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Thomas McDermott joins the ARB Board

February 2, 2023 | News Release

Three other Board members are reappointed and ARB welcomes a Boardroom Apprentice for 2023


Following recommendations from the Rt Hon Lucy Frazer KC MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, ARB is pleased to announce that the Privy Council has appointed Thomas McDermott as a Lay Member of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for a four-year period, commencing on Monday 9 January 2023.

Three other Board members – Elena Marco, Liz Male and Will Freeman – have had their reappointments confirmed for a further four-year period.

The Board has also welcomed Shamoon Hussain through the Boardroom Apprentice scheme, which aims to support aspiring board members through a structured year-long development programme.

Alan Kershaw, Chair of ARB, said:

“I am delighted that Tom is joining us on the ARB Board. His extensive financial and managerial experience will be a great addition to the mix of skills and business expertise currently represented by our 11-strong Board. Our next Board meeting is on 15 February 2023 and I look forward to Tom bringing his skills to the important work we have been doing: to help architects and architecture be as good as they can be. I would also like to extend an enthusiastic welcome to Shamoon as our new Boardroom Apprentice and look forward to his presence and feedback in our meetings.”

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, and more information about Thomas McDermott and Shamoon Hussain can be found below.



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.

About Thomas McDermott: Thomas joins the Board as a lay member. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and brings to the Board experience in the areas of finance, audit, and risk management having held senior positions in the financial services, higher education and real estate sectors.

About Shamoon Hussain and the Boardroom Apprentice Scheme: Shamoon Hussain has recently been selected for the UK Boardroom Apprentice Scheme, which is sponsored by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. This 12-month scheme aims to support aspiring board members through a structured development programme. Shamoon is a senior operations manager for Anglian Water, overseeing operational activity across the east of England and has 17 years of leadership experience within the sector. He is also a chartered fellow with the Chartered Management Institute.


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 media@arb.org.uk