Architects break cover with RIAS transparency, pay and accountability demands
November 10 2017
A New Chapter is a group of disaffected RIAS members and architects concerned at a perceived ‘lack of effectiveness, poor governance and insufficient financial accountability’ shown by the professional body amidst criticism that repeated questions have gone unanswered.
These centre on a RIAS invitation for external consultants to conduct enquiries into staff salaries, governance and ‘probity’ - the findings of which remain confidential, prompting some members to question the ‘increasingly secretive and autocratic’ leadership of the body.
In an open letter addressed to RIAS president Stewart Henderson the group wrote: “We are not daft. Why would anyone instruct expensive consultants to carry out a Probity Review if there had not been grounds for concern? If the RIAS had been given a clean bill of health as the president implied in the current edition of the RIAS Quarterly, why the big secret? Following a year when the RIAS appears to have had a significant over-spend, and had to pass a cap around asking practices to make significant one-off donations, are we to think that a review of staff pay and benefits is just a coincidence?
“There is now growing concern that these reviews have uncovered serious failures of governance and serious financial mismanagement; and that, faced with this, the small, self-perpetuating, male fiefdom that controls the organisation, appears to be acting to protect itself from the results of its failings.”
In response the group are demanding sight of all three reviews together with a full breakdown of senior employee pay and the methodologies used to set remuneration rates.
A New Chapter Members and Fellows:
Mary Arnold Foster
Lauren Li Porter
Professor Christopher Platt
Architects and others – retired, non-members, interested and concerned:
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