The UK and Ireland World Regional Board comprises the Chair, non-executive board members and executive staff. It develops and leads a strategy for the UK and Ireland in collaboration with six other world regions, and chairs of national and regional boards in the UK and Ireland.


Professor Fiona Grant FRICS
Professor and Director of Academic Quality at Heriot Watt University, School of Energy Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society. Elected member of RICS Governing Council

Non-executive board members

Louise Archer FRICS

Executive Property Director, Broadland Housing Group

Rebecca Best FRICS

Partner, Rider Levett Bucknall

Mark Cowlard FRICS

Partner, Managing Director Buildings, Arcadis UK

Ian Fergusson FRICS

Director/ Principal, Shepherd Chartered Surveyors

David Gavaghan FRICS

Principal, Aurora Prime Real Estate, Northern Ireland

David Gill FRICS
Managing Director at David Gill Associates
Michael Hannaway MRICS
Director of Boundary Cadastral Surveyor Hannaway & Hannaway

Glyn Jones
Chartered Surveyor, Estates Project Manager at Scottish & Southern Energy Ltd (SSE Ltd)

Rory Murphy FRICS
Commerical Director, Vinci Facilities

Executive board members

Aine Myler
Director General, Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland

Matthew Howell
Regional Managing Director UK and Ireland

Oliver Woodhead
Commercial Director


The main responsibilities of the UK & Ireland World Regional Board are:

  • Contribute to the ongoing development of RICS’ corporate strategy through the provision of regular market intelligence and insight from the perspective of the region
  • Develop and maintain oversight of the UK strategy and its implementation
  • Develop and support national or other geographically based RICS groups; to build knowledge and awareness across the membership.
  • Approve the terms of reference of any groups it establishes or oversees
  • Ensure that all activities undertaken are in line with RICS brand and comply with RICS' global approach to the development, creation and use of professional standards and guidance, together with ethical standards and membership entry competencies
  • Encourage innovation and ideas in support of the growth of RICS across UK Markets

Each Board member is expected personally to contribute:

  • Actively participate in the strategic contribution of the Board.
  • Provide market insight and constructive challenge to items brought to the Board
  • Anticipate future industry and professional trends and contribute to the UK region’s strategy
  • Represent the best interests of RICS as a whole and not the interests of any particular sub group or professional group.
  • Actively support the planned growth of membership and RICS profile in the region
  • Have an understanding of balancing the needs of different stakeholder groups within the region
  • Champion the transition to a more business-focused organisation
  • Maintain a strong connection with the issues and expectations of UK members by engaging in discussion and debate through all channels

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