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Wrenn flies north in top job swap

The current director of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales is to take over Scotland's leading architectural body.

Mary Wrenn has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

The decision was approved at the RIAS' annual general meeting last week. Wrenn has been in her position in Wales since 1993, and succeeds Sebastian Tombs in the Scottish job.

Speaking shortly after the announcement, Wrenn said: 'It's a great honour to be given this opportunity to take forward the significant achievements of the RIAS at such an exciting moment in its history.

'Sebastian Tombs is leaving behind a tremendous legacy of achievement - and a steep learning curve for me. I am very much looking forward to living and working in Scotland.' Gordon Murray, the outgoing RIAS president, said: 'After a fruitful 10 years with Sebastian Tombs at the helm, the search for a new chief executive has provided an opportunity to not only enhance some of the initiatives under way, but also to change emphasis in approach.

'It is important that we broaden our membership base, particularly among younger architects. In addition, we must reinforce our working relationships with complementary organisations, ' he added.

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