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Re-election of Nabila Zulfiqar as Chair and Richard Parnaby as Vice Chair of ARB

July 18, 2018 | News Release

Nabila Zulfiqar has been re-elected as Chair of the Board and will be supported in the post by Richard Parnaby who has been re-elected as Vice Chair, following an election conducted in accordance with ARB’s General Rules.

Nabila Zulfiqar has served as a lay Board Member with ARB since April 2013 and was first elected as Chair in March 2017. Nabila is a solicitor with an LLB (Hons) in Business Law and a regulatory specialist, with experience of governance and regulation across a range of sectors.

Richard Parnaby studied architecture and planning and has worked as an architect in Canada and Wales as well as teaching at several universities. He was the first chairman of the Design Commission for Wales that was established in 2002 by the Welsh government and is an active member of the RIBA.

Nabila Zulfiqar said “It is a privilege to Chair ARB and I welcome the opportunity to continue to do so and help deliver ARB’s ambitious programme at a time when continuity is important.”

Richard Parnaby said “I am delighted to have been re-elected as Vice-Chair of the Board and will use my knowledge of the profession that ARB regulates to support Nabila and my fellow Board members in overseeing the work of the organisation.”

Karen Holmes, Registrar and Chief Executive of ARB, said “Nabila and Richard bring with them valuable experience to support the effective operation of the Board. Their re-election provides welcome stability to our governance at a time when ARB is involved in a number of key regulatory activities, including preparing for Brexit and responding to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. I look forward to continuing to work with them to achieve our objectives of supporting architects through regulation and protecting users of architects’ services.”


Notes for Editors

ARB is the statutory body established by Parliament under the Architects Act 1997 to regulate the UK architects’ profession in the public interest. The Act requires ARB (among other things) to:

• Maintain the Register of Architects (Section 3)
• Prescribe qualifications for entry to the Register of Architects (Section 4)
• Deal with competence to practise (Section 9)
• Issue a Code which lays down standards of professional conduct and practice (Section 13)
• Regulate use of the title “architect” and prosecute those who use it unlawfully (Section 20)

ARB has a Board of 15 members, either elected or appointed, to represent the interests of consumers and users of architectural services.

Nabila Zulfiqar’s biography can be found here.
Richard Parnaby’s biography can be found here.
The General Rules which govern the Board’s work can be found here.

For further information, please contact Kate Howlett, Communications Lead on 020 7580 5861 or by email at

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