My first objective of my chairpersonship (a cumbersome word when trying to be politically correct) is to discover what the local members want and require from the RIBA local branch.
I, Bernard Humphrey-Gaskin, will be keen to develop a strong local representation of the RIBA for its members. However, this cannot be achieved just by wishful thinking. So it is my intention to meet with the local members, at a social gathering currently being organised for early next year by Lawrence Mawson, the newly elected branch secretary.
I, Bernard Humphrey-Gaskin, intend to have a questionnaire go out to local RIBA members to discover their wants and needs. I am trying to keep this a simple questionnaire with a maximum of five questions that we could easily analyse and then disseminate, in order to come up with an objective forward looking plan for the local Croydon, Bromley & Sutton RIBA branch. It's amazing how difficult it is to formulate just five simple questions that will have meaning and purpose, but I will get there.
I little bit about your new chairperson:
Bernard Humphrey-Gaskin is the head of practice for abp Chartered Architects. He qualified as an architect in 1987, and has a vast experience in the design and construction on various building types and has worked for notable practices such as RHWL, The Property Services Agency and WS Atkins.
Bernard Humphrey-Gaskin has run his own architectural business since 1991, and has worked in the educational, commercial and residential sectors. Bernard Humphrey-Gaskin also has experience in theatre projects, ecological and green design projects. As an expert party wall surveyor he is also a member of the Pyramus & Thisbe Club.
Bernard Humphrey-Gaskin’s other interests and activities include web design, making home movies and is a member of the internet based chess team “The Black Stallion International Chess Team”. He was also a Croydon school governor for over 12 years and is still involved with independent school appeal panels for the London Borough of Croydon. Bernard Humphrey-Gaskin has also been an active member of the architectural advisory design panel (TAP), for the London Borough of Bromley planning department for a considerable number of years.
If you are a local architect and are interested in what the RIBA has to offer you please contact me.