Sean Tompkins

Dr Sean Tompkins has been Chief Executive Officer of RICS since 1 September 2010 and with the organisation for ten years.


Sean Tompkins is primarily accountable for achieving RICS’ vision to be the leading worldwide professional body that sets and enforces professional standards across land, property and construction. He also leads an executive team of eight people.

Prior to becoming CEO, Sean was chief operating officer of RICS, accountable for leading a sustained programme of change across the organisation's operations which resulted in it becoming financially stable and capable of future investment, as well as global in its operational reach and brand positioning.

Sean has placed great focus on developing RICS’ brand from a traditional, trusted UK mark of property professionalism built on high standards and ethics to one of international significance. He has achieved this through a combination of his strong strategic marketing acumen and a systematic, market-driven approach to business planning.

He started his career in financial services and made his name initially in marketing and business development. With experience of building a brand and of markets around the world, he was head hunted to RICS.

Immediately prior to joining RICS, Sean was a director at Prudential Group, where he headed up the company’s retail and corporate marketing strategy, including its digital propositions. He was also a leading media spokesman as well as having responsibility for shareholder briefings. Sean was also part of Prudential’s team which led a number of mergers and acquisitions.

Sean holds independent non-executive appointments within the charitable and social enterprise sectors. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing, a business leader of the Marketing Society, a chartered insurer and a diploma holder of the Institute of Directors.

Dr Sean Tompkins supports our Governing Council in defining its strategic priorities and goals and is accountable to the Management Board for delivering the expected performance results defined by its annual operating plan.

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