I started my company as soon as I completed university studies and I have never looked back
Meet Simone de Gale, the proud owner of Simone de Gale Architects! She is running in this year’s RIBA elections to be a National Council Member. She has been in this role for the last three years, helping to transform the RIBA and build a better RIBA for its members. Simone notes “I would really like to ask your members who are RIBA registered to read my Election Statement and if it fits their aspirations for the RIBA, then please vote for me when the ballot opens on 14th July 2020!”
I hope you are well and Staying Alert.
Over the last three years, I have been RIBA National Council Member. This was my first time with remit of Trustee, and in this period of time, I have accomplished considerable achievement for RIBA.
In 2017, I was selected to join the Finance and Operations committee. Within this role, I monitored RIBA budgets and business plan goals. I reported to John Assael (Honorary Treasurer) who commended my work. In 2018, I participated as a group of six FOC members to complete the largest financial negotiation RIBA has ever upheld within its 186 years. Project Williams. We negotiated 100% sale of RIBA Enterprises, which delivered a cash injection of £59million into RIBA, as well as 42.5% share and £30million loan notes in a newly formed associated company. This enriched RIBA’s financial position to invest in better services, and benefits for members, as well as retain sustainability of RIBA as a charitable organization. We worked very hard negotiating best terms for the RIBA.
In late 2018, I was selected to become Chairwoman of RIBA Audit and Oversight Committee. I still hold this rank today. Within my remit, I work closely with my committee members, who consist of a finance expert and established architects, to shape the future of RIBA, by scrutinising expenditure, investment programmes, staff retention and member services. My committee members state they are content with my Chairmanship.
As a caring, innovative black female, I have pushed the boundaries of expectation through my hard work, successes, and influence and I would like to continue my tenure for the next three years, to fully implement the aspirations I hold for our RIBA. To position the RIBA as a viable charity, to serve its members.
Please vote for me.
About Simone De Gale
Simone started her own company as soon as she completed university studies and has never looked back! Now her architect practice is an award-winning practice and have projects in London and internationally ranging from one-off homes and office to full masterplans! She studied Art and Mathematics at A level. At university she took to the path to become a qualified Architect and notes the following qualifications are required to be a fully qualified Architect; Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Professional Diploma in Architecture, Full Qualification Architecture
On why she chose her career path as an architect
"I had always decided when I was very young that I was going to be an Architect. My Grandfather was an Architect in Jamaica, and my Dad and uncles worked in construction in London. I was always around amazing properties and carpentry as a child."
On advice, she would give to someone pursuing this career.
"I would say definitely be good at Art and Mathematics and work hard!"
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