Patron & President

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President, Jane Duncan OBE PPRIBA

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Patron, His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO

Our Team

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Robert Ball

Chief Executive

I joined the ABS in 2001 as our Finance & Property Manager and became Chief Executive in February 2013. I previously worked for Upkeep, a charity providing building maintenance training courses. My principle goals as Chief Executive are to ensure that the Society is fit for purpose both now and in the future and continues to improve on the quality and range of services it provides to the wider architectural profession.

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Katie Vivian

Operations Manager

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Mark Thomas

External Relations Manager

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Aidan Cullen

Welfare Officer

Helen Stanley

Welfare Officer

Deirdre Anthony

Welfare Assistant

Sarah Gartshore

Chief Financial Officer

Mimi Tesfaye

Finance Officer

Angela Muhammad

Admin & Property Officer

Matilda Badham

Communications Officer

Tom Shore

Supporter Relations Officer

Isabel Shore

Fundraising & Communications Assistant

Board of Trustees

Geoffrey Purves

Chair

Spent his professional life in private practice as a Chartered Architect designing buildings in the conservation, primary health, housing and retail sectors.
Ran Geoffrey Purves Partnership, then Purves Ash LLP until 2009.

Now undertaking consultancy services, advisory and Trustee roles.

Past RIBA Hon. Treasurer and Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects (2014 -15)

Publications include ‘Healthy Living Centres’ and ‘Primary Care Centres’, contributor to the ‘Metric Handbook’ on Primary Health Care’ and editor of ‘Churches of Newcastle and Northumberland’

Previously Honorary Research Fellow of Durham University; appointed Lay Canon of Newcastle Cathedral, and elected Fellow of the RIBA

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Nigel Thorne

Honorary Treasurer

After more than 35 years in public and private practice as a chartered landscape architect, Nigel is now full-time Director of Studies for the School of Horticulture, Landscaping and Garden Design at Capel Manor College in north London – helping to train new recruits into the built environment profession.

Ronnie McDaniel

Vice Chair

Graduating from Sheffield University I joined Essex County Council as a schools architect. Each pay-day a collection was made for the ABS! Returning home to the Northern Ireland Department of Health, I became government’s Chief Architect with a staff of eighty.  Covered were hospitals, health centres, homes etc. With the RSUA as Hon Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-president. Elected Fellow RIBA, serving on its Council; also, ARCUK.  RSUA nominee on ABS.

Mark Grzegorczyk

Honorary Secretary

Mark Grzegorczyk studied architecture at the Bartlett and became a chartered architect in 1983. Mark has over 30 years experience running his own practice specializing in the residential sector and the conservation of listed buildings.  He now divides his time between London and the Isle of Wight providing consultancy and advisory services. Mark became a Trustee for the Architects Benevolent Society in 2015 and was appointed Honorary Secretary in 2019.

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John Assael

Trustee

John Assael is an Architect with over thirty years experience running his own award-winning practice, Assael Architecture. He is recognised as one of the industry’s top employers, being passionate about the profession and looking after the next generation of architects, and was appointed Fellow of the RIBA in 2019 for his contribution to the profession.

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Kenneth Bingham

Trustee

Career in private practice and local government sectors, engaged in much post-war rebuilding of Plymouth and subsequent developments across the wider south-west. Continuous involvement in professional affairs at local, regional and national level, with long periods of service on RIBA & ARCUK Councils, Board of Architectural Education & NJCC for Building. Regularly arranged for donations to ABS from SW Region RIBA events and local branches. Became ABS South West Regional representative and joined Council in 1993. Served on Executive, Case and External Affairs Committees. ABS Chairman 2007 – 2015. Made Vice-President in 2016.

Anthony Clerici

Trustee

Lelia Dunlea-Jones

Trustee

Currently working as an architect in Chester, my experience as a designer in the construction industry spans nearly fifty years, encompassing both public and private practice, focusing mainly on affordable housing, primary and secondary schools, dementia and care homes for the elderly. Involvement with the ABS began twenty-one years ago, when I was invited to join the management team of Claverton Court, then one of their elderly care homes, becoming chair of that committee in 2002. This in turn led to becoming a Trustee, being involved with the ASB executive committee, and latterly being part of the Welfare Committee.

Janet Dunsmore

Trustee

Originally from Lancashire, Janet studied architecture in Glasgow, Darmstadt and London, becoming a chartered architect in 2001. Architectural projects have included private homes, leisure and retail, visitor and performance spaces and an architecture school, as well as conservation led heritage schemes including public realm improvements. Janet now lives and works in Ayrshire in Scotland, focusing on the delivery of public sector regeneration projects. She has been a Trustee for Architects Benevolent Society since 2010.

William Evans

Trustee

Architect/Principal Designer, 58  years experience and self-employed since 1976.  Past President of Notts Derby Society of Architects and Director of the Association for Project Safety.  Senior Partner of The Evans Partnership founded in 1997.

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Chris Goodall

Trustee

John Moakes

Trustee

I’ve been a Trustee since 2017 and was inspired to become one by my Dad – who was a trustee for a small local charity for over 40 years – and by my good friend Simon.

Simon died in tragic circumstances some years ago along with his wife Kacka and their youngest child Amelka. The ABS stepped in and provided much needed support for his two eldest children and their grandmother and I always wanted to show my gratitude to the ABS by helping them support other Architects in times of need.

Hugh Woodeson

Council Member

For 37 years Hugh was a practising solicitor with the law firm Hunters in Lincoln’s Inn WC2, where for 14 years he was senior partner. He specialised in charity law, family law and private client work. He was also a family mediator and, for some years, a part time Crown Court judge. For many years ABS was one of his charity clients and, on his retirement, he was invited to become a trustee which he was pleased to accept. He now serves on the Finance Committee.

Lucy Mori

Trustee

Lucy Mori is an RIBA chartered architect and business consultant focused on practice management, marketing and business development in private, public and non-profit sectors.  Lucy delivers CPD to the RIBA, lectures Part 3 Professional practice courses and has advised dozens of UK architects.  She trained at the University of Cambridge, has a Masters in Business Administration from INSEAD and has studied Real Estate at the University of Reading.  Lucy supports the ABS in marketing and fundraising and chairs the External Affairs Committee.

Karen Rogers

Trustee

Karen is an architect with over 30 years of experience across a range of complex building types working in multi-disciplinary teams delivering integrated design solutions.

She is a currently working with Ekkist, a consultancy supporting designing building to support health and well-being to the international WELL standard as a project manager.

Previously, she was a Project Design Executive at Canary Wharf, and first made the transition to the client side working as a Design Leader in the team delivering the new Terminal Two project for Heathrow Airports Limited.

Before joining Heathrow, Karen was at BDP for 10 years where she was an Associate Director in the Living and Learning Studio.

Karen studied at the Welsh School of Architecture. She was on RIBA council from 2005-2009, when she joined the RIBA Building Futures steering group. She was also RIBA Honorary Treasurer from 2007-2009.

She was a member of the Women in Architecture Group and has recently joined the steering group of the Equilibrium Network working with an influential multi-disciplinary women’s group working across the built environment. She is a fellow of Royal Society of the Arts and member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects.

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Stella Saunders

Trustee

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Sumita Singha

Trustee

Sumita is an award-winning architect, academic and author. Sumita received the UIA:UNESCO International design, Women In Business and Atkins Inspire awards.

Sumita setup Architects For Change, the Equality forum at RIBA and is past Chair of Women In Architecture. She is a non-executive Director of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Sumita is a trustee of the Commonwealth Association of Architects. She is the founding director of Charushila, an international design charity for community projects.

Sumita has taught architecture in the UK and abroad. She is the author of several books and a popular speaker.

Richard Brindley

Trustee

Richard Brindley is a Chartered Architect with additional qualifications in business and project management. He has over 30 years’ experience as a practicing architect, successfully developing and leading a range of large, medium and sole-practitioner practices; including Operations Director for a multi-disciplinary design consultancy and Chief Architect for a major residential developer. He was RIBA Director of Practice then Executive Director of Professional Services at the Royal Institute of British Architects for 12 years from 2003 to 2015, responsible for RIBA’s practice policy and membership services for Chartered Architects worldwide. He is now lead Director of ‘R Brindley Consult Ltd’, an independent consultancy company providing strategic management advice and project delivery support to professional membership and educational bodies. He is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects, part-time post graduate lecturer and course director on clients, appointment contracts, professionalism and practice management at the Bartlett UCL and Architectural Association. He currently chairs the working party organising Teambuild UK and trustee of several charities including ABS. He is proud to be able to apply his overview and passionate support for the UK construction industry professions for the ABS and its welfare committee.

Angus Kerr

Trustee

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