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ARB chief Alison Carr set to depart

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The Architects Registration Board’s (ARB) registrar and chief executive Alison Carr is leaving after seven years at the helm

Carr, who joined the board from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 2006, is to become the new director of governance and policy at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

ARB chair Beatrice Fraenkel, speaking on behalf of both the ‘board and in a personal capacity’ said she was ‘sorry to see Carr go’.

She said: ‘During her tenure, we have modernised our services and created a more accessible register, as well as taking on the role as the UK’s competent authority, helping to ensure the mobility of UK architects across Europe.

Carr led her staff team with aplomb and good humour

‘[Carr] is a first-class professional and has led her staff team with aplomb and good humour. We wish her well in her new role.’

However, long-term ARB critic Ian Salisbury, said the move came as ‘no surprise’ to him, adding: ‘Carr had the unenviable task of maintaining morale in an organisation that is persistently criticised, and which earns no plaudit either from the profession or the public.

‘Others will doubtless be leaving as they see the writing is now clearly on the wall. So who will be next to drink from the poisoned chalice?’

Carr said: ‘I have enjoyed my years at the ARB, and I am confident that the organisation is in good shape to contribute to the government’s Periodic Review and the future regulation of architects.’

The board will now start the process of appointing a new registrar and chief executive, and an announcement about this will be made in due course.

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