‘Deeply spiritual’ President of Royal Institute of British Architects temporarily stepped down over fears lady claiming to be his mistress will reveal embarrassing particulars of their affair as he battles to avoid wasting his marriage
- Alan Jones, 55, instructed 180-year-old Riba that ‘matter had arisen’ in his private life
- Members of the institute have known as for better transparency in investigation
- Professor is married to dentist Laura, 54, and lives Randalstown, County Antrim
- A pal stated he’s ‘a spiritual man’ and is now ‘engaged on saving his marriage’
The ‘spiritual’ president of the Royal Institute of British Architects has temporarily stepped down over fears that his alleged mistress would disclose the small print of their sordid affair.
Alan Jones, 55, emailed members of the council on Thursday to say ‘a matter had arisen’ in his private life that meant he couldn’t keep on together with his duties as president.
Members of the 180-year-old institute have known as for better transparency as an investigation into whether or not Mr Jones used any of Riba’s funds to conduct his alleged affair continues.
Alan Jones, 55, (pictured) emailed members of the council on Thursday to say ‘a matter had arisen’ in his private life that meant he couldn’t keep on together with his duties as president
There have been no allegations of monetary misconduct and the girl concerned shouldn’t be an architect, studies recommend.
The Queen’s University Belfast professor is married to dentist Laura, 54.
The couple dwell with their two kids in Randalstown, County Antrim, the place he additionally works.
Mr Jones – who might be out of the publish for as much as six weeks – stated in his e-mail: ‘I’m grateful for the sturdy assist I’ve from my spouse and household.
‘I have to take a while out from my duties as president and could be grateful if everybody might respect our privateness.
The Queen’s University Belfast professor is married to dentist Laura, 54 (pictured collectively). The couple dwell with their two kids in Randalstown, County Antrim, the place he additionally works
‘I recognize this comes at a time when there are extraordinary calls for on everybody and I can solely ask that you just reinforce your assist to our workers and senior officers throughout this era.’
A pal, who requested to not be named, instructed The Times: ‘Alan is a spiritual man and is engaged on saving his marriage.
‘There was a relationship which ended and he believed that the opposite individual concerned would possibly make particulars of that relationship public.
‘The lady concerned shouldn’t be an architect and the institute has not obtained any criticism from any member or member of the general public.’
Following Jones’ e-mail, RIBA’s honorary secretary Kerr Robertson stated in an announcement: ‘RIBA president Alan Jones has introduced a delicate matter to our consideration which we’re investigating and, according to laws, we’ve got knowledgeable the Charity Commission.
Members of the 180-year-old institute (pictured) have known as for better transparency as an investigation into whether or not Mr Jones used any of Riba’s funds to conduct his affair continues
‘Alan Jones has temporarily stepped again from his day-to-day duties as RIBA president. It would not be acceptable for the RIBA to remark additional at this stage.’
‘We might be working as onerous as ever in the course of the President’s time away to make sure minimal disruption to the RIBA enterprise. The RIBA is led by a staff of devoted senior trustees and skilled workers, who will proceed to assist our members and characterize their pursuits on the highest ranges.’
A Charity Commission spokesman additionally stated: ‘The Royal Institute of British Architects has acted according to our steerage, by submitting a severe incident report back to the Commission in reference to the latest stepping down of the charity’s president.
‘We are at present assessing the charity’s response to this matter, to make sure that it’s being dealt with appropriately.’