Ripoll was backed by 65% of shareholders, who wanted him to pursue a more active policy in Europe. The appointments reflect Aukett's drive to capitalise on its offices and joint ventures around the continent.
Beckers, 44, is a Belgian architect who was one of the key figures alongside Ripoll in replacing the old board. He has been a partner of the Brussels architect Art & Build since 1999 and was already a non-executive director at Aukett Group.
Heese, 56, is a German registered architect, and is owner and chief executive of Architekturburo Heese GmbH in Munich.
He has been associated with Aukett Group in the past decade through a number of joint ventures.