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Chair apparent

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Little attention has been given to the impending appointment of Tessa Blackstone as chair of the RIBA's new charitable body, to be known as the RIBA Trust (after concern that calling it a foundation would be confusing in respect of the Architecture Foundation).The former culture minister's position will be formally approved by the RIBA Council shortly, thus ending a protracted search for the right sort of leader for the inaugural period of the trust. She will be involved with the appointment of the director (the institute's communications chief Roula Konzotis is currently acting director), and in taking stock over relations between the various bodies who will be affected by the trust, most obviously the institute itself, but also the V&A and the British Architectural Library Trust.The main thing is that the show is now very much on the road.

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