Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Sean Tompkins supports our Governing Council in defining its strategic priorities and goals and is accountable to the Management Board for the global performance of RICS.

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Sean has been CEO of RICS since 1st September 2010.  We're the world’s largest professional body covering land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. We operate out of 30 offices around the world and today over 100,000 people hold its professional qualifications. Sean has transformed RICS from a traditional, trusted UK mark of professionalism built on high standards and ethics to one of international recognition, influence and thought leadership.  From Governments to Financial Institutions, RICS’ standards, qualifications and thought leadership are respected and recognised.

As well as advancing our strategy and goals, Sean is also a passionate champion for greater diversity and inclusion within the profession.

As a responsible organisation, we've sought to advance thought leadership in real estate and the wider built environment. Sean recently presented RICS’ work at both the United Nations in support of its Sustainable Development Goals and at the Paris Climate Summit (COP21).

Prior to becoming CEO, Sean was Chief Operating Officer of RICS, leading a sustained programme of change which resulted in the organisation becoming financially stable and capable of future investment, as well as global in its operational reach.

Before joining RICS, Sean was a Director at Prudential Group, where he headed up the company’s retail and corporate marketing strategy, including its digital propositions. He was also a leading media spokesman as well as having responsibility for shareholder briefings. Sean was also part of Prudential’s team which led a number of mergers and acquisitions.

Sean holds external appointments. He is a Board Director of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors and an Independent non-executive director of Broadland St Benedict’s Ltd. He has also recently been asked to advise on the UK Government’s Export Strategy for built environment professional services. He has previously advised the Chairman and Trustees of the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) on strategy and governance and supported the UK Prime Minister on trade opportunities with Brazil post the London 2012 Olympics.

Sean is a Fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing, a business leader of the Marketing Society, a Chartered Insurer, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a diploma holder of the Institute of Directors. He holds two Honorary Doctorates. An Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Heriot Watt University “in recognition of his leadership and exceptional and influential contribution to the advancement of surveying standards internationally” and an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from Amity University for “vision, deep commitment to standards and professionalism and inspirational leadership of RICS towards continuous growth dedicated to the good of humanity”.

Honorary Doctorate in Engineering

Honorary Doctorate awarded in recognition of leadership and influential contribution to the advancement of professional standards in the Built Environment internationally.

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