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Privy Council rubberstamps Fraenkel's ARB reappointment

The Privy Council has reappointed Beatrice Fraenkel for a second three-year term of office as a lay member of the Architects Registration Board

Beatrice – who earlier in the year was returned unopposed as ARB’s chair following an internal election - said: ‘It is an honour to be reappointed to the Board, and I am grateful to the Privy Council for their confidence in me.  I am looking forward to my second term of office with as much enthusiasm as I had for my first term.

‘I am also pleased to maintain the continuity to develop and build on the strong foundations we laid last year.’

According to leaked documents seen by The Daily Telegraph, ARB is to avoid the bonfire of the quangos which will see the abolition of up to 177 taxpayer-funded bodies.

 

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Beatrice Fraenkel re-elected as ARB chair

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has re-elected Beatrice Fraenkel to continue as its figurehead

Liverpool-based Fraenkel, who is also chair of the Mersey Care NHS Trust and Cosmopolitan Housing Association, was ‘returned unopposed’ following the ARB’s annual election.

Speaking about her reappointment, Fraenkel said: ‘To be returned unopposed as chair for a further year is a tremendous honour and I am indebted to the board for its vote of confidence in me.

‘I look forward to leading ARB through another year, where we can work collaboratively with our key partners and stakeholders, including the RIBA and really establish ARB as an organisation that can be trusted to fulfill its strategic aims of protecting consumers, supporting architects and delivering the Architects Act.’

Vice chair Gordon Gibb was also re-elected unopposed.

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New ARB chair elected – but vice seat remains empty

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has a new figurehead, following the election of Beatrice Fraenkel to chair the board

Fraenkel, who has been a councillor at Liverpool City Council since 1986 and helped land the European Capital of Culture crown for the city last year, replaces outgoing chair Michael Starling.

However, the ARB will have to re-ballot for the position of vice chair after arch-ARB Reformer Mark Benzie was voted in. Unfortunately earlier this month Benzie failed to get re-elected to the board and so is unable to take up the post. 

The ARB Reform Group, which aims to limit the board’s actions, but only managed to secure five of the seven ‘elected’ architects seats hoped for, welcomed Frankel’s appointment.

Group spokesman George Oldham said: ‘Beatrice is a breath of fresh air, an independent mind and an experienced client who knows and respects the profession. Her election is a double bonus in that, hopefully, David Jones will remain as an excellent chair of the Prescription Committee.’

A qualified industrial design engineer, Frankel has vowed to take the ‘board forward with a unified approach’ and ensure members ‘act as an effective corporate body that is increasingly trusted and respected‘.   

A further election for the vice chair will be held in May 2009.

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