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ARB appoints Karen Holmes as chief executive

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The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has appointed Karen Holmes as the new registrar and chief executive

Described as a ‘solid pair of hands’, Holmes has previously undertaken the role on an interim basis since the start of 2014 following the departure of former registrar Alison Carr.

The ARB, which had faced calls to be scrapped from some parts of the profession, appointed Holmes on June 24.

Beatrice Fraenkel, chair of the ARB said: ‘We are delighted that Karen Holmes has accepted the role of registrar and chief executive, a role which she has previously filled for almost two years in total already.

‘Her commitment to regulatory policy and her ability to lead the organisation through the periodic review with the full support of her colleagues stood out to the panel. 

‘As a leader, Karen Holmes is both a ‘solid pair of hands’, who has clearly demonstrated her effectiveness, as well as an innovator and reflective thinker, who is keen to continue building new relationships and maintain and improve services.’

Speaking about her appointment Holmes said, ‘I am very pleased to be appointed Registrar and Chief Executive of the Architects Registration Board.  I am committed to delivering on the Board’s strategy to deliver effective regulation for the benefit of architects and users of architects services.

‘I look forward to working with the Board and the staff team as we await the outcome of the periodic review and remain open and responsive to any changes which may lie ahead.’

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