The riba has appointed an arts management consultant with a drama-teaching degree as its new communications director. Roula Konzotis, 46, will step into the post covering the same areas as former public-affairs director Chris Palmer with an ambition to exploit currently high levels of popular interest in architecture 'for the benefit of architects and the built environment as a whole.' British born, she was educated at Manchester University and has a Diploma in Arts Administration from City University. She has worked as a drama teacher, head of publicity for the Ballet Rambert, marketing director at the English National Ballet, and since 1994 she has been advising on lottery applications, feasibility studies and marketing strategies for theatres, art centres, dance companies and museums. Konzotis is also an assessor for the National Lottery (arts) and lists her interests as Ancient Greek drama (she speaks fluent Greek), dance, architecture, swimming and cycling. She will take up her post in mid- August.