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Entry and Assessment Steering Group

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.

  • David Hourihan
    David Hourihan

    David qualified as a chartered surveyor in Dublin, Ireland in 1994.  In 2002 he relocated from Dublin to London to broaden his industry experience.  He has over fifteen years of industry experience in office agency, shopping centre asset management and commercial property valuations in both Ireland and the United Kingdom.  During this time, he worked with several leading real estate firms such as JLL and Colliers International and other firms which have since been subsumed into international firms such as CBRE and Deloitte. 

    In 2011 David became a full-time academic at the University College of Estate Management (UCEM) specialising in property investment, valuation, property asset management and property agency in the commercial property sector. He is the programme leader for the MSc Real Estate.  He is a knowledge expert at UCEM on the subject of ‘Ethics’ and a member of the institution’s EDI and apprenticeships working groups.  UCEM is the leading provider of supported online education for the built environment.

    He is an APC assessor/chair for both the RICS and SCSI (Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland) and a member of the ‘Education and CPD’ standing committee at the SCSI.

    In 2022 David was elected to the ‘Academia and Education’ seat on the RICS Governing Council.  On being elected he pledged to focus on promoting ethical standards in industry, encourage greater inter-disciplinary engagement between disciplines and their representative bodies and to promote policies that will attract the most talented people to our industry.

  • 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.

  • Paul is a former 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.