Patron & President

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ABS President Eddie Weir PPCIAT

Northern Ireland | Architectural Technologist

I am a Chartered Architectural Technologist and a Practice Principal and currently hold the positions of CIAT Vice-President Practice and Chairman of the Northern Ireland Region.

Those who know me know I am passionate and proud of my Institute and my profession. This passion is a huge motivator and is the reason why I give my time so freely to the issues that are close to me.

We are forward thinking modern professionals, we’re ambitious, we’re driven and we must be adaptable to keep up to date with the future trends while we practice – in which most times can be a demanding environment. For some these demands can take their toll and can detrimentally manifest themselves in many forms. It is absolutely incredible to know that the Society is here to offer help and support to those in our profession who may be experiencing difficult times. For this, I shall continue as always to promote the incredible support that ABS offers to our architectural professions.

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ABS Past 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

Marketing and Communications Lead

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Jessica Steele

Supporter Engagement & Events Officer

Isabel Shore

Fundraising & Communications Assistant

Board of Trustees

Mark Grzegorczyk

ABS Chair

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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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.

Anthony Clerici

Trustee

Anthony studied architecture at Leeds. Since then he has combined practice with supporting the ABS and RIBA. He spent five years as RIBA VP and Board member championing members in the UK and internationally. Currently he is a Part 3 Professional Examiner for the RIBA and Westminster University and is a visiting lecturer at Birmingham School of Architecture. He can also be found coaching advanced motor biking on the roads of Worcestershire.

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.

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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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.

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Aled Rees

Trustee

Aled Rees is an Associate Director with over 15 years’ experience successfully developing and leading a range of project from domestic, commercial, social housing and healthcare, becoming a Chartered Architectural Technologist in 2016. He is currently the resident Chair of the Wales Region for CIAT and undertakes mentoring of future applicants and undertakes Professional Interviews as part of the Chartered application process. He also visits universities speaking to students about being in practice. He is looking forward to providing his support for ABS and moving them forward in the future.

Andy McLeish

Trustee

Scotland | Architect

I had been aware of the Architects Benevolent Society but it was not until I suffered an accident in 2014 that the true value of what the ABS offer to the profession became apparent to me. They were of great moral and financial support to myself but more importantly to my family immediately following my accident and during my recovery. It is a privilege to now be an ambassador for this fabulous society and be able to share my experience from my families time of need and what the ABS can offer us all.

I am an Architect running my own small practice in Scotland. As an ambassador I want to both promote and support the ABS locally and nationally by raising awareness of the ABS, promoting and engaging with their activities and participating in fundraising initiatives. The ABS offer fabulous support to us all in the profession. They are there when we need them when we or our families fall on hard times, be that financial or be it physical or mental ailment. Alongside my fellow Ambassadors in Scotland, I look forward to many years as an ambassador as part of the ABS family.

 

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Rick McCluggage

Trustee

Scotland | Architect

I have been an Ambassador of Architects Benevolent Society since 2018 and am now a trustee. This is a rewarding role and I use my time and contacts to spread the word of the work ABS does and the support available for people in our profession. It is great to give something back to the industry and be able to use my personal and professional experience to help others, deliver CPDs to other practices, fundraise and participate in workshops etc. I was honoured to represent ABS at the Queen’s Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in 2019 as a guest of our Patron His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester.

In professional life, I am an Architect with 20 years experience in private practice and I am an owner and Director of Smith Scott Mullan Associates in Edinburgh.

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Sangeeta Shenoy

Trustee

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