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RIBA's chief operating officer exits

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RIBA director Andy Munro, the institute’s chief operating officer, has left by ‘mutual agreement’

Munro, who joined the institute from the Terrence Higgins Trust, started as chief financial officer in November 2010 before becoming its chief operating officer in March 2014.

He was credited with securing the deal which saw all RIBA’s London-based staff move under one roof at 76 Portland Place earlier this year (see Theis + Khan reveals £2.9m RIBA HQ overhaul).

It is understood a temporary replacement will be appointed imminently.

Speaking about Munro’s departure chief executive Harry Rich said: ‘I am grateful for Andy’s immense contribution to the work of the Institute. Over the past five years Andy has conceived and delivered many projects, including the new outstore for our collections, the gallery in 66 Portland Place and our new offices at 76 Portland Place, which have massively improved the way we work and will save the Institute very substantial sums each year. 

‘Andy has also pioneered the RIBA’s financial services business whilst modernising the support and business services.

Rich added: ‘We will appoint an interim executive director to ensure continuity of the important work of the Business Services team and recruit a successor in due course.’

Explaining his exit, Munro said: ‘Leading the successful completion of 76 Portland Place - the programme to provide the RIBA with a new headquarters building - was the high point of my time at the RIBA and provides an ideal opportunity for me to take stock before looking for a new project. I have enjoyed my five years immensely and wish everyone the very best in the future.’

Reacting to the news Owen O’Carroll, RIBA board director and vice president for finance 2011-2013, said: ‘Andy’s decision to leave the Institute is a great loss. His time there saw him initiate and deliver some fundamental changes in its operating structure. Naturally, such changes were wrought with turbulence within some quarters of the senior executive, who fought change.

Hopefully his legacy will be one respected by members for decades to come

‘His legacy will be one hopefully respected by members for decades to come, particularly in recognition of his foresight and achievement in delivering new schemes, such as professional pension schemes for small practices and practitioners, initiating new forms of PI provision, shaping new digital management systems within the Institiute etc.

‘A tremendous honest broker for the profession has sadly been lost, we can only hope the senior executive has the sensitivity to find at least identify an adequate replacement.’

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