This month RICS will join with many millions around the world in celebration of the coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla at Westminster Abbey in London.
Ever since Her Majesty Queen Victoria granted our original charter in 1881, RICS has enjoyed a special bond with the sovereign as our patron, working tirelessly to fulfil our purpose to promote the usefulness of the profession for the benefit of society. Much has changed in the more than 140 years that have passed since those early days of our organisation, but the public service values enshrined in our charter and the commitment of RICS professionals to put themselves and their skills in the service of society are unwavering.
On behalf of the Institution and all RICS members, I offer heartfelt good wishes to King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla on this happy occasion.
Spring was very much in the air during my recent visit to meet RICS members and students in Glasgow, where the Technology and Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde kindly hosted the RICS Scotland Conference. We heard views from expert speakers covering the important topic of sustainability, including a fascinating exploration of how politics and government regulation influence progress on ESG and on meeting critical milestones in our journey to net zero.
I also enjoyed talking with students – from Strathclyde and further afield – about their hopes for the future and the merits of working in the built environment. Time and again, whenever I speak with young people, I am impressed by the strong sense of purpose that motivates their career plans. It was heartening to see them recognise the many opportunities our sector offers to make a positive difference in the world. I wish them and all the delegates I met the best in their future endeavours.
Elsewhere, I was pleased to read the latest update from the Member Services Steering Group (MSSG), which brings together RICS members and staff to move forward aspects of transformation related to member engagement, experience and value. While much work remains to be done, there has been excellent progress on embedding greater transparency on how RICS spends member fees, securing greater budget and autonomy for World Regional Boards to deliver more relevant activity for their local membership, as well as improving member communications.
A reminder that you can make your views known on any aspect of RICS performance and share your priorities for the future by participating in the Survey of the Profession. The survey is open until 5 June and may be accessed using the invitation link emailed directly to members. Your views are essential to the success of our transformation, so do please continue to share your feedback and help ensure RICS delivers the right support to enhance and champion your vital work.