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Pringle plans overhaul of presidential process

RIBA president Jack Pringle is calling for a reform the presidential process in a bid to give future incumbents more time unchallenged at the top of the institute.

Pringle wants to cut back the period that a newly elected president holds the title of president-elect before taking over at Portland Place.

He told the AJ that this could be cut from the current 12 months to a period of less than half that.

He implied that having a president-elect for half of the two-year term can, to some extent, undermine the effectiveness of a presidency.

'Obviously this will have to be agreed,' he said. 'But I think it's a good idea to make these changes.

'For example, I'm not sure that George Ferguson [the president before Pringle] enjoyed having me waiting in the wings for a year.

'I think it could easily be reined in to a two- or three-month period,' Pringle added.

by Ed Dorrell

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