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Professional Conduct

Introduction

Members of the IHBC are required to conduct their professional activities in accordance with the institute’s Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct dictates that IHBC Members should act with competence, honesty and integrity, providing informed professional advice on behalf of the historic environment.

Given the wide range of factors shaping our historic places, not all members of the IHBC will provide the same recommendations under similar circumstances. However all members are required to be able to inform and justify their advice in line with relevant professional standards.

The IHBC’s professional standards operate under the oversight of the IHBC’s ruling Council. The Code of Conduct specifies the professional standards expected of IHBC members. The IHBC’s Code of Conduct may be downloaded here.

To lodge a complaint against the professional conduct of an IHBC member you must complete the complaint form available here (MS word) (PDF)

This form is for situations where a complainant believes an IHBC member has acted contrary to the professional standards of the Code of Conduct and wishes to pursue an allegation of improper conduct by lodging a formal complaint.

We do hope that before any formal complaint is made other avenues have been explored to resolve the issue and reach a settlement or understanding and the Institute is happy to help in this. Any informal queries or initial enquiries should be directed to admin@ihbc.org.uk, or addressed to Lydia Porter at IHBC, Jubilee House, High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6HA.

Disciplinary Proceedures

Members of the Institute of Historic Building (IHBC) are expected to abide by professional standards contained in the Institute’s Code of Conduct.

To lodge a complaint against the professional conduct of an IHBC member you must complete the complaint form available here (MS word) (PDF).

This form is for situations where a complainant believes an IHBC member has acted contrary to the professional standards of the Code of Conduct and wishes to pursue an allegation of improper conduct by lodging a formal complaint.

We do hope that before any formal complaint is made other avenues have been explored to resolve the issue and reach a settlement or understanding and the Institute is happy to help in this.

The Institute requests all parties to maintain confidentiality and will seek to ensure that all inquiries are treated in confidence, but it will not accept any liability arising from failure by any person to observe confidentiality. The complainant should be aware the complaint may be copied in its entirety to the IHBC Member who is being complained about.

Complaints should be made within a year of the conduct being complained about occurring.

Before completing this form you must read the IHBC’s Disciplinary Regulations, which are the means for the hearing and ruling by the Institute on allegations of improper conduct.

The IHBC’s Disciplinary Regulations Summary may be downloaded here.

The IHBC's Disciplinary Process flowchart may be downloaded here.

The IHBC’s Code of Conduct can be downloaded here.

The institute will not commence its proceedings until the end of any civil, criminal or other judicial proceedings related to an allegation of improper conduct. Please do not use this complaint form to report complaints which fall within the jurisdiction of a criminal court, civil court, industrial tribunal, Local Government Ombudsman or other duly appointed tribunal.

Code of Conduct




The object of this Code is to promote those standards of conduct and self-discipline required of a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation in the interests of the public and the protection of the built heritage.

The main object of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation is the promotion, for the benefit of the public, of the conservation of, and education and training in, the conservation and preservation of buildings, structures, areas, gardens and landscapes which are of architectural and historical interest and/or value in the United Kingdom. This built heritage of the United Kingdom, which is part of society's common heritage and which should be available to everyone, is, however, a limited and irreplaceable resource. It is therefore the duty of all members of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation to act for and to promote the protection of this built heritage.

Subscription to this Code of Conduct for individuals involved in the conservation and preservation of the built heritage assumes acceptance of these responsibilities. Those who subscribe to it and carry out its provisions will thereby be identified as persons professing specific standards of competence, responsibility and ethical behaviour in the pursuit of historic building conservation work.

This Code therefore indicates the general standard of conduct to which members of the Institute are expected to adhere, failing which its governing body may judge them guilty of conduct unbecoming to a member of the Institute and may reprimand, suspend or expel them. It is established under the terms of Article 7.3 of the Articles of Association of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and all members and affiliates shall subscribe to it. To this end the Council has agreed the following clauses giving more detail of the requirements of the Code, which requirements shall apply notwithstanding any permission or agreement to the contrary by or with any body or client employing or consulting any member.

  1. Those engaged in the conservation of historic buildings, areas and landscapes will adhere to the highest standards of ethical and responsible behaviour in the conduct of the conservation of such buildings and sites. Members shall conduct themselves in a manner which will not bring the conservation of the built heritage or the Institute into disrepute.
  2. Members shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, sex, creed, religion, disability or age in their professional activities and shall seek to eliminate such discrimination by others and to promote equality of opportunity.
  3. Members shall present historic buildings, areas and landscapes and the conservation and preservation thereof, in a responsible manner and shall avoid and discourage exaggerated, misleading or unwarranted statements about conservation matters.
  4. Members shall not offer advice, make a public statement or give legal testimony involving the conservation of the built heritage, without being as thoroughly informed on the matters concerned as might reasonably be expected.
  5. Members shall take all reasonable steps to maintain their professional competence throughout their working lives and shall comply with the Institute's continuing professional development regulations; as employers and managers, members shall take all reasonable steps to encourage and support other members in maintenance of professional competence and in compliance with the Institute's continuing professional development regulations.
  6. Members shall not undertake work for which they are not adequately and appropriately qualified and experienced. They should ensure that adequate support, whether of advice, personnel or facilities, has been arranged.
  7. Members shall not appropriate credit for work done by others, and shall not commit plagiarism in oral or written communication, and shall not enter into conduct that might unjustifiably injure the reputation of another individual engaged in the conservation of the built environment.
  8. Members shall not make or subscribe to any statements or reports which are contrary to their own bona fide professional opinions and shall not knowingly enter into any contract or agreement which requires them so to do.
  9. Members shall know and comply with all laws applicable to their conservation activities whether as employer or employee.
  10. Members shall abstain from, and shall not sanction in others, conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation in historic building conservation matters, nor knowingly permit the use of their name in support of activities involving such conduct.
  11. Members, in the conduct of their historic buildings conservation work, shall not offer or accept inducements which could reasonably be construed as bribes.
  12. Members shall respect the interests of employees, colleagues and helpers. They shall give due regard to the welfare of employees in terms of pay, conditions, security of employment, health and safety and career development.
  13. Members shall not reveal confidential information unless required by law; nor use confidential or privileged information to their own advantage or that of a third party.
  14. Members shall take account of the legitimate concerns of those others involved in the conservation and preservation of the built heritage.
  15. Members have a duty to ensure that this Code is observed throughout the membership of the Institute, and also to encourage its adoption by others.
  16. Those involved in the conservation of the built environment have a responsibility for its conservation, preservation and enhancement.
  17. Members shall strive to conserve and preserve historic buildings as an artistic, archaeological, academic, educational and economic resource and as a source of enjoyment now and in the future. Where such conservation is not possible they shall seek to ensure the creation and maintenance of an adequate record through appropriate means of research, recording and dissemination of results.
  18. Members shall seek to encourage owners and managers of historic buildings and sites to respect and enjoy their buildings and sites and consider repairs, alterations and extensions in a sensitive and caring manner.
  19. Members may, as part of their duties, legitimately work with salvaged building materials as long as the primary objective of the work is the conservation and preservation of the historic building or site and as long as they do not knowingly permit their names or services to be used in a manner which may promote the recovery and re-use of such salvaged material in deference to commercial interests.
  20. Members shall report to the Institute any alleged breach of this Code of which they become aware and thereafter assist the Institute in its investigations, subject to any restrictions imposed by law or the courts.
  21. Members who are the subject of complaint shall assist the Institute in its investigations to their utmost.
  22. Council shall discipline any member who, in the opinion of Council, is personally responsible for a contravention of this Code of Conduct; or who is, in the opinion of Council, personally guilty of gross professional misconduct or incompetence or of such conduct as to render him or her unfit to continue as a member of the Institute.

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