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ARB is pleased to announce that the Privy Council has appointed Arun Singh OBE FRSA to the Board as a successor to David Jones, who is standing down after having served for two consecutive three year terms. Mr Singh’s appointment will run from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2015. As well as this new appointment, the Privy Council has also reappointed three of the Board’s existing lay members, Peter Coe, Alan Jago and Neil Watts for a second three-year term. Their terms of office will run from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2015.

Chair Beatrice Fraenkel commented:

“I am delighted to welcome our new Board member, Arun Singh. He will be a worthy successor to David Jones, who we must say goodbye to after dedicating six years to the Board’s service. The Board has benefited considerably from David’s extensive knowledge of construction law, and he will be greatly missed. We are fortunate that we now have Arun to fill the gap that David is leaving.

I am equally as pleased that the Privy Council has reappointed three of our existing lay members: Peter Coe, Alan Jago and Neil Watts. As well as bringing a wealth of experience to the Board, Peter, Alan and Neil will give us a degree of continuity in Board membership, following on from the changes in personnel that have been brought about by the recent architect elections to the Board. I am looking forward to cementing strong relationships with all of our new Board members, and ensuring that the transition to a differently-constituted Board is a smooth one.”

Notes for Editors

Arun Singh OBE FRSA is an international lawyer he was formerly a partner of Masons (now Pinsent Masons) and Head of International Commercial Law at KPMG Legal. He has specialised in Construction and Engineering Law and cross border legal and regulatory matters. He has a wide range of Board experience working as a partner and non-executive director in the public sector for UKTI, advisory groups at the Foreign Office and BIS (as DTI) and of two international investment funds, one listed on the London Stock Exchange, chairing the Audit Committee and Investment Committee. He has a focus on professional business insight and corporate governance. He is a Visiting Professor in International Business, Leadership and Negotiations to Salford University Business School, Manchester, Visiting Lecturer to the Moller Centre for Executive Education, and Associate of Moller PSFG, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, and Manchester Business School. He has undertaken post graduate studies in intercultural Management at the Judge Business School, Cambridge and completed studies in Notarial Practice. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was appointed an OBE in January 1999 for services to international trade and investment.

Peter Coe graduated from York University in 1970 with a degree in mediaeval history. He initially worked as conservation officer to the Council for the Care of Churches before commencing as a national trainee in NHS management. He continued to direct archaeological sites for the Department of the Environment until 1976 when his NHS responsibilities prevented taking his annual leave in the summer season! By 1982 he had been appointed deputy to the Chief Executive at North West Thames Regional Health Authority with responsibilities for both service and capital planning, as well as introducing into the Region the Public Accounts Committee’s requirements for Public Accountability of Health Authorities. During the 1990s, he was a member of several NHS working groups including the government’s working party on the role and function of “the health authority” and the Chief Medical and Chief Nursing Officer’s joint working group on clinical skills assessment and appraisal. He was Chief Executive to North and East Hertfordshire Health Authorities from 1988 to 1992 when he was appointed as Chief Executive to East London and the City Health Authority. He was seconded to manage the Prison Health Service in 1999 and in 2000 retired from the NHS. He commenced as Registrar of the General Optical Council in 2001 and was responsible for the introduction of the Council’s recommended new Regulatory framework which reflected the Government’s White Paper on the regulation of health care professionals. An enthusiastic participant in the European Committee for Opticians, he assisted in the development of a European recommended Code of Professional Practice as well as a European wide process for Continuous Education and Training. After his retirement from the GOC, he was awarded, in 2009, the taught MA in archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London. Since then he has been undertaking research in the issues relating to the regulation of listed buildings and conservation areas. He intends to complete his doctoral thesis by 2013. He continues to have an avid interest in health care and particularly optical care. He is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectaclemakers and was appointed Independent Adjudicator of the UK domiciliary eye-care service in 2011.

Professor Alan Jago was educated at the University of Southampton and University College, London. He has recently retired as Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Westminster. He was formerly Dean of one of the ten Schools of the University, the School of Architecture and the Built Environment and Professor of Urban Development. Prior to joining Westminster he worked at Middlesex University and also in a number of local government posts in the UK and Sweden. His research interests include education for sustainable development and comparative public policy. He serves as a reviewer, assessor and auditor for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, a role he has undertaken for the last ten years, involving scrutiny of many British higher education institutions. He has served on a number of professional committees and working groups involved in higher education and built environment research.

Neil Watts took a degree in Economics from Cambridge University and, forsaking the attractions of a career in finance, trained as a teacher at the University of Leicester. He ‘learned his craft’ at King Henry VIII School, Coventry and then moved up the career ladder in Essex and Suffolk with a series of steps as Head of Department, Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Headteacher. In this role of Deputy Head he had the opportunity to work with local and national architects on the rebuilding of the ‘flagship’ school of Suffolk County Council – Northgate High School, Ipswich. Following this he moved to become Headteacher of Sudbury Upper School before returning to Northgate as Head in 1992. Following retirement from Headship, he moved to a consultant head role within Suffolk County Council in September 2009, combining that with his position as a Board member of Ofqual. He has recently joined the Press Complaints Commission as a Public Commissioner.

ARB is the statutory body established by Parliament under the Architects Act 1997 to regulate the UK architects’ profession in the public interest. Board members serve for a term of three years. They can, if re-elected or re-appointed, serve for two consecutive terms, six years in total. A Board member who has held office for a continuous period of six years may not be elected or appointed as a member until at least three years have elapsed since he or she last held office. Board members receive an allowance of £250 per day or part thereof spent on Board business.

Appointments to the Board are made in accordance with the Office of Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) Code of Practice. All appointments are made on merit, and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. None of the four lay appointees have declared any such political activity.

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