AA Council

The Council is the AA’s Board of Trustees. It comprises one of the three component parts of the AA School Community: students, staff and Council. Council’s purpose is to protect the public interest by ensuring the AA is viable and sustainable long term, organisationally and financially, complies with all necessary legislation, and has a comprehensive and shared strategy for the future against which progress can be monitored. It now comprises a balance of trustees elected from the membership of the AA and those appointed who can bring particular expertise along with an affinity for the aims and objectives of the AA.

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

 
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DAVID PORTER, 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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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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DR MARY BISHOP

Mary was until recently the Director of Learning at the ACCA, the largest global professional accounting body. She led the qualification of 480,000 students and the CPD of some 200,000 members. She led the development of the qualification syllabus, content, delivery, and quality assurance as well as development/accreditation of best practice for student learning. Prior to that she was Assistant Dean, Academic Development at Sheffield Hallam.

She stood down from her role at the ACCA at the end of April to set up her own consultancy. She also has non-executive experience, current roles include board member Higher Education Commission, ACCA Global Forum on Education, JISC Student Experience Expert and Trustee of Puppet Place. Mary joined the AA Council in 2017 and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

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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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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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SAMANTHA HARDINGHAM

Samantha Hardingham (AA Dip 1993) is an architectural writer, editor and curator. Her most recent and celebrated work is the award-winning, two-volume anthology Cedric Price Works 1952-2003: A Forward-minded Retrospective published by the AA/CCA in October 2016. Samantha has a wide-ranging knowledge and understanding of the AA having been a design studio tutor across all undergraduate years at the AA since 2008, as well as chair of the AA's Undergraduate Management Committee since 2015 and member of the Senior Management Team. As Interim School Director she looks forward to leading the AA in this very special year as the school celebrates a centenary of women at the AA, with the culmination of the AA XX 100 project.

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ELSIE OWUSU

Elsie is Principal of Elsie Owusu Architects (EOA) and a Director of ArchQuestra, formed to provide the best of British architecture, art and engineering to support emerging economies. She was co-lead architect for the UK Supreme Court and the master planning team for Green Park Tube Station whilst a partner at F+M. A specialist conservation architect, she has wide expertise on urban planning, transport and infrastructure, completing designs for transportation systems in Nigeria and Ghana. Elsie was a Board Member of Arts Council England and the National Trust of England.

A Trustee of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).Vice-Chair of London School of Architecture and a Board Member of the UK Supreme Court Arts Trust. Elsie joined the AA Council in 2015 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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DAN MARKS

Dan Marks is the founder and principal of Aris Marks Ltd, a business that helps media and entertainment clients to define brand and commercial strategies and support their commercial negotiations. Dan has substantial executive and non-executive experience having been Deputy Managing Director of British Telecom’s Consumer division and previously Deputy CEO of Universal Studios Networks Worldwide. Prior to that, he co-founded and was the General Director of TV3-Russia, the Russian commercial terrestrial broadcast group. Dan started his career as a documentary film producer and director.

He is a non-executive director of the Hampstead Theatre. Dan joined the AA Council in 2017 and is a member of the Finance and Resources Committee and Nominations Committee.

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VICTORIA THORNTON

Victoria was 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. Other positions and roles have included Jury Member RIBA Royal Gold Medal; Board Member Irish Architecture Foundation; Women in Architecture Judge; RIBA Research Committee, Expert Advisory Board, Bartlett 2050 Leadership Programme and Architecturels memberkffkjsad. She is also the author of Open House, Chair of Open House Worldwide, and co-author of London’s Guide to Contemporary Architecture.

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. Victoria joined the AA Council in 2016 and is member of the Finance and Resources Committee and the Estates and Infrastructure Committee.

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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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MARY BISHOP, CHAIR

Mary was until recently the Director of Learning at the ACCA, the largest global professional accounting body. She led the qualification of 480,000 students and the CPD of some 200,000 members. She led the development of the qualification syllabus, content, delivery, and quality assurance as well as development/accreditation of best practice for student learning. Prior to that she was Assistant Dean, Academic Development at Sheffield Hallam.

She stood down from her role at the ACCA at the end of April to set up her own consultancy. She also has non-executive experience, current roles include board member Higher Education Commission, ACCA Global Forum on Education, JISC Student Experience Expert and Trustee of Puppet Place. Mary joined the AA Council in 2017 and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

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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.

Read more

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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ELSIE OWUSU

Elsie is Principal of Elsie Owusu Architects (EOA) and a Director of ArchQuestra, formed to provide the best of British architecture, art and engineering to support emerging economies. She was co-lead architect for the UK Supreme Court and the master planning team for Green Park Tube Station whilst a partner at F+M. A specialist conservation architect, she has wide expertise on urban planning, transport and infrastructure, completing designs for transportation systems in Nigeria and Ghana. Elsie was a Board Member of Arts Council England and the National Trust of England.

A Trustee of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).Vice-Chair of London School of Architecture and a Board Member of the UK Supreme Court Arts Trust. Elsie joined the AA Council in 2015 and is a member of the Estates and Infrastructure Committee.

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VICTORIA THORNTON

Victoria was 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. Other positions and roles have included Jury Member RIBA Royal Gold Medal; Board Member Irish Architecture Foundation; Women in Architecture Judge; RIBA Research Committee, Expert Advisory Board, Bartlett 2050 Leadership Programme and Architecturels memberkffkjsad. She is also the author of Open House, Chair of Open House Worldwide, and co-author of London’s Guide to Contemporary Architecture.

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. Victoria joined the AA Council in 2016 and is member of the Finance and Resources Committee and the Estates and Infrastructure Committee.

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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.

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Finance & Resources Committee Terms of Reference - View PDF

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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 member of the Finance & Resources Committee.

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DAN MARKS

Dan Marks is the founder and principal of Aris Marks Ltd, a business that helps media and entertainment clients to define brand and commercial strategies and support their commercial negotiations. Dan has substantial executive and non-executive experience having been Deputy Managing Director of British Telecom’s Consumer division and previously Deputy CEO of Universal Studios Networks Worldwide. Prior to that, he co-founded and was the General Director of TV3-Russia, the Russian commercial terrestrial broadcast group. Dan started his career as a documentary film producer and director.

He is a non-executive director of the Hampstead Theatre. Dan joined the AA Council in 2017 and is a member of the Finance and Resources Committee and member of the Nominations Committee.

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VICTORIA THORNTON

Victoria was 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. Other positions and roles have included Jury Member RIBA Royal Gold Medal; Board Member Irish Architecture Foundation; Women in Architecture Judge; RIBA Research Committee, Expert Advisory Board, Bartlett 2050 Leadership Programme and Architecturels memberkffkjsad. She is also the author of Open House, Chair of Open House Worldwide, and co-author of London’s Guide to Contemporary Architecture.

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. Victoria joined the AA Council in 2016 and is member of the Finance and Resources Committee and the Estates and Infrastructure Committee.

Read more

Nominations 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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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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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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DAN MARKS

Dan Marks is the founder and principal of Aris Marks Ltd, a business that helps media and entertainment clients to define brand and commercial strategies and support their commercial negotiations. Dan has substantial executive and non-executive experience having been Deputy Managing Director of British Telecom’s Consumer division and previously Deputy CEO of Universal Studios Networks Worldwide. Prior to that, he co-founded and was the General Director of TV3-Russia, the Russian commercial terrestrial broadcast group. Dan started his career as a documentary film producer and director.

He is a non-executive director of the Hampstead Theatre. Dan joined the AA Council in 2017 and is a member of the Finance and Resources Committee and member of the Nominations Committee.

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