This year’s MemCom awards ceremony will see the launch of the new leadership award on 21 May.
That the leadership of professional bodies is not always sufficiently recognised was brought to mind poignantly by the sad passing of Louis Armstrong, former Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) CEO, earlier this year and reflection on his many achievements.
A new award in his name will be announced at the MemCom awards, an event that recognises excellence across many areas of membership organisation achievement.
RICS Chief Executive, Dr Sean Tompkins, said: ‘Louis’ service as CEO of RICS from 1998 to 2010 was marked with unprecedented progress. Under his inspirational leadership RICS made significant steps in the transition from a national organisation to an international profession. It is wholly fitting that this new award should be created in his name.
‘After leaving RICS, Louis continued to live our values when he founded Professions for Good, a consortium of the CEOs of leading professional bodies across all business sectors promoting the value and virtues of professionalism for business, the economy and society.’
This inaugural posthumous award for Louis will be introduced by Violetta Parylo, RICS Executive Director Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer and accepted by his widow, Mrs Miriam Armstrong.
From 2016 and annually thereafter the award will be presented as ‘The Louis Armstrong Award for outstanding leadership of a UK professional body’ based on the decision by a panel of chief executives who will consider all nominations.