Our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors are part of a regionally based network that play a key role in raising awareness of our cause within the wider architectural profession and in leading regional fundraising initiatives.

Their role involves liaising with practices and local representatives of professional membership organisations and schools of architecture. 

Find out more about the role or register your interest in becoming an ambassador here.

Current Ambassadors:

  • Neil - Architect, East Midlands
  • Gary  - Architectural Technologist, Scotland
  • Alina - Architect, Northern Ireland
  • Eddie - Architectural Technologist, Northern Ireland
  • Michael - Architect, Scotland
  • Peter - Architect, London
  • David - Architectural Technologist, North East

Neil Scroxton, ABS AmbassadorNeil Scroxton, Architect – East Midlands Ambassador

“Working with the ABS is an opportunity to give back to a community of people, friends and colleagues who give so much to me.  I love my job and as an Architect and employer. The interactions I have with people and the positive energy that is created throughout our industry makes each day enjoyable…  Ok, makes most days enjoyable…  But if I were to lose that, if illness or injury were to take the tools of my trade away and make it impossible to work, it would break my heart.  Beyond that, the fiscal burden would just be salt in the wound. 

Being able to offer support during such difficult time helps to lighten the load and frees the mind of worry and that is why I jumped at the chance to spread the good word…  Oh, and they wanted to call me an Ambassador which made me feel very important, and kind of swung it for me really!”

Gary Mees - Architectural Technologist, Scotland

"It’s an absolute pleasure and honour to be asked to be an ABS Ambassador.

As a Chartered Architectural Technologist working in the built environment for over four decades and being blessed with full employment over that period I would like to help those who for various reasons have not been so fortunate.

CIAT celebrates architecture in an inclusive manner, much like the work of ABS, and therefore I am fortunate be asked to take on this appointment to promote the work of ABS throughout the UK. As the Institutes President for 2017, I have the opportunity to deliver the message to all the Regions of our institute and will endeavour to work with our fellow professional bodies to raise awareness and funds for ABS, I am looking forward to the challenge."

Alina Holyst, ABS AmbassadorAlina Holyst, Architect – Northern Ireland Ambassador

"I am honoured to join the Society as a Northern Ireland Ambassador. I have a deep understanding of difficulties that the architectural profession can face as I was one of the beneficiaries. 

I faced a number of challenges during the recession. My struggle was compounded by a very unfortunate family events and long term illness. With continued help from the Society I finally resolved my issues. 

Currently I am a RIBA Chartered Architect and Urban Planner. I am accomplished in working with international stakeholders and I lecture at the Queen’s University Belfast. I am a board member of a number of architectural organisations in Northern Ireland and work as a project architect on exciting schemes in County Down. 

My involvement with the Society is not only reciprocal, it is a friendship."

Eddie Weir, ABS AmbassadorEddie Weir, Architectural Technologist – Northern Ireland Ambassador

“It is a pleasure and an honour to be an ABS Ambassador.

I am a Chartered Architectural Technologist and a Practice Principal and currently hold the positions of CIAT Vice-President Practice and Chairman of the Northern Ireland Region.   

Those who know me know I am passionate and proud of my Institute and my profession. This passion is a huge motivator and is the reason why I give my time so freely to the issues that are close to me.

We are forward thinking modern professionals, we’re ambitious, we’re driven and we must be adaptable to keep up to date with the future trends while we practice - in which most times can be a demanding environment. For some these demands can take their toll and can detrimentally manifest themselves in many forms. It is absolutely incredible to know that the Society is here to offer help and support to those in our profession who may be experiencing difficult times. For this, I shall continue as always to promote the incredible support that ABS offers to our architectural professions.”

Michael Dougall, ABS AmbassadorMichael Dougall, Architect – Scotland Ambassador

“I am an architect living and working in Glasgow, Scotland. I served as the President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects between 2014 - 2016 and it was during discussions at a GIA Awards Dinner that a decision was made to increase the ABS fundraising effort from Scotland. A challenge was set down and after months of planning and training I coaxed a team of 11 architects into cycling the 550 miles between the RIAS, Edinburgh and the RIBA, London in just four days. 

The highlight of the trip was the warm welcome we received from the ABS team as we pedalled into Portland Place on a sunny September evening. Since completing the RIAS - RIBA challenge I have also ran the 2016 Edinburgh marathon with a team of architects from across Scotland. I hoped that through participating in and completing these fundraising challenges I have raised the profile of the ABS in Scotland. I have the utmost respect for the staff who work tirelessly to support our fellow professionals and I am now very proud to be part of the team in my role as Ambassador.”  

Peter Watkins, ABS AmbassadorPeter Watkins, Architect – London Ambassador

“Being asked to be an Ambassador for the Architects Benevolent Society is a tremendous honour as I have witnessed at close hand the difference the Society makes in lives of the people and families they support. 

The Construction industry is often seen as a barometer for the economy and this can place the members of our profession in challenging circumstances, especially within the current turbulent climate.

Through Pollard Thomas Edwards’s work organising the Society’s annual Chicken Run in 2015 and 2016, I saw the dedication and commitment of its members of staff.  My role as an ABS Ambassador gives me the opportunity to spread the word of this tireless work to a greater audience to ensure that the help they give can continue for all future generations of architects and technicians.

I am also an Associate at Pollard Thomas Edwards, a member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects and RIBA North London Steering Group. It is through these memberships that I hope to broaden the Society’s reach to the architectural student population and members of the profession.”

David Adams, ABS AmbassadorDavid Adams, Architectural Technologist – North East Ambassador

“As an Ambassador I plan to engage with members of the profession and focus on growth of interest in the Northumberland and North East region. I aim to bring in donations to the Society and promote the support it can offer to the professions members or their families in times of need.

I first became aware of the existence of the Society through my activities with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.  One of our Committee members, the late Marjorie Smith, was very involved as a trustee for the charity and represented our institute for many years. Her enthusiasm has encouraged me to become more involved as a volunteer for ABS.”

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