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The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is pleased to announce the appointment of an Interim Registrar and Chief Executive.

Karen Holmes, whose appointment was approved by the Board at its meeting on 12 February 2014, will take up her post on 17 February.  Karen Holmes joined the ARB in 1999 as Head of Registration and has been Deputy Registrar since 2006.  She previously undertook the role of Acting Registrar for a six month period in 2006.

Commenting on her appointment, Karen said:

“I am delighted to be appointed as the Interim Registrar and Chief Executive of ARB, I look forward to ensuring the organisation continues to deliver its regulatory function effectively whilst at the same time contributing to the government’s periodic review.”

ARB Chairman Beatrice Fraenkel said:

“The Board is pleased to appoint Karen Holmes to the role of Interim Registrar and Chief Executive.  Karen is a highly capable and professional leader.  The Board is delighted that she has accepted this post which will provide the Board and the staff team with stability whilst we undergo the process of recruiting a new Registrar and Chief Executive.  I would like to congratulate Karen on her appointment.”

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Notes for Editors

1. Appointed by the Board in accordance with Part II, Section 2 of the 1997 Architects Act, the role of the Registrar encompasses, but is not restricted to:

. Ensuring the proper and timely delivery of ARB’s statutory functions under the 1997 Architects Act, and to be accountable to the Board for so doing

. Fulfilling the role of Chief Executive and principal policy adviser to the Board, ensuring the execution of existing policies, and assisting with the formulation and implementation of new policies

. Leading, motivating, planning and managing the Board’s staff, its resources and its activities

. Representing the interests of the Board in matters of policy and management, and developing effective working relationships with government departments, consumer organisations, the construction industry, the architects’ professional bodies, and other key stakeholders.

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