Director of Professional Standards

RIBA 1834 Ltd
London (Central), London (Greater)
up to £80,000 per annum, based upon experience and location
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

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Be part of the vision; be part of the RIBA.


The RIBA is a global professional membership body, and a cultural organisation, driving excellence in architecture.

Salary: up to £80,000 per annum, based upon experience and location

Location: London/Hybrid working

Hours: 35 hours per week, full-time permanent


Why Join us?

• Are you a qualified legal professional?

• Do you have strong knowledge of regulatory law and experience leading and evolving disciplinary and contractual dispute processes?

• Are you an experienced team manager?

If so, this role could be an excellent fit for you.


Our Benefits:

The RIBA offers an amazing employee benefits package which includes (a) a generous pension scheme with employer contributions (up to 12%), (b) life assurance, (c) annual leave of 27 days plus bank holidays and paid closure of 3 discretionary days between Christmas and New Year. For more details on our benefits click here


About the Role

We are proud to partner with the Royal Institute of British Architects ('RIBA') to identify talent for their Director of Professional Standards role. The purpose of the role is to lead the organisation’s Professional Standards Programme to drive and support the highest professional and ethical standards, working closely with the RIBA Standards Committee.

The core of the role involves dealing with disciplinary procedures, legal processes, complaints, and dispute resolution, and matters of professional ethics in the architects' profession.

The role requires excellent interpersonal and influencing skills, with an ability to deal with confrontational situations in a tactful and diplomatic manner. Work often needs to be completed within demanding, legally prescribed timescales.

The role will involve managing a team of 3 direct reports; therefore, it is essential that applicants are accomplished people managers with experience in empowering and leading teams.

This is a leadership role, involving (a) representing the organisation in external forums, (b) managing a small expert team, (c) business planning and budget management, and (d) modelling the organisation’s values.


What are we looking for?

•Educated to degree level (ideally legal qualification) or hold equivalent experience working for a professional, membership or not for profit organisation on professional standards.

• Being capable and credible to collaborate with Committee members and key senior stakeholders in establishing and overseeing professional standards policies and processes.

•Demonstrable experience of managing complaints or legal processes such as professional conduct processes or equivalent tribunal or hearings processes, exercising judgement in evaluating and interpreting complaints.

• Excellent communication skills with a clear, concise, logical and practical approach to verbal communication and report writing.

• Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to influence members and industry, and deal with confrontational situations in a tactful and diplomatic manner.

• Demonstrable experience of collaborating with partner bodies across the public, private sector and third sectors, and representing an organisation at a senior level.

• Effective leadership skills, experience of managing staff and liaising with expert members and hearing panellists.

• Demonstrable experience of business planning and budget management.

• A Strong track-record of working within defined timescales and procedures, and a record of achievement in the delivery of corporate objectives.


FJWilson Talent is acting as the employment agency advisor to The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on this appointment.

For a confidential conversation with FJWilson Talent, please contact Andrea Montgomery or Fiona Wilson on 0203 195 3600, or email



Closing date: 29 February 2024
Interview date: TBC


Due to high volumes of applications we are unable to respond to everyone, however, should you be shortlisted for interview we will be in touch.  We may also close an advert earlier than the date above if we receive enough quality applications.


Please note that you must be able to demonstrate that you have the Right to Work in the UK.  We are unable to proceed with any candidates who cannot show the relevant documentation so please only apply if you meet these criteria. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer visa sponsorship.


The RIBA aims to be an inclusive employer, committed to building an authentic and diverse environment where all are encouraged to be themselves. We champion work/life balance and welcome requests for flexible working across our organisation. We value applications from all sections of society and appreciate divergent experience, therefore if you are excited about the role and working with us, yet your experience may not align perfectly with every single skill or competency, we encourage you to apply anyway.  



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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture. Our purpose is to serve members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment.

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