The Administrative Appeals Panel shall be responsible for considering and making a final determination on behalf of Governing Council of an appeal by any person (except staff when acting in that capacity) concerning an administrative decision taken by:

the Chief Executive or any person acting under his delegated authority; or any person or Governance Body acting on behalf of RICS, where Regulations make no other provision for determination.

Meet the the Administrative Appeals Panel

The Administrative Appeals Panel consists of a Chair, four RICS members and two independent non-executive (lay) members.


  • Marna van der Walt FRICS

RICS members

  • Stuart Geoffrey Carvell FRICS, PgC
  • Siow Leng Chua FRICS
  • Joy Lisa Groves BSc (Hons) FRICS
  • Wolfgang Speckhahn MRICS

Independent non-executive (lay) members

  • Richard Davies
  • Cindy Leslie

Procedures for considering appeals

Where the Regulations make no other provision for determination., the Administrative Appeals Panel is responsible for considering and making the final determination on behalf of Governing Council of an appeal by:

  • Any person (except RICS staff when acting in that capacity) concerning an administrative decisions taken by the Chief Executive (or any person acting under his delegated authority); or
  • Any person or Governance body acting on behalf of RICS

Subsidiary purpose:

Using its experience of determining appeals, to offer feedback to relevant parts of RICS in connection with the forms, guidance and processes used in the types of cases it has determined.


  1. After the Member puts a case for consideration to the RICS, he or she will receive written communication from delegated staff of the Chief Executive giving a decision on the case and setting out the reasons for it. The written communication will explain that the Member has 28 days from the date of the written communication in which to appeal.
  2. The Member will be directed to the Administrative Appeals online form to submit their appeal. Should the Member wish to download the Administrative Appeals Form, together with a guidance note including information about the timetable for the process which will need to be submitted to the Secretary of the Administrative Appeals Panel.
  3. Once the Secretary of the Administrtive Appeals Panel has received the Member's appeal within the 28 days from the written communication, the original decision maker has an opportunity to respond in writing, and the appellant has a right of reply upon the RICS Submission before it is considered by the Administrative Appeals Panel.
  4. Most appeals will be considered and determined by a panel based on the papers. However, panels have discretion to permit attendance of the appellant and the original decision maker. Such attendance may be in person or by telephone. The Panel conducts its hearings in private. Appellants will be given at least 3 weeks notice of the date of the next meeting of the Panel.
  5. Determinations of panels are sent to the parties in writing normally within 14 working days. Generally, the Panel will include reasons for its determination.
  6. The Panel's determinations are final.
  7. The Panel meets not less than 4 times per annum, generally at or in the vicinity of RICS HQ.

Other Factors

  • Generally, panels comprise of three or more members, and always include at least one independent member (non RICS member).
  • Panels act independently, fairly and impartially and decide any factual issues on the balance of probability. No member of the Panel shall have been involved previously in the decision being appealed.
  • If Panel members have a personal connection with either the appellant or the original decision maker, they should inform the Chair, who will decide whether the member should take part in the Panel.
  • Panel members are appointed by RICS Governing Council, on the recommendations of either the Nominations Committee for RICS Members or the Independent Appointments Selection Board for Non RICS members.
  • The Administrative Appeals Panel may form subsidiary panels to consider and determine particular appeals as it considers appropriate.