Welcome to our new President

With a very warm welcome…

We are delighted to announce that Jane Duncan PPRIBA OBE became our new President at our Annual Meeting on 13th June, within a few days of Jane Duncan receiving the accolade of OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Prior to her appointment, Jane Duncan actively supported the Society in promoting its new mental health support service, an area which she feels strongly about. She will continue to promote this aspect of the Society’s work, as well as raise awareness generally about the charity among the professions it supports; and be involved in exploring other ways in which the Society can meet the needs of individuals in such challenging times. We are thrilled to welcome Jane, with her wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry, as our new President.

Rob Ball, Chief Executive said “We are delighted that Jane has agreed to be our new President. We look forward to working with her and particularly on promoting our on-going work on wellbeing in the wider architectural professions, an area both we and Jane feel passionately about.”

Jane Duncan said “I am hugely looking forward to working with the ABS team and their national ambassadors to raise awareness of their fantastic and urgently needed work. I aim to be an active and visible contributor and am honoured to have been chosen to be the new ABS president.”

…and a fond farewell

The occasion of an incoming President inevitably means the departure of the current President, and we would like to say a very big thank you to Angela Brady OBE, who has been ABS President for the past 3 years. Angela has demonstrated a great amount of enthusiasm, innovation and passion for the cause during this time. Notable highlights include; taking part in the ABS Chicken Run, encouraging others to power walk the route, which opened up the event to more than just keen runners; hosting the Society’s London Festival of Architecture exhibition at Brady Mallalieu Architects, featuring artworks from a number of Angela’s friends and colleagues from the architectural world, alongside those from ABS beneficiaries and volunteers. The artworks were all auctioned following the exhibition and raised thousands of pounds for the charity. Angela has also promoted the work of the Society widely through her professional networks, and has given some inspirational talks at information and launch events, championing the charity’s mental health support service.

Angela Brady says of her time as ABS President; “The ABS charity has a great group of dedicated staff, volunteers and ambassadors bringing much needed advice and financial assistance to colleagues in need in our professions. In this age of anxiety they are giving help and raising awareness of mental health issues, particularly among our students who have extra pressures upon them today. A big thank you to them and to all the practices who have taken part and supported the ABS financially. I have very much enjoyed my three years working with ABS staff and know that Jane will continue with new ideas and active participation as the new ABS President”.

Rob Ball commented that “Angela has offered unwavering support throughout her three years as President. She frequently went above and beyond the call of duty, joining at us events throughout the UK. We don’t know how she finds the time and are immensely grateful. Thank you Angela!”

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