Given the disparity between the global ambitions of the RICS as an international regulatory body and the specific requirements of a small group of professional art and antique auctioneers and valuers within its membership, perhaps the present stalemate should come as no surprise.
But it is surprising that the RICS executive is not more
embarrassed by its inability to cater for an important minority
Better things were promised. Eleven years ago when the
Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers (a smaller
organisation but with a larger number of art and antique
specialists) merged with the RICS, the then president of ISVA Ian
Loncaster thought it was particularly good news for the fine arts
and chattels specialists.
"The new structure will provide professionals with a natural
home and make it easier for the public to identify the source of
their professional qualification," he said. It was hoped that they
would be better resourced by the larger organisation, but this has
The cost of putting on CPD events has increased, while the
quality and numbers attending have fallen. The number of new
members in this speciality has slowed to a trickle.
Such things are of real concern to the 12 professional members
on the representative board, all of whom are proud of their RICS
qualification and wish to see new generations qualify and practise
to the highest possible standards.
When these, their most enthusiastic and supportive members, feel
compelled to preface their list of concerns with a reference to "a
long period of frustrating obfuscation and bureaucratic obstruction
to the declared and minuted aims of the current board and its
previous incarnations" there is a problem, and the RICS should
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