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Fears over RIBA Trust staff's future quelled

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A month after abolishing the RIBA Trust, the institute has announced that a number of Trust staff will retain their jobs as part of restructuring plans revealed to the AJ

British Architectural Library director Irena Murray, deputy RIBA Trust director Tim Hollins and RIBA head of awards Tony Chapman will all keep their positions.

Several Trust jobs were left hanging in the balance at the start of this year following the institute’s decision to dissolve the independent board which governed the arts organisation.

RIBA Trust director Charles Knevitt was made redundant while RIBA Trust chair Stephen Phillips said he was ‘very concerned’ over workers’ morale.

Despite Knevitt’s redundancy the RIBA has revealed recruitment plans for a new Group Director of Marketing & Outreach. The role will give ‘strategic direction and leadership’ to the RIBA library, collections, exhibitions and awards.

Murray was due to retire this year, but will now continue to lead the library with the support of the reading room’s deputy director Wendy Fish.

Harry Rich, RIBA chief executive, said: ‘The RIBA is committed to change in order to improve, enrich and expand our public engagement and our cultural offering and has a very full programme of work for 2011 for the library and collections, awards and programming.

‘I have no doubt that under the leadership of our dedicated staff and members we will deliver all we have promised and honour our unwavering commitment to meeting the needs of members and the public – in relation to culture and across the range of our work.’

The RIBA board has appointed a new group to look into what kind of committee structure will replace the trust’s abolished independent board. The group’s recommendations will be revealed later this year at the RIBA Council’s spring meeting.

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