The RIBA's new management board is to meet for the first time next week. Set up by chief executive Richard Hastilow, who celebrates one year in office this week, the board has been conceived as a way of streamlining decision making at the institute.
The 14-member board is still only 12-strong, but Hastilow expects to make appointments by the end of the year. The two vacant places have been reserved for lay members, described by Hastilow as 'people with a different perspective' from the rest of the board. 'They would need to have an interest in architecture in order to give up their time and come to help us achieve our purpose, ' said Hastilow, who is looking to draw board-level people from construction, law, business or the media.
The issue of appointments to the board stirred up controversy in July when architect Nathan Silver's application failed to be ratified by the council (AJ 26.7.01).
The board, which meets next Wednesday, is due to discuss the financial position of the institute and membership issues - although the RIBA's strained relationship with the RIAS will not be up for discussion because further talks are needed to resolve outstanding issues.
Hastilow said his first year at the RIBA had been a time of 'great change', but further change was yet to come: 'We're pretty complex for a small organisation and I've set out to be a lot clearer.'