RIBA names CAOKS President, Alan Vallance as new Chief Executive.

Alan Vallance has been appointed chief executive of the RIBA following stratospheric rise through the institute. He arrived at Portland Place a year ago as interim finance and operations director and became interim chief executive in February when Harry Rich, a controversial figure, resigned.

Vallance has a background in finance, consulting, strategic planning and general management in Europe and Australasia.

Before joining the RIBA in September 2015 he spent three years as chief operating officer at the Law Society. Between 2009 and 2011 he was chief operating officer of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the national weather agency. As part of his responsibilities, he spent time at the United Nations in Geneva participating in and leading Australian delegations at the World Meteorological Organisation. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He studied economics at the University of York.

Rich resigned without a job to go to after a tricky period for the institute. Ben Derbyshire, now president elect of the institute, issued a statement at the time arguing it was time for architects to take control of the institute.

The RIBA began a competitive recruitment process for its new chief executive earlier this year.

RIBA president Jane Duncan said: “We had a large and strong field of applicants and the interview panel were unanimous in concluding that Alan is the right person to lead the RIBA as we deliver our five-year strategy.

“As interim chief executive since February this year, Alan has demonstrated his energy, drive and commitment to strengthening the RIBA’s voice and impact as a global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture.”

Alan Vallance said: “Architects are creative, visionary and collaborative professionals who ensure that our built environment serves and strengthens communities now and in the future. It is a privilege to have been appointed to the role of chief executive of the RIBA. I look forward to working with the Board and Council, the staff team and members in the UK and globally to deliver the RIBA’s five-year strategic plan and to further strengthen the RIBA’s offer to current and future members.”