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About the RICS Foundation

The RICS Foundation is a world wide charitable Foundation https://kwakol.co.za. We seek to enhance the quality of the built and natural environments for the benefit of all, and are committed to ensuring that sustainability is an intrinsic part of all that we do.

  • What and who we are
  • What we do
  • Our history

    The RICS Foundation was formed by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2000. The RICS Foundation is independent of the RICS.

    The RICS can be contacted as follows:
    email: customerservices@rics.org.uk
    telephone: +44 (0) 870 333 1600

    What and who we are

    The RICS Foundation is a not for profit company limited by guarantee, registered in Wales and England, UK, registered number 4044051. It is also a charity, registered number 1085587. It is governed by a Board of Directors like any other company but, as a not for profit company, there are no share holders and any surpluses are recycled back into delivering the aims and objectives of the company. Our Directors also double as Trustees of the charity https://www.kwakol.co.za.

    The Board is chaired by Paul Orchard-Lisle CBE TD DL MA FRICS and the Foundation has as its Patron, His Grace the Duke of Westminster OBE TD DL. A full list of Trustees is available here.

    The RICS Foundation has a small staff group: Stephen Brown (Director of Research), Seyone Kandiah (Accounts Controller) and Penny Wilcock (Company Secretary and Office Manager).

    What we do

    The RICS Foundation raises awareness about issues of concern within the built and natural environments, both urban and rural. We support and promote research and disseminate the results of this and other work as we try to influence policy at all levels in a way that reflects our aims and objectives.

    The RICS Foundation also advises and supports other charitable organisations, including the RICS Education Trust 

    Our way of working is to try, at all times, to work with those who support our aims and objectives. Whilst we are not afraid to lead on an issue, we feel that collaborating and cooperating with other organisations is a more effective way of using our resources and of implementing and maintaining change http://kwakol.co.za.

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    Our history

    The RICS Foundation grew from an idea that first saw the light of day in 1998. The then President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Richard Lay, posited the idea that the RICS, a 130 year old professional body, predominantly focussed on and in the UK, should re-invent itself as a major international body, devoted to matters of the professions dealing with surveying elements of the built and natural environments, across the globe.

    Richard Lay's report triggered a concept called "Agenda for Change". Full details of all this are contained in the RICS web site. His basic premise was that there needed to be a high level of expertise and recognition for all aspects of the work done by the RICS. One element of that work, research, was a good basis for further development. This idea was progressed by the then Vice President, Jonathan Harris, in his eponymous Harris Report. In this, the concepts of status and focus were developed, key reasons for pursuing the research agenda through a world wide RICS Foundation.

    The end result was a task force, chaired by Simon Kolesar then senior Vice President of the RICS and made up from a wide range of experts in the field. The intention was to explore the setting up of a research foundation.

    This was born formally in January 2000, when the RICS Research Foundation was launched together with a major tranche of research on what the future would hold for how we live, work and play. The scenario planning used in this initial research remains a main research process within our current work.

    After much discussion with the Charity Commission in the UK, it was agreed that an amendment to the wholly research focussed original idea was needed, better to reflect charitable law. It is this that became the RICS Foundation.

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