Architects Registration Board (ARB) Chair

Body: Architects Registration Board
Appointing Department: Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Regulation
Location: National. We are very interested in receiving applications from those based outside the London/South East area. The ARB’s offices are based in London however, meetings may take place in other locations around the UK or via video conferencing.
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £525 per day
Time Requirements: Circa 75 days per annum

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    May 2022 (TBC)


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is seeking to appoint a non-executive Chair to the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

Those who serve on the boards of public bodies play a vital role in the life of this country, whether by improving the delivery of public services or providing independent advice to Government. Many people from a wide range of backgrounds across the whole of the UK participate in public life by being members of the boards of public bodies. They are involved in making decisions that develop, shape or deliver government policy and public services.

The attached candidate pack sets out the requirements for the Chair’s position along with information on the work of the Architects Registration Board and the appointment process.

About the Architects Registration Board

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) was established in 1997 by the Architects Act and regulates over 44,000 architects.  ​​

Under the Act, ARB’s responsibilities are to: ​​

  • Maintain the Architects Register, a tool anyone can use to confirm whether someone is a UK architect 
  • Set the education and training requirements for architects, and recognise qualifications so that architects can join the Register 
  • Ensure only appropriately qualified applicants from the UK and overseas join the Register 
  • Set and enforce the professional standards expected of UK architects  
  • Take action against those who call themselves an architect illegally. ​​

ARB employs 43 staff, led by a Chief Executive and Registrar who is also ARB’s Accounting Officer, and has an annual budget of circa £7 million. 

From 2022, ARB will be in the first year of a bold and ambitious five-year strategy. It sets out how the ARB intends to respond to these and other challenges, playing a crucial role in areas such as initial education and training of architects.

About the role

The Chair has a responsibility to: 

  • lead the Board; establishing its overall strategic direction in line with its statutory objectives and functions; 
  • oversee the appointment and performance management of the Chief Executive and Registrar; 
  • build an effective and supportive relationship with the Chief Executive and Registrar, whilst respecting the boundaries which exist between the two roles; 
  • ensure that the Board’s policies and Rules are within the powers of the Architects Act 1997 and ARB’s governance frameworks reflect good practice and take into account guidance from the relevant government departments;  
  • model the values and inclusive culture of the ARB and adhere to the Nolan principles in public life; 
  • represent the views of the Board to the architects’ profession and to the general public and liaise with stakeholders;  
  • maintain regular contact with both the Board members and the Chief Executive and Registrar and develop and maintain open and supportive relationships with them; 
  • ensure that the work of the Board and its members is reviewed and is working effectively;  
  • ensure that Board members are fully briefed on terms of appointment, duties, declarations and conflicts of interest and responsibilities and that the executive works closely with the sponsor department to ensure Board vacancies are filled when they arise 
  • ensure that there is a Code of Practice for Board members in place consistent with the Cabinet Office Model Code; and  
  • ensure that each Board member has clear objectives, receives relevant training and is subject to a performance review process 

Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

  • Experience of chairing a board/committee. 
  • An ability to lead and drive transformational change. 
  • An ability to work in a fast paced, changing environment to ensure the board understand the wide ranging impacts on the organisation.  
  • An ability to understand and champion good governance at senior levels, in a regulated public sector environment. 
  • An ability to influence and inspire confidence in a wide range of stakeholders, internally and externally.   
  • A strong commitment to the value of diversity and difference, diversity of skills and experience and adherence to the Seven Principles of Public Life. 
Candidate Pack ARB Chair
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