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Have you ever thought about joining the Board of a public body, contributing your skills and experience in order to hold a regulator to account?  If this sounds interesting, please read on, this opportunity may be for you.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is recruiting three new lay Board members to join the Architects Registration Board (ARB).  ARB is the UK’s statutory regulator of architects, it maintains the Register of architects and regulates the profession to maintain standards.  The organisation’s purpose is to protect the public.  The Board holds ARB to account, ensuring that it delivers on its legal obligations.  It also sets the strategic direction for the organisation.

The DCLG is looking for lay members.  Lay in this context means that they are looking for members of the public, and not architects or members of the profession.  These appointments are being advertised on the Cabinet Office’s Public Appointments website and lay Board Members are appointed by the Privy Council.  Board Members fulfil a public service role and sign up to abide by the principles of public life and ARB’s code of conduct.  Members are appointed for a four year term and they receive remuneration in the form of an attendance allowance of £250 per day for their time.  For more information about the role of Board Members as well as the skills required please visit the following link: http://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/architects-registration-board-member/  There will also be an open evening on Thursday 14 January 2016, this will be an opportunity to find out more about what the role involves.  This information session will take place at ARB’s office at 8 Weymouth Street, London, W1W 5BU.

Karen Holmes, the Registrar and Chief Executive, said, ‘Board Members fulfil an important role, leading the organisation.  Diversity in Board Membership is a great strength, the differences in the backgrounds and skills of Board Members facilitates effective leadership and oversight.  We are keen to encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates.’

Beatrice Fraenkel, the Chair of the Board said, ‘I can say from experience, that being a Board Member of a public body is an important and rewarding undertaking.  Those who become Board Members can expect to make an important contribution to the governance of a regulator, including practical matters such as the implementation of legislation and oversight of policies and finances.  There is great value in the different experiences and specialisms of Board members, it is these differences which leads to constructive debate and robust decisions.  I would urge all those who are interested to find out more and consider applying, you might be just the person we are looking for.’

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