake discs for the automotive sector.

    Prior to transitioning into her non-executive roles, Julia had a thirty-year career in the automotive industry, working for Ford Motor Company and interfacing closely with many major automotive companies and leading global suppliers. Her executive roles with Ford included global leadership positions in Purchasing, organisational design/implementation and process re-engineering teams. In her last role with Ford, Julia was head of global Chassis Purchasing, working with her Engineering partner to co-lead Ford’s worldwide Chassis business. She has worked in both operational and strategic roles, maintaining a strong interest in diversity, mentoring and personnel/team development, along with supply chain robustness and ethical sourcing.

    Julia’s career has given her the opportunity to work internationally with direct responsibility for teams in Europe, North and South America, India and China. She has travelled extensively and had international assignments based in the USA and Germany for several years. Julia was born in Birmingham in the United Ki0ngdom and studied History at the University of Southampton.

  • Antoinette is a Senior Development Manager within Surrey County Council, specialising in the education sector. 

    She is an experienced construction professional, having worked within both private and public sectors, spending 24 years in the public sector in various roles. Over 10 of those years were spent gaining extensive experience in all aspects of construction project management, including refurbishment, new build residential, temporary accommodation, assisted living accommodation and schools. 

    Antoinette is also a Communications Professional, specialising in PR, crisis communications and stakeholder management, has served on a College Interim Management Board, and is currently Co-Chair of a Minority Ethnic and Allies Network to support the agenda of creating a more inclusive organisation, by way of informing corporate strategy, policy and practice. She also recently featured in a London billboard campaign as part of her work to promote the construction industry to black professionals.

    Antoinette has a very keen interest in construction Alternative Dispute Resolution which she plans on extending her knowledge in, in the very near future.

  • Craig is Director of Estate Operations for the Science Museum Group and is responsible for the sustainable management and maintenance of a large, diverse and public museum estate. As strategic lead for the decarbonisation of the group’s property, he is an advocate of sustainable practice within the FM industry.

    He started his career as a modern apprentice within the Information, Communication Technology sector, qualifying as a Systems Analyst for a global solutions provider before his work on infrastructure and building systems eventually led his transition to a career within the built environment.

    Craig is a specialist in Estate and Facilities Management having held senior roles at a variety of cultural and commercial organisations. His substantial experience gained over the past 20 years includes the care for and restoration of historic buildings as well the successful operation and maintenance of large scale, complex estates.

    Craig holds a Master of Science Degree (MSc) with distinction in Applied Facilities Management from Liverpool John Moores University and is a certified member of the Institute for Workplace and Facilities Management (CIWFM). He is enrolled on the Corporate Real Estate pathway with RICS, working towards his chartered status.

Qualifications and Assessment Committee

Accountable to RICS’ Standards and Regulation Board (SRB), the Qualifications and Assessment Committee (QAC) will lead in the policy development and quality assurance of RICS’ qualifications, including entry and assessment to the profession.

Led by a professional member Chair, Keith Thomas FRICS, the QAC shares a commitment to the continuous improvement of RICS’ professional qualifications, and to enhancing the relevance and consistency of standards

Chair: Keith Thomas FRICS

Keith is a Chartered Development Surveyor (FRICS), Chartered Town Planner (FRTPI) and member of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) with nearly 40 years professional experience. He has run his own independent consultancy practice PER Consulting, for the past ten years working largely with central and local government clients on strategic planning, regeneration, and economic growth delivery. Before that he held senior leadership roles at property consultancy firms including Chesteron International, DTZ and AECOM.

He is an experienced APC Assessor, panel Chair, mentor and counsellor for candidates entering the RICS and believes passionately in the need to widen routes of entry to the profession and the vital importance of candidate support networks. He brings further experience of the RTPI APC process and previously chaired the institute’s Membership and Advisory Panel, setting the standards for assessment and overseeing guidance on new routes to membership.  Keith also acted as an Academic Partnership member, was a Director of Planning Aid Wales and served as a trustee of the International Ethics Coalition

Professional Members of the Committee

  • Laura is a Project Director for projects in design, pre development and delivery. As well as being an active member of the RICS since achieving Chartered status in 2011, Laura has been awarded the accolades of RICS Young Surveyor of the Year, UCEM Alumni of the Year and WICE Quantity Surveyor of the Year. Laura is keen to contribute to the development of the construction industry’s next generation. She is an active member of the RICS Women of the Future working group and is a mentor to many in the industry, being recognised as UK Construction Week’s Role Model Class of 2019 and University College of Estate Management’s Associate Fellowship programme. Since joining Stanhope in 2019, Laura has been contributing to analysis of project cost data as well as being part of the delivery team of Warwick Court by Mitsubishi Estates Limited. Laura is also an RICS APC Assessor, Mentor for the Mentoring Circle and strategizing Stanhope’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.

  • Roy is currently employed as a Lead Surveyor at the Valuation Office Agency as part of the Wales and West team where he joined the Check, Challenge team in 2020 post qualification and his role focuses on Check, Challenge Appeal on non-domestic rates.

    The Non-domestic Rating (NDR) Directorate is responsible for NDR functions. The directorate also develops and implements strategy and policy across all aspects of NDR and is responsible for the maintenance of the rating list and the development of its use. It also drives quality and consistency through improved processes and supports local billing authorities that collect NDR rates.

    Roy joined the Valuation Office Agency in 2009 as part of an amalgamation of what was The Rent Service. His main role at The Rent Service was to make a series of valuations called ‘determinations’ to provide the Local Authority Housing Benefit department with a rent valuation to enable them to set a tenant’s benefit. He also provided Fair Rent valuations for regulated tenancies.

    He was part of the first cohort to become qualified in May 2020 via the online assessment and the first one to be qualified through the apprenticeship scheme at the Valuation Office Agency.

    Since his qualification in 2020, Roy has set out an objective to become an integral part of the RICS and the built environment beyond his current role at the VOA. In doing so he is now an APC assessor, an ambassador for the LionHeart Charity, a consultant for Property Elite and an active admin for the Surveyors Hub via Facebook and takes a significant interest as a supervisor to APC candidates within the VOA.

  • Ivy is a chartered quantity surveyor specialized in quantum expert witness works. Her areas of expertise cover contract administration, claims management, disruption analysis, expert witness work and quantity surveying work across Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates for the mega scale multi-disciplinary civil infrastructure construction projects.

    Ivy is also a visiting lecturer at university in Hong Kong; a presenter at seminars in both UK and Hong Kong professional institutions; a practising general mediator and construction adjudicator. In RICS, She is the APC chairperson and has regularly delivered workshops to APC candidates in relation to the final assessment.

  • Paul is a Chartered Building Surveyor and a Partner at Rider Levett Bucknall, based in their Yorkshire and Humber Region where he heads the Capital Projects Team.  Paul’s specialism is in Later Living where he leads the RLB National team in the delivery of Retirement Living, Care Home and Extra Care developments, being proactive in shaping the sub-sector and having a hands-on role in the delivery of projects.  Paul is also Chair of the RLB Future Professionals Forum, the body responsible for guiding the training and development of colleagues wishing to obtain Chartered status – pulling on Paul’s experience with the RICS APC process.  Chartered in 1996 and obtaining Fellowship in 2019, Paul has been an RICS APC Assessor since 2007 and latterly an APC Chair.

    Training and development of future professionals is a passion of Paul’s, which saw him awarded Mentor of the Year at the G4C Awards in 2019 and shortlisted for Mentor of the Year in the RICS Matrics Awards of the same year.  Away from work Paul continues this theme, holding the position of Chair of Governors of a Federated Governing Body of two Primary Schools and Chair of Governance committee.

Independent Members of the Committee

  • Joseph is a senior educationalist with a special interest in clinical assessment. He is currently Head of Assessment & Credentialing at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) where he leads on the development and assessment of national curricula and standards for registered pharmacists across the UK.

    He has considerable experience of implementing modern, evidence-based approaches to assessment design, governance, and quality assurance and has presented on these areas at international clinical education conferences.

    Joseph also has a particular interest in incorporating principles of equality, diversity and inclusion into post-graduate curricula and assessment design.

    Previously, Joseph has held senior education roles across a number of royal colleges and professional leadership bodies where he has led on the strategic development a delivery of national standards and large-scale international assessment programmes.

    Having started his career in school-level education, Joseph continues to work as a senior GCSE examiner and moderator for a large national examinations body as well as acting as the Chair of Standards and Vice Chair of Governors at a secondary school in Tower Hamlets.

  • Suzanne is an educational assessment specialist and has over 20 years’ experience of designing, delivering and quality assuring high stakes assessments in different educational settings. She has worked with national qualifications (GCSE and A-level), and assessments for medical school students, NHS clinical scientists, and doctors and dentists who qualified overseas and wish to practise in the UK. She has acted as an external examiner, independent reviewer, and psychometrician for national and international licensing assessments, and for a number of medical royal colleges, and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She is currently working for the General Medical Council as Head of Assessment & Liaison for the medical licensing assessment that is being introduced for all UK medical students from 2024.

    Suzanne was awarded an Honorary professorship by the Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham, in 2017, for her work in setting up a research collaboration with Health Education England and the supervision of research students.

  • Neil spent over 20 years at Procter & Gamble one of the world’s most innovative companies. At P&G he led the development and commercialisation of new technologies that underpinned the business success of many well known consumer brands and at global scale. Holding a number of senior R&D and Regulatory roles Neil held direct responsibilities for several global teams. He has lived in Germany, Belgium and UK.

    Neil then moved into the professional body sector first to oversee significant growth of the international membership of IChemE underpinned by a strengthened portfolio of professional qualifications, educational initiatives and corporate partnerships. Most recently, as Chief Executive, Neil ran the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers as it successfully pivoted to support the Net Zero decarbonisation agenda.

    Neil is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment. He is widely respected across the international engineering profession.

  • Lynne has over 25 years’ experience of professional regulation, higher education, quality assurance and enhancement across educational disciplines and in legal professional and academic education.  She has successfully led strategic developments and transformational change projects in her senior executive roles in university education and has significant experience as a member and chair of a number of charitable boards in the sphere of education, apprenticeships and training.  On behalf of universities and professional bodies Lynne has been involved in reviewing quality of higher education in more than 30 international institutions and at many UK universities and colleges.  She has participated in national working groups to review and enhance education and policy.  As a qualified solicitor, she has a keen professional and personal interest in education law, equality diversity and inclusion and in social issues around widening participation, social mobility and access to justice. 

Dispute Resolution Appointments Board

RICS’ Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) is the division of RICS responsible for providing conflict avoidance and resolution services throughout the world with focus on the built environment sector. DRS is overseen by the Dispute Resolution Appointments Board which reports to the Standards and Regulation Board.

Led by an independent Chair, the Dispute Resolution Appointments Board plays a part in RICS’ global strategy for alternative dispute resolution by contributing to the maintenance and improvement of overall standards of dispute resolution services delivered by RICS and representing the best interests of RICS as a whole. 

The Board has a global remit and is tasked with:

  • Defining and maintaining the criteria for inclusion on, and exclusion from, DRS panels of dispute resolvers globally.
  • Ensuring appointments of dispute resolvers made by and/or on behalf of RICS are made efficiently and to agreed performance standards.
  • Ensuring that such dispute resolvers perform to measurable expectations.
  • Monitoring complaints against the service or those appointed; and that the DRS complaints procedures are applied efficiently and appropriately.
  • Ensuring that all activities DRS and the members of its panels undertake are in line with SRB terms of reference, the RICS brand and comply with RICS’ global approach to the development, creation and use of professional standards and guidance, together with ethical standards and panel membership entry competencies.

Chair: Theresa Mohammed

Theresa specialises in contentious construction and joined Trowers & Hamlins in June 2010 from a boutique construction law practice. Theresa was promoted to Partner in 2015.   

She has extensive experience of acting for Employers and Main Contractors, making High Court applications and the Enforcement of Adjudicators’ decisions in the Technology and Construction Court. She is familiar with both standard and bespoke forms of construction contracts. Theresa also has experience of running High Court trials, instructing experts on technical engineering matters, resolving construction disputes through mediation and drafting settlement agreements, claims, defences and adjudication submissions. Theresa has been advising clients on a variety of high value and complex matters concerning fire safety and the implications of the new legislation and is heavily involved in the firm-wide Building a Safer Future initiative. 

Theresa has also acted for clients in domestic and international arbitrations and frequently works with international clients in contentious proceedings. Theresa has recently acted in Court of Appeal proceedings for an international client and has made applications to the Supreme Court. She is a regular speaker at London Build and for the RICS CPD training programme and is a contributor to Building Magazine, Construction Law and Construction Manager. 

Theresa is the Chair of the National Association of Women in Construction, is on the Board of Women in Social Housing, is a member of the Adjudication Society Committee and was awarded Best Woman in Construction Law at the European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards 2017. Theresa was a finalist for the Litigator of the Year and Woman of the Year in the Women in Law Awards 2020. 

Theresa is the co-head of Diversity and Inclusion at Trowers and was recently appointed to act as the chair of the RICS Dispute Resolution Appointments Board. 

Dispute Resolution Appointments Board Members

  • Marie has served on the Dispute Resolution Appointments Board of the RICS since 2017 following her retirement from the President’s Panel of Arbitrators and Independent Experts. Her entire surveying career, since initially qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1984 (following service in the WRAF and obtaining a degree in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge) has been centred around Dispute Resolution.

    As a Fellow of the RICS Marie has acted extensively as an Expert Witness and, as a member of the President’s Panel for many years, she was appointed on a regular basis as an Arbitrator and Independent Expert in the specialist field of rent reviews and lease renewals in the Retail Warehouse sector of the market. As a Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator in the CIArb, she was appointed as a Trustee on Council for 4 years and was a member of its Professional Committee.

    In addition to these appointments she was involved for many years on various committees and panels involved with the ongoing training, development, assessment and re-assessment of arbitrators and independent Experts for both RICS and CIArb. In particular Marie was a member of the RICS Diploma in Arbitration working party, and acted as a Moderator and Marker for the RICS Diploma in Arbitration. She was a member of the RICS Working Group set up to review the way in which new and existing arbitrators and independent experts are assessed and frequently acted as Chairman of Panels for the assessment and re-assessment of arbitrators and independent Experts.

  • Richard Hawkins FRICS FCIArb is a semi-retired Chartered Quantity Surveyor who was formerly a director of an international construction consultancy specialising in the avoidance, management and resolution of disputes and who acted variously as arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator. He practices now on his own account, advising clients on ADR generally and on dispute avoidance in particular.

  • Hanna is a Partner of Archor LLP, a boutique construction law firm. Hanna specialises in all construction and engineering matters, with her main focus on dispute resolution. Hanna is experienced in both bringing and defending claims for a wide range of clients including employers, main contractors, sub-contractors and consultants. She is regularly instructed to advise on disputes affecting businesses operating in the construction industry, including extensions of time, loss and expense, variations, defects, interim payments, final payments and the recovery of retention monies. Hanna’s experience extends further than court proceedings and includes other means of resolving disputes such as mediation, arbitration and, most commonly, adjudication. She is also well versed in enforcing adjudication decisions in the Technology and Construction Court.

    In addition to her involvement with contentious issues, Hanna also prepares, advises upon and negotiates various construction documents including building contracts, appointments, novations, warranties and escrow arrangements. She also provides training sessions to clients on topics such as payment mechanisms, typical amendments to standard form contracts and case law updates.

    Hanna is a member of The Society of Construction Law (SCL) as well as a co-ordinator for SCL events in the Eastern region.

    Hanna was appointed to the RICS Dispute Resolution Appointments Board in May 2017.