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Alison White has now taken up her place as Chair of ARB’s new all-appointed Board.

Commenting on her appointment Alison said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as ARB’s new Chair and would like to congratulate my fellow Board members on their appointment.

We will be working together in the context of a number of strategic challenges to review our regulatory approach and to build successful relationships with our registrants and stakeholders.”

Alison is an experienced Chair and Non-Executive Director with a wealth of regulatory experience including her other roles as Chair of the General Osteopathic Council and Lead Non-Executive Director for the Wales Office.

Appointed by the Privy Council alongside five architect and five lay members, Alison’s initial tenure is for three years.  All Board members are eligible for re-appointment for a total period of up to eight years subject to satisfactory performance.

Karen Holmes, Registrar and Chief Executive of ARB, said: “Alison brings with her strong strategic, financial and commercial skills that will be particularly relevant to ARB at a time of regulatory change in a number of areas.

I look forward to working with Alison and supporting her in realising her vision for ARB.”

More information on the role of ARB’s Board can be found here.  Further details about individual members will follow shortly.



Notes for Editors

  • ARB has a Board 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.
  • Board members, including the Chair, have been appointed for varying tenures of either two, three or four years. This is to facilitate the smooth running of the Board by avoiding a significant number of members being replaced at one time.
  • The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is the statutory body established by Parliament under the Architects Act 1997 to regulate the UK architects’ profession in the public interest. Among other duties, the Act requires ARB to:
    • Maintain the Architects Register
    • Prescribe the qualifications needed to become an architect in the UK
    • Issue a code laying down the standards of professional conduct and practice expected of architects
    • Investigate allegations of unacceptable professional conduct or serious professional incompetence
    • Investigate and where appropriate prosecute unregistered individuals who unlawfully call themselves an architect

For more  information please contact Kate Howlett, our Communciations Lead, on 020 7580 5861 or by email at