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UK Board strengthened with new appointments

The start of 2020 has seen a strengthening of the RICS UK Board, with the appointments of both Anthea Harries and Anthony Walker.

Anthea Harries is a Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years’ experience in Asset Management across Central London and has worked for a number of property businesses as well as with the Crown Estate where she managed the St James’ portfolio.  Anthea is currently Head of Assets (King’s Cross) for Argent where she leads the asset team responsible for the King’s Cross – a 67 acre, 8 million square feet, mixed use regeneration project.

Anthony Walker is a fellow of the RICS and Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland (SCSI), having worked in the Built Environment sector for over 30 years. He has worked for both large organizations and SMEs, holding senior positions in the public and private sectors, as a commissioned officer in the armed forces, and as a senior civil servant in the Department for Education where he led the Property Data Survey Programme. He is currently CEO of GoReport.

Welcoming the appointments, UK Board Chair Simon Prichard said: “I’m delighted to welcome Anthea and Anthony onto the Board. They bring with them a wealth of experience and enthusiasm and will offer a fresh perspective on how we ensure the profession continues to grow, diversify and be a success. I’m particularly keen on seeing how they can help us inspire the next generation into this wonderful profession, ensuring we attract the brightest and the best from all walks of life.”

UK MD Matthew Howell said: “This is a hugely exciting time for the RICS as we help drive the influence and reputation of the profession across the UK to deliver positive social impact, tackle the climate crisis and to grow and diversify. 2020 is shaping up to be a memorable year as we put sustainability at the forefront of our work through the Value The Planet campaign, recognise the best of the profession through the brand new RICS Social Impact Awards and embed our standards ever more widely.”

The Board is made up of senior members and is RICS’ highest leadership group overseeing the profession in the UK and Ireland. RICS is the world’s largest professional body for professionals in the built and natural environment, and the UK & Ireland Board plays a crucial role in RICS’ modernised governance structure, supporting the global Governing Council and Management Board by providing market insight and assisting in strategy development.

“I am delighted to join the board and help shape and implement the business plan for the Institution. I am particularly passionate about diversity, inclusion and the importance of growing and evolving across our profession for future generations”, Anthea Harries said.

Anthony Walker added: “I have been proud to play an active contribution within the RICS over many years. My appointment to the Board elevates my engagement to the RICS’ highest leadership group, overseeing the profession in the UK and Ireland, working alongside the very talented existing board members. It is an exciting time to join the board, with a number of challenges such as the environment, the future of the profession and the adoption of technology to name a few. The RICS has a vital role in supporting surveyors to make sure they have the right skills and experience to maximize the value they provide”.

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