RICSChief Executive Officer
Sean has been Chief Executive of RICS since 1st September 2010. RICS is the world’s largest professional body covering land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. RICS operates 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 RICS’ strategy and goals, Sean is also a passionate champion for greater diversity and inclusion within the profession. As a responsible organisation, RICS has 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 awarded in recognition of leadership and influential contribution to the advancement of professional standards in the Built Environment internationally.
Sean Tompkins, 25 Jan 2017
Our Annual and Regulatory Review for the 2015-16 business year provides an overall picture of the performance of our professional body from standards development and thought leadership, to our work to gain adoption of our standards and how they are being enforced.
Sean Tompkins, 13 Nov 2015
In just a few weeks 196 governments will meet in Paris to negotiate an international treaty to combat the effects of climate change.
Sean Tompkins, 21 Apr 2015
We need to support employers in attracting and retaining a more diverse talent pool to run the businesses of the future.
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