The RICS

Jonathan joined the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) at the age of 17 and rose through the ranks to become its President in 2000/2001. Over the years he has played an important role in shaping the work and structure of the organisation. He led the RICS team that successfully absorbed into the Institution the Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers.

When Vice-President he sat as a member of the Bank of England Property forum; was a member of the Technical Advisory Group – modernising stamp duty – Inland Revenue; and was a member of the profession’s working group that was part of the Council for Excellence in Management and Leadership.

Whilst Vice-President he was a member of the Agenda for Change leadership team. He was the author of two strategic policy documents – The Future Role of the RICS (The Harris Report) and Victorian to Virtual. These papers were the catalyst for refocussing the RICS from a predominantly UK only professional body into a global player. During his presidential year he founded RICS China and RICS USA.

The Harris Debate

The annual CPD Foundation Harris Debate was established by RICS to recognise Jonathan’s unique contribution to CPD, further education and lifelong learning.

Each subject is around the theme of “Ethics” and so far the debates have been chaired by Lord Bichard of Nailsworth KCB.

 

Harris Debate 2018

What future for professions in a world of algorithms?

14th November, 6pm-9pm, RICS

In today’s world of artificial intelligence, machine learning, algorithms and increased use of technology by all, we explore what the future looks like for professionals.

Find out more.

 

Previous

14th November 2017 – Which Public, Whose Advantage?

Speakers:

  • Kenan Malik – Lecturer and Broadcaster
  • Phillip Blond – Director, ResPublica
  • Francesca Berriman MBE – CEO, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

16th November 2016 – Ethics, Competition and Growth: Where Are We Now?

Speakers:

  • Philippa Foster Back OBE – Director, Institute of Business Ethics
  • Tatiana Bosteels – Director Responsibility and Head of Responsible Investment, Hermes Investment
  • Peter Bolton King – Global Property Standards, RICS

16th November 2015 – Ethics and the Public Interest: Who, Why and How

Speakers:

  • Chris Yapp – International Futures Forum
  • Antony Townsend – Chair of the UK and Ireland Regulatory Board of RICS

19th November 2014 – “Trust Me I’m a Professional”: Recovering Integrity, Regaining Trust

Speakers:

  • Steve Kenzie – Director, UN Global Compact UK
  • Michael J Hershman – President and CEO, Fairfax Group

14th November 2013 – Ethics: Lost in Translation?

Speakers:

  • Philippa Foster Back OBE – Director, Institute of Business Ethics
  • Ken Creighton – Director of Professional Standards, RICS
  • Robert Barrington – Executive Director, Transparency International UK