RUPERT Toovey is standing down as chairman of the RICS Art and Antiques faculty in order to train as a worker priest in the Church of England.
He was keen to stress to ATG that he will continue to run his
family firm of auctioneers in Washington, West Sussex and confirmed
his long-term commitment to the profession.
Mr Toovey follows in the footsteps of Johnathan Meyer, another
previous chairman who has also become a man of the cloth.
He told ATG: "It has been a privilege to serve my profession as
the RICS chairman and I look forward to continuing to raise
people's awareness of the high standards and expertise within our
profession especially to those considering a career in arts and
He announced his departure at the annual RICS conference, which
was held in Sussex on October 12-14 and included a study day at
Parham House near Storrington, a tour of Goodwood House near
Chichester, and a gala dinner at the Pallant House Gallery in
Under Mr Toovey's chairmanship, achievements included developments
at Kingston University where an MA qualification can now be studied
over one or two years, and progress with the planned new BA Honours
degree which should accept its first students in September
The incoming RICS chairman is Chris Ewbank of Ewbanks Auctioneers
in Surrey who was formerly chairman of the Society of Fine Art
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