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Samantha Peters has been named as a new temporary Lay Board member, and will start on 1 April for a 12-month period.

The ARB Board agreed the appointment at a meeting on Tuesday 28 March.

Samantha Peters is a management practitioner with some 20 years’ experience of leading organisations which represent the interests of professionals, their clients and the wider public.  She was Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Optical Council, the UK’s regulator for optical professionals and businesses, from 2011 to 2017. She is currently a lay director at the British Acupuncture Council and the British Dietetics Association.

Ms Peters has also been appointed as a lay member of ARB’s People Committee.

The ARB Board is made up of 11 members, all appointed by the Privy Council. This includes one independent, non-executive Chair and ten non-executive Board members made up of five members of the public and five architects. A Board member’s tenure cannot exceed eight years (whether consecutive or not).

More information on the role of ARB’s Board can be found here.



Please note that Members of ARB’s Board, including its chair, are appointed by the Privy Council after consultation with the Secretary of State and such other persons or bodies as the Privy Council thinks fit.


The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is an independent professional regulator, established by Parliament as a statutory body, through the Architects Act, in 1997. It is accountable to government. The law gives ARB a number of core functions:

  • To ensure only those who are suitably competent are allowed to practise as architects. ARB does this by approving the qualifications required to join the UK Register of Architects.
  • ARB maintains a publicly available Register of Architects so anyone using the services of an architect can be confident that they are suitably qualified and are fit to practise.
  • ARB sets the standards of conduct and practice the profession must meet and take action when any architect falls below the required standards of conduct or competence.
  • ARB protects the legally restricted title ‘architect’

For questions and information requests, please contact the ARB Policy & Communications team at