RIBA appoints new CEO

Valerie Vaughan-Dick

The Royal Institute for British Architects has appointed Valerie Vaughan-Dick as its new CEO from January 2023.

Vaughan-Dick (pictured), currently the chief operating officer at the Royal College of General Practitioners, will take forward the RIBA’s Biennial Action Plan 2022-23. Speaking about her appointment she said: “I am delighted to be joining RIBA at such an exciting time in its development and to being part of the transition to an even more effective business, where sustainability is top of the agenda.” 

Vaughan-Dick has previously held senior leadership roles at the Ministry of Justice, the Department for Transport and the National Audit Office. RIBA Board Chair Jack Pringle welcomed the appointment citing Vaughan-Dick’s “track record in financial transformation and experience in forming international and professional partnerships”.

Vaughan-Dick will take over the role from Adrian Dobson and Pamela Harding, who have been interim CEOs at RIBA since former CEO Alan Vallance left the institution in July to take up a role at the Chartered Insurance Institute.

The institution recently appointed architect Muyiwa Oki as its new president. Oki, who took up the role on 1 September, is RIBA’s first black president and its youngest.

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