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Martin Samworth FRICS appointed to RICS’ post-scandal board

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has appointed Martin Samworth FRICS to chair the new RICS Board.

The Board is a key recommendation from this year’s Bichard RICS Review. It will be a majority-member board overseeing day to day operations at RICS, delivering and executing on the strategic plan on behalf of Governing Council.

The new structure also sees parity for the new RICS Board with the Standards and Regulation Board with both accountable to Governing Council, but with a clear separation of RICS’ regulatory functions and its membership work.

A roadmap from the review can be found here.


Samworth has experience in real estate and the built environment spanning close to 40 years, working in the UK and in broad international roles, leading cultural change and successful business transformations.

He has worked at the highest levels across all real estate sectors with developers, investors and occupiers and has experience in valuations, property management, facilities management and construction.

Samworth says: “RICS is a broadly based Institution that must be forward thinking with a clear identity and an authoritative voice. It should be bold and passionate, ambitious and challenging, and must speak out positively to influence the issues that matter.


“As a strong advocate for change and evolution I believe passionately that this role has the potential to make a significant difference and positive impact on both the profession and its standing in both the built environment and the wider business world.

Harriet Kemp, chair of the appointments panel and co-chair of the Nomination and Renumeration Committee, adds: “We are confident that Martin will seize this opportunity to push forward and lead from the front on the issues that matter – such as climate change and sustainability, data and tech, diversity and inclusion and the future skills needed.”


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