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Two new members join ARB Board

April 9, 2020 | News Release

We are pleased to announce that Stephen Brookhouse and Alan Kershaw have been appointed to our Board for an initial three month period.

These temporary appointments have been made by our Board and will cover an existing lay vacancy as well as an architect vacancy created by the recent retirement of Richard Parnaby at the end of March 2020.

Stephen Brookhouse (Architect Member)
Stephen is a chartered architect with over thirty years’ experience at a senior level in architectural practice and higher education. He has contributed to reviews of architectural education and is currently a professor of Architecture and Associate Head of College for External Relations at the University of Westminster. A former member of the ARB Investigations Panel and Professional Conduct Committee, Stephen has a particular interest in dispute resolution and is an accredited mediator.

Alan Kershaw (Lay Member)
Alan has specialised in professional regulation for over 30 years. He has worked in both executive and non-executive roles, and now serves as a lay member of a range of professional bodies. Alan is experienced in all areas of regulatory process, with particular focus on standards, education, governance and strategy.

Through their leadership, ARB Board members are responsible for maintaining the public’s trust and confidence in the integrity of both of the architects’ profession and ARB. More information on the role of ARB’s Board can be found here, further details about Stephen and Alan will be added shortly.

The appointments will help ensure a working quorum at a significant time for the regulation of architects, until the permanent recruitment process can be concluded by the Ministry of Housing, communities and Local Government. The appointments were made in line with the Board’s General Rules (section 11). Applications were considered by a selection panel made up and one lay and one architect member and our Board Chair.

Karen Holmes, Registrar and Chief Executive of ARB, said: “We are pleased to welcome Stephen and Alan to our Board. The whole ARB Team is looking forward to working with tour new members and benefiting from the range of experience they bring.



Notes for Editors

o 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
– Act as the UK’s Competent Authority for architects

o 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.

For further information please contact Kate Howlett (ARB Communications Manager) on 020 7580 5861 or by email at

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