AA Council

Our Council is the AA’s governing body. It is led by the AA President and is made up of members elected from the Membership and members appointed specifically for skills necessary to oversee the strategic delivery of the objects enshrined in the AA’s Articles of Association: ‘to promote and afford facilities for the study of architecture for the public benefit’. The Council includes the School Director and also an elected staff and student member, ensuring all constituencies of the school community are represented at the highest level of governance. The AA is a registered company and charity and accordingly Council members are both company directors and charity trustees. The Annual General Meeting and Ordinary General Meetings of Council are open for all AA members to attend. Minutes from these meetings can be accessed by AA members.

Statement of Council Primary Responsibilities
Conflict of Interests Policy

Council delegates specific responsibilities and activities to the Committees listed in accordance with their respective Terms of Reference.

 
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VICTORIA THORNTON (OBE), PRESIDENT

Victoria is the Founder and former Director of Open House and Open-City, an architecture education charity advocating the value of design in creating vibrant, liveable cities. A number of pioneering initiatives instigated by Victoria include Accelerate into University; My City Too!; and the Architecture in Schools programme. She is currently Chair of Open House Worldwide Network. Other positions and roles have included Jury Member RIBA Royal Gold Medal; Board Member Irish Architecture Foundation; Women in Architecture Judge; RIBA Research Committee, Farrell Review Advisory Board.

She is also co-author of London’s Guide to Contemporary Architecture. Victoria was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the RIBA in 2003, Honorary MA from London Metropolitan University, 2006, and an OBE in 2012 for services to architecture and education.

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JOANNA CHAMBERS, VICE PRESIDENT

Joanna is the Founder and Director of Changing Cities, an independent consultancy focusing on partnership working to help overcome barriers to delivery of sustainable development and regeneration with over 30 years’ experience of working in planning and development in the built environment. She has held Director level positions at Arup, EDAW/Aecom and Broadway Malyan, where she was Director of Regeneration. A serving Board Member of the Covent Garden Area Trust, and Chair of the Planning Advisory Committee. A Trustee of the Royal Town Planning Institute Trust. Joanna joined the AA Council in 2012, and became Vice President in 2016 and is Chair of the Estates & Infrastructure Committee and member of the Nominations Committee.

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DAVID PORTER, PAST PRESIDENT

David is a Professor of Architecture at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing and visiting professor at the University of Westminster. He was head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture and on the executive of the Glasgow School of Art, has been an adjunct professor at RMIT and a visiting professor in Aarhus, Denmark. He was partner in Neave Brown David Porter Architects with urban housing projects in the UK and the Netherlands published and exhibited internationally. He is a founding academician at the Academy of Urbanism and a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects of Scotland. David joined the AA Council in 2014 and became President in 2016.

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PROF. MARY BISHOP

A fellow of the Chartered Association for Certified Accountants for over 20 years, admitted as an honorary Chartered Accountant (CA [ANZ]), Mary has had an executive career in industry, HE and Professional Education. Previous executive roles include senior leadership in HE and industry and Director of Learning, ACCA. Experienced in global delivery and digital transformation of education, Mary is passionate about accessible education.

A Commissioner on the all party think tank, the HE Commission, a TEF Panellist, a member of the Office for Students Quality Assessment Committee, a JISC education expert panellist and an education expert on the ACCA Global Forum for Education. A strong advocate of academic development, Mary currently has a Visiting Professorship at Staffordshire University and is a Principal Fellow of the HEA. Mary joined Council in 2017 and is Chair of Audit and Risk.

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PROF. MOHAMMAD DASTBAZ

Mohammad is presently Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Suffolk, responsible for the development of the university’s academic strategy for growth and sustainable development as well as research and enterprise strategy for 2020. Prior to that he was Pro Vice Chancellor at Leeds Beckett University, leading the faculty of arts, environment and technology including the schools of art, architecture and design, built environment and others.

He is a member of the board of directors of the University of Suffolk and was an elected member of the board of governors at Leeds. Mohammad is also a fully trained QAA auditor and took Suffolk through the TDAP process. Mohammad was also director of finance for the Omid Housing Association for a number of years. Mohammad joined the AA Council in 2017 and is acting Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee.

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CATHERINE DU TOIT

Catherine is one of the Founder directors of 51 architecture. Recipient of RIBA awards 2008 & 2013 and an AIA award 2013; made a Fellow of the RSA in 2010. She has wide ranging involvement in the environment and arts, including urban social projects with international and local artists. Her work has been exhibited internationally (Fundacio Tapies, Trienale di Milano, the Venice Biennale and the Royal Academy). A curator for the Richelieu Sculpture Biennale in France, partnering with the University of Paris. Worldwide experience in teaching and lecturing, including being Unit Master at the AA for ten years.

Advising architect to City Year UK, a leading youth and education charity. Catherine joined the Council in 2016. Catherine joined the AA Council in 2016 and is a member of the Estates and Infrastructure Committee.

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EVA FRANCH I GILABERT

School Director of the AA and member of Council.

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DAVID GIBSON

David was until recently the General Counsel & Company Secretary of Rexam plc, the FTSE 100 company which was bought by an American competitor a year ago. Rexam was the principal manufacturer of drinks cans and other consumables and was previously known as Bowater plc. Over the years that David was there, the company changed its focus many times and he has had an active career as a senior lawyer and company secretary. Governance is exacting at a FTSE quoted company and he therefore brings a deep knowledge of legal, regulatory and governance issues. He is also a non-executive director of Flora and Fauna International, a conservation charity.

David joined the AA Council in 2017 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

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JOEL NEWMAN

Joel is the staff member on Council, Head of Audiovisual at the AA and teaches undergraduate courses on video within AA Media Studies. He is also presently a consultant in Film and Sound to the AA’s Spatial Performance & Design (AAIS) MA/MFA course. Joel studied Fine Art at Reading University and joined the AA in 1994. He has been involved with a large number of school committees and working groups and was an elected member of the 2005 Search Committee for the AA Director and

from 2006 to 2008 was co-curator for the New Media Research Initiative at the AA. Joel has shown work and held various workshops both here and abroad and was elected to join the AA Council in March 2018.

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TIMOTHY O’HARE

Timothy is the Student member on Council, 4th Year student and member of the Student Forum.

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GEORGE SAWTELL

George is a Corporate Treasurer having held senior positions for international companies Cable & Wireless plc, Inmarsat plc, UBM plc and currently Capita plc with extensive experience in debt management, external relationship management, policies and controls and budgeting and forecasting. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Treasurer and has a law degree.

George was a board member of Better Bankside (a Business Investment District) and was appointed as a trustee to the Board of The Independent Cinema Office in August 2018. He joined the AA Council in 2018 and is a member of the Finance & Resources Committee.

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RORY SHERLOCK

Rory is the Membership member on Council. Studied at the AA graduating with Diploma Honours in 2017 and served for four years on the AA Council as Student member.

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NICK VINER

Nick has substantial executive and non-executive experience. He has spent the majority of his career at The Boston Consulting Group, where he provided strategic advice and coaching to executives in major companies across a range of industries around the world. He was founding CEO of a non-profit organization, JW3, a community and cultural centre in North London, where he remains a trustee. He is also a trustee of other charities with strong commitments to education including the Alexander Haus and the Institute of Imagination. He is the co-founder of The Circle, a new member-based organisation for people over 60.

He has significant involvement in building projects including JW3, a centre for education and reconciliation, and a campus dedicated to imagination with children at its heart. Nick joined the AA Council in 2017 and is a member of the Estates and Infrastructure Committee and Chair of the Nominations Committee.

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Adult & Risk Committee Terms of Reference - View PDF

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PROF. MARY BISHOP, CHAIR

A fellow of the Chartered Association for Certified Accountants for over 20 years, admitted as an honorary Chartered Accountant (CA [ANZ]), Mary has had an executive career in industry, HE and Professional Education. Previous executive roles include senior leadership in HE and industry and Director of Learning, ACCA. Experienced in global delivery and digital transformation of education, Mary is passionate about accessible education.

A Commissioner on the all party think tank, the HE Commission, a TEF Panellist, a member of the Office for Students Quality Assessment Committee, a JISC education expert panellist and an education expert on the ACCA Global Forum for Education. A strong advocate of academic development, Mary currently has a Visiting Professorship at Staffordshire University and is a Principal Fellow of the HEA. Mary joined Council in 2017 and is Chair of Audit and Risk.

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DAVID GIBSON

David was until recently the General Counsel & Company Secretary of Rexam plc, the FTSE 100 company which was bought by an American competitor a year ago. Rexam was the principal manufacturer of drinks cans and other consumables and was previously known as Bowater plc. Over the years that David was there, the company changed its focus many times and he has had an active career as a senior lawyer and company secretary. Governance is exacting at a FTSE quoted company and he therefore brings a deep knowledge of legal, regulatory and governance issues. He is also a non-executive director of Flora and Fauna International, a conservation charity.

David joined the AA Council in 2017 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

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RORY SHERLOCK

Rory is the Membership member on Council. Studied at the AA graduating with Diploma Honours in 2017 and served for four years on the AA Council as Student member.


Estates & Infrastructure Committee Terms of Reference - View PDF

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JOANNA CHAMBERS, CHAIR

Joanna is the Founder and Director of Changing Cities, an independent consultancy focusing on partnership working to help overcome barriers to delivery of sustainable development and regeneration with over 30 years’ experience of working in planning and development in the built environment. She has held Director level positions at Arup, EDAW/Aecom and Broadway Malyan, where she was Director of Regeneration. A serving Board Member of the Covent Garden Area Trust, and Chair of the Planning Advisory Committee. A Trustee of the Royal Town Planning Institute Trust. Joanna joined the AA Council in 2012, and became Vice President in 2016 and is Chair of the Estates & Infrastructure Committee and member of the Nominations Committee.

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CATHERINE DU TOIT

Catherine is one of the Founder directors of 51 architecture. Recipient of RIBA awards 2008 & 2013 and an AIA award 2013; made a Fellow of the RSA in 2010. She has wide ranging involvement in the environment and arts, including urban social projects with international and local artists. Her work has been exhibited internationally (Fundacio Tapies, Trienale di Milano, the Venice Biennale and the Royal Academy). A curator for the Richelieu Sculpture Biennale in France, partnering with the University of Paris. Worldwide experience in teaching and lecturing, including being Unit Master at the AA for ten years.

Advising architect to City Year UK, a leading youth and education charity. Catherine joined the Council in 2016. Catherine joined the AA Council in 2016 and is a member of the Estates and Infrastructure Committee.

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JOEL NEWMAN

Joel is the staff member on Council, Head of Audiovisual at the AA and teaches undergraduate courses on video within AA Media Studies. He is also presently a consultant in Film and Sound to the AA’s Spatial Performance & Design (AAIS) MA/MFA course. Joel studied Fine Art at Reading University and joined the AA in 1994. He has been involved with a large number of school committees and working groups and was an elected member of the 2005 Search Committee for the AA Director and

from 2006 to 2008 was co-curator for the New Media Research Initiative at the AA. Joel has shown work and held various workshops both here and abroad and was elected to join the AA Council in March 2018.

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VICTORIA THORNTON (OBE)

Victoria is the Founder and former Director of Open House and Open-City, an architecture education charity advocating the value of design in creating vibrant, liveable cities. A number of pioneering initiatives instigated by Victoria include Accelerate into University; My City Too!; and the Architecture in Schools programme. She is currently Chair of Open House Worldwide Network. Other positions and roles have included Jury Member RIBA Royal Gold Medal; Board Member Irish Architecture Foundation; Women in Architecture Judge; RIBA Research Committee, Farrell Review Advisory Board.

She is also co-author of London’s Guide to Contemporary Architecture. Victoria was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the RIBA in 2003, Honorary MA from London Metropolitan University, 2006, and an OBE in 2012 for services to architecture and education.

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NICK VINER

Nick has substantial executive and non-executive experience. He has spent the majority of his career at The Boston Consulting Group, where he provided strategic advice and coaching to executives in major companies across a range of industries around the world. He was founding CEO of a non-profit organization, JW3, a community and cultural centre in North London, where he remains a trustee. He is also a trustee of other charities with strong commitments to education including the Alexander Haus and the Institute of Imagination. He is the co-founder of The Circle, a new member-based organisation for people over 60.

He has significant involvement in building projects including JW3, a centre for education and reconciliation, and a campus dedicated to imagination with children at its heart. Nick joined the AA Council in 2017 and is a member of the Estates and Infrastructure Committee and Chair of Nominations Committee.

Read more

Finance & Resources Committee Terms of Reference - View PDF

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MOHAMMAD DASTBAZ, CHAIR

Mohammad is presently Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Suffolk, responsible for the development of the university’s academic strategy for growth and sustainable development as well as research and enterprise strategy for 2020. Prior to that he was Pro Vice Chancellor at Leeds Beckett University, leading the faculty of arts, environment and technology including the schools of art, architecture and design, built environment and others.

He is a member of the board of directors of the University of Suffolk and was an elected member of the board of governors at Leeds. Mohammad is also a fully trained QAA auditor and took Suffolk through the TDAP process. Mohammad was also director of finance for the Omid Housing Association for a number of years. Mohammad joined the AA Council in 2017 and is member of the Finance & Resources Committee.

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GEORGE SAWTELL

George is a Corporate Treasurer having held senior positions for international companies Cable & Wireless plc, Inmarsat plc, UBM plc and currently Capita plc with extensive experience in debt management, external relationship management, policies and controls and budgeting and forecasting. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Treasurer and has a law degree.

George was a board member of Better Bankside (a Business Investment District) and was appointed as a trustee to the Board of The Independent Cinema Office in August 2018. He joined the AA Council in 2018 and is a member of the Finance & Resources Committee.

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VICTORIA THORNTON (OBE)

Victoria is the Founder and former Director of Open House and Open-City, an architecture education charity advocating the value of design in creating vibrant, liveable cities. A number of pioneering initiatives instigated by Victoria include Accelerate into University; My City Too!; and the Architecture in Schools programme. She is currently Chair of Open House Worldwide Network. Other positions and roles have included Jury Member RIBA Royal Gold Medal; Board Member Irish Architecture Foundation; Women in Architecture Judge; RIBA Research Committee, Farrell Review Advisory Board.

She is also co-author of London’s Guide to Contemporary Architecture. Victoria was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the RIBA in 2003, Honorary MA from London Metropolitan University, 2006, and an OBE in 2012 for services to architecture and education.

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Nominations Nominations & Remuneratio Committee Terms of Reference - View PDF

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NICK VINER, CHAIR

Nick has substantial executive and non-executive experience. He has spent the majority of his career at The Boston Consulting Group, where he provided strategic advice and coaching to executives in major companies across a range of industries around the world. He was founding CEO of a non-profit organization, JW3, a community and cultural centre in North London, where he remains a trustee. He is also a trustee of other charities with strong commitments to education including the Alexander Haus and the Institute of Imagination. He is the co-founder of The Circle, a new member-based organisation for people over 60.

He has significant involvement in building projects including JW3, a centre for education and reconciliation, and a campus dedicated to imagination with children at its heart. Nick joined the AA Council in 2017 and is a member of the Estates and Infrastructure Committee and Nominations Committee.

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JOANNA CHAMBERS

Joanna is the Founder and Director of Changing Cities, an independent consultancy focusing on partnership working to help overcome barriers to delivery of sustainable development and regeneration with over 30 years’ experience of working in planning and development in the built environment. She has held Director level positions at Arup, EDAW/Aecom and Broadway Malyan, where she was Director of Regeneration. A serving Board Member of the Covent Garden Area Trust, and Chair of the Planning Advisory Committee. A Trustee of the Royal Town Planning Institute Trust. Joanna joined the AA Council in 2012, and became Vice President in 2016 and is Chair of the Estates & Infrastructure Committee and member of the Nominations Committee.

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DAVID PORTER

David is a Professor of Architecture at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing and visiting professor at the University of Westminster. He was head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture and on the executive of the Glasgow School of Art, has been an adjunct professor at RMIT and a visiting professor in Aarhus, Denmark. He was partner in Neave Brown David Porter Architects with urban housing projects in the UK and the Netherlands published and exhibited internationally. He is a founding academician at the Academy of Urbanism and a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects of Scotland. David joined the AA Council in 2014 and became President in 2016 and is member of the Nominations Committee.

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VICTORIA THORNTON (OBE)

Victoria is the Founder and former Director of Open House and Open-City, an architecture education charity advocating the value of design in creating vibrant, liveable cities. A number of pioneering initiatives instigated by Victoria include Accelerate into University; My City Too!; and the Architecture in Schools programme. She is currently Chair of Open House Worldwide Network. Other positions and roles have included Jury Member RIBA Royal Gold Medal; Board Member Irish Architecture Foundation; Women in Architecture Judge; RIBA Research Committee, Farrell Review Advisory Board.

She is also co-author of London’s Guide to Contemporary Architecture. Victoria was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the RIBA in 2003, Honorary MA from London Metropolitan University, 2006, and an OBE in 2012 for services to architecture and education.

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