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The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is pleased to announce that the Privy Council has appointed two new lay members to serve on the Board. Nabila Zulfiqar and Ros Levenson took up office on 1 April 2013, succeeding Alex Galloway and Agnes Grunwald-Spier, who stood down at the end of March 2013 having completed their terms of office as Board members.

Nabila Zulfiqar, a solicitor with a degree in Business Law, is the Chief Adjudicator for the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Prior to that she was Council Solicitor at the General Teaching Council for England where she was responsible for providing legal advice to the Council and overseeing the casework function. She has advised on and presented cases in the magistrates, county and High courts and Court of Appeal; advised on governance, regulatory, legal and policy issues; procured and managed the delivery of external legal resource; and managed projects and conducted training for council members, colleagues and clients. She has extensive experience of civil litigation relating to the protection of vulnerable adults and children, and was Head of Children’s Legal Services (East) for Birmingham City Council. Nabila is also a school governor for a large primary school in Birmingham and chairs its Finance and Environment Committee, as well as a mentor for Mosaic, a charity that supports underachieving children to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

Ros Levenson has a long record of public service and voluntary appointments at board level, and is an independent researcher, evaluator, writer and policy consultant, working on a range of health and social care issues. She has published widely on topics including patients’ experience of services, patient and public involvement, age discrimination and medical professionalism. She is particularly interested in professional regulation and in enabling the voices of service users to be heard. Ros was a lay member of the General Medical Council from January 2009 to December 2012, and is currently a lay member of the National Research Ethics Advisors Panel (part of the Health Research Authority).

The Privy Council has also extended board member Beatrice Fraenkel’s term of office, which will now come to an end on 31 July 2014. Beatrice, who is the current Chair of the Board, was initially appointed in 2008 to fill a casual vacancy on the Board and in December 2010, was reappointed by the Privy Council to serve a further term of office.

Speaking after the appointments were announced, Chair Beatrice Fraenkel said:

“I am delighted that the Privy Council has appointed Nabila and Ros to the Board, and on the Board’s behalf, would like to extend a warm welcome to both of them. Their extensive experience in their own particular fields will bring a fresh perspective to our debates and decision making, and I look forward to working with them.

I would also like to thank both Alex and Agnes for their valuable contributions to the work not only of the Board, but also to that of the Investigations Committee, and Alex in particular for his sterling work as Chair of that Committee. We wish them well for the future.

For my own part, I am honoured that the Privy Council has extended my appointment, and I look forward to continuing to serve the Board for the remainder of my term.”

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