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Peter Coe elected as new ARB chair

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Peter Coe has been elected as the new chair of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) replacing Beatrice Fraenkel who is stepping down after nearly eight years

Meanwhile the organisation’s vice chair Richard Parnaby has been re-elected to the role which he has held for the last four years.

Coe, a board member since 2009, currently researches problems affecting the regulation of listed buildings and conservation areas.

He has previously worked in health care and was chief executive to East London and the City Health Authority, as well as registrar of the General Optical Council.

Coe said: ‘As we await the outcome of the periodic review and any changes that it may bring, I look forward to using my experience on the Board to provide consistent leadership and stability.

‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank the previous chair, Beatrice Fraenkel, whose commitment and engaging style have left the organisation in a strong place from which to proceed.’ 

Talking exclusively to The AJ earlier this week, Fraenkel said there are ‘uncertainties for everybody’ following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.’

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  • I wonder if Mr Coe could suggest to Karen Holmes that she remind all but seven of the architects registered with the ARB that they are just that, they're not on the Board?

    Too many practices are describing their partners as members of the ARB, and I think that this could be called 'doing an Andrea Leadsom'.

    Given the prime function of the ARB, this is unacceptable - there are only fifteen people on the Board, of whom only seven are architects - and they alone are entitled to describe themselves as Board members.

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