The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
(RICS) announced last week its appointment of Thijs Stoffer
as the new independent chair of the RICS EMEA Regulatory Board
Previously the group functioned as a world regional advisory panel, but has now been elevated to full board status.
Formed in 2013, the group played a crucial role in supporting the Global Regulatory Board in the set-up of the strategic framework for the policies affecting RICS members and firms in the region.
Stoffer, who continues to serve as CEO of the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA)-a role he has occupied since 2008-has long been active in the real estate industry.
commitment to the field has stayed with him, while successfully developing his
own business as a managing director and owner of a consultancy firm in Europe working on numerous international information technology, e-commerce and web-based assignments in the real estate industry, telecommunications and other sectors.
"I'm very pleased to have been appointed as the EMEA Regulatory Board Chair and to have a front row seat to the industry's standard setting processes and the public policy interests in the EMEA region," said Stoffer
"By working with high standards of technical, ethical and professional competence, RICS members support the efficient running of property markets worldwide and embrace the external scrutiny of RICS Regulation.
I look forward to further contributing to the mission of protecting clients and consumers without increasing the regulatory burden on property businesses."
Led independently by a non-member, the new EMEA Regulatory Board demonstrates RICS' commitment to a professional, unbiased monitoring and oversight of its members.
leadership, the new EMEA Regulatory Board will lead the delivery of the RICS global regulatory policy to the region identifying the risks unique to the EMEA markets.
Stoffer will also sit as a member of the RICS Global Regulatory Board to bring a regional strategic perspective to the group's regulatory decisions and to create globalised perspective of regulation and ensure global consistency.