The boards and committee that govern and administer our regulatory strategy and disciplinary actions are independently led and have global expertise
The Regulatory Board and the regional sub-boards are responsible defining the profession’s regulatory strategy and policies, oversees operational delivery and ensures that our approach to regulation serves the public interest. The board and its sub-boards are independently-chaired with independent members and RICS professionals from around the world. This approach combines robust global oversight with professional expertise.
The RICS Conduct and Appeal Committee consists of a Chair, lay members and RICS professionals. All of the panels involved in our disciplinary procedures are drawn from members of the committee. The committee is independent from RICS and the regulatory department. It provides the profession with an effective, fair and independent judicial body.
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).
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, 10 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, and remains, the first Chairman of the Central Arbitration Committee (the Industrial Court), established in 2000, appointing every panel: he introduced the practices, procedures and guidelines under which the Central Arbitration Committee has operated, and he reports annually to Parliament on its behalf.
He has been since 2013 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 has acted as Commercial Arbitrator and as Mediator. He was appointed a Judge of 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.
Chris Pittman is a Quantity Surveyor with more than 35 years experience in the field. He has held senior managerial positions in both the private and public sectors. He has been principal of his own firm since 2014 and now combines his professional work with academic work for both the University College of Estate Management and the University of Westminster.
Helen is a chartered surveyor who has worked in the commercial property industry for over 25 years. She was a Partner at Weatherall Green and Smith and latterly a Senior Director at BNP Paribas Real Estate with responsibility for senior relationships with multinational corporate clients. This included managing national and international teams to provide services on large complex portfolios. This covered a broad range of surveying disciplines. She sits as a lay member on several regulatory committees including with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). Other roles have included being vice-chair of governors at a community primary school, chair/director of a London-based Social Enterprise and a trustee for a small charity.
Ian is a Chartered Surveyor specialising in the built environment. He initially trained as a Senior Engineer and was finally employed as a Construction Manager with John Laing Construction Ltd. Since 1978 and to date he has been the principal in a multi disciplined private practice in Rochdale, primarily operating in building design, specification, and contract administration.
Joshua Askew is a valuer in JLL’s UK National retail valuation team situated in JLL’s London office (Warwick Street). He is also responsible for Compliance and Risk Management related issues within JLL’s Valuation Business. Joshua runs a 10 week, 10 lecture APC Valuation Boot Camp programme within JLL for candidates soon to sit their APC interviews. Joshua is a Fellow of the RICS (FRICS), an RICS Registered Valuer, a licensed Pfandbrief MLV valuer (CIS HypZert (MLV)) and a Recognised European Valuer (REV) with 10 years of post-qualification experience primarily in the valuation of international mixed-use schemes (in Russia and the CIS, where he was located for 6 years). Joshua has appeared twice at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); giving expert evidence on the Goodzone shopping centre in Moscow and on the iconic Hotel Moskva mixed-use redevelopment on Red Square.
Justin Mason is a residential valuer and surveyor with over decade of experience as a partner in the Residential Valuation and Consultancy Department of Knight Frank LLP, specialising in the valuation of prime and super-prime property for loan security, litigation and tax purposes. An expert witness, Justin is a founder member of the firm’s cross-divisional Litigation Forum, has experience of cross-examination at High Court level, is a Member of the Academy of Experts and is a vetting partner with responsibility for compliance and risk mitigation. Prior to joining Knight Frank in 2007, Justin qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1997 and, after an initial career in commercial property and telecommunications, worked for five years in prime Central London, Docklands and the outer suburbs to the north and east, managing a team of surveyors and undertaking valuation and survey work throughout the Capital.
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 which includes a Non-Executive Board Member role at the Office of the Public Guardian and Registration Advisory Committee member at the General Optical Council.
Angela has a scientific background and over 20 years’ experience working for a local authority and a range of NHS Trusts across the North East and Yorkshire, covering learning disabilities, community and mental health and ambulance services. Her involvement in clinical negligence and patient safety led her to become a trustee of Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) in 2012, and she is now Treasurer and chairs their Finance and Investment Committee. She is a Lay Panel Member of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Professional Conduct Panel, a Lay Member of the Registration, Conduct and Fitness to Practise Committees of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), and a Lay Panel Member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She is also a lay school appeals panellist for Newcastle and does occasional work for the College of Policing as an external assessor for senior appointments.
Catherine was called to the bar in 1999 and practised as a barrister at Kings Chambers, Manchester for 14 years, specialising in the fields of personal injury, industrial disease and clinical negligence. She was appointed to the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Civil Counsel and practised in the civil and coroners' courts as well as the tribunal system. Following a career change in 2014, she has built up a successful career as a freelance trainer, working in the public and private sectors to demystify the legal process for non-lawyers.
Carolyn is a former Solicitor (now non-practising). For the past six years she has worked mainly in professional regulation. She sits as a panel chair for the Health & Care Professions Council and the Council for Licensed Conveyancers, as well as for RICS, and as a lay panel member for the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Pharmaceutical Council. Previous roles have included Financial Ombudsman and Patient Advocate for the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service. She also sits as a magistrate.
Gillian initially studied as a dietitian, has an MSc in Public Health Nutrition and worked in the UK and Africa. Following the Bar examinations, she has held a number of senior management positions within regulation. She led the Investigations and Intelligence, Casework Investigations and Operations and the Practice Standards departments for the Solicitors Regulation Authority. She was subsequently employed by the Bar Standards Board and the Independent Police Complaints Commission. She is currently a case examiner, lay panel member, disciplinary assessor and a magistrate (criminal and family).
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 Member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's Fitness-to-Practise Committee, is a volunteer facilitator for the Windsor Leadership Trust charity, and is involved in local politics in London.
Imran Benson is a practising barrister at Hailsham Chambers. He specialises in civil claims involving professionals and has much experience of dealing with property professionals as both parties and witnesses. For some years he has sat on the Middle Temple Estates Committee, which is charged with running and developing a mid-size Central London property estate and therefore he also has good knowledge of landlord and property management issues. He is involved in a number of other professional committees and lives in South West London.
John became an official with the General Teaching Council for Scotland in 2002 and retired as Head of Fitness to Teach in 2012. A former secondary music teacher and trade union official, he was also the Chair of the City of Edinburgh Children’s Panel 2000 – 2006. John was an Independent Assessor to the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland (2002–2008), and also served on the Education Honours Committee (2005 - 2010). He is currently a member of the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal and Disciplinary Committee of the Faculty of Advocates (Scottish Bar), CIMA, CIPD, CILEX, Church of Scotland and Scottish Football Association. John is also organist of a church in Edinburgh.
Jonathan is the Director for London for the Independent Office for Police Conduct (formerly the Independent Police Complaints Commission). He joined the IOPC in January 2018 from the General Dental Council where he was Executive Director of Fitness to Practise. At the GDC, Jonathan played a key role in work to reform dental regulation to make it better for patients and fairer for professionals. He was a member of the Executive Management Team for three years, overseeing a very challenging improvement programme in fitness to practise investigations. During his tenure, the GDC’s performance against regulatory standards has seen very significant improvement. A qualified regulatory lawyer, Jonathan has also worked at the Royal College of Nursing, where he represented over 200 nurses and healthcare assistants in regulatory cases, and was involved in the Mid Staffs Inquiry led by Sir Robert Francis. As Senior Legal Manager, he helped lead the modernisation of the in-house legal services team at the College. Jonathan is also a member of the Institute of Directors and the British Film Institute.
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 full-time career with two years as Chief Executive of the Legal Ombudsman. He now has a variety of interests including criminal justice advisory work and leadership training. He is a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Coventry and Warwickshire.
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. Currently, Patrick is a Director of Bournemouth and Poole Citizens Advice, a Lay Member of the Investigations Panel of the Architects Registration Board and a Lay Member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Richard Bayly is a former senior police officer with considerable experience in strategic leadership and change management through a range of operational and organisational roles. Richard is a Trustee for the Albert Kennedy Trust, a national charity supporting LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or who are living in a hostile environment. Richard undertakes regulatory roles for a number of organisations and was appointed to the RICS Conduct and Appeals Committee in November 2017.
Ron Barclay-Smith served in the Royal Air Force Regiment for 20 years until he left 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 a non-executive director of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
Rosalyn Hayles is the Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Chiropractic Council. Having qualified as a solicitor originally, Rosalyn has worked in the regulatory field for several years, principally in senior roles overseeing the investigation and adjudication of disciplinary (fitness to practise) cases within various statutory regulators. Prior to joining the GCC Rosalyn worked for nearly six years as the Director of Scrutiny & Quality at the oversight body for the regulation of health and care professionals, the Professional Standards Authority.
Ruth Brutnall is a qualified Company Secretary. Starting her career in professional practice, she has more recently worked with a range of public bodies including the National Audit Office and the NHS, advising on governance arrangements and ensuring that decision making processes are legal and robust.
Sally is a qualified mediator. She worked as a civil litigation solicitor for a number of years, but is now non-practising. Since 2005, she has been involved in regulatory work in various fields, including chairing fitness to practise hearings for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and lay membership of the Audit Registration Committee for the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales. As well as working as a mediator, commercially and in the field of Special Educational Needs, Sally is currently a lay chair for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (disciplinary, membership and complaints hearings) and a Court of Protection Visitor for the Office of the Public Guardian.
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.