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Row emerges over recruitment of new ARB boss

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There is a major internal dispute underway within the ARB over the recruitment of a new registrar, the AJ can reveal.

The victorious coalition in the recent board election, the ARB Reform Group, is becoming increasingly infuriated with the recruitment strategy being undertaken to replace the recently departed Robin Vaughan.

The group, which comprises Nick Tweddell, Derek Salter, Mark Benzie, Colin Brock and George Oldham, has campaigned to see the board's activities drastically pared back.

The five won an overwhelming mandate at the elections when only two other architects won seats.

Its members are currently campaigning to get the recruitment process put on hold until after the first board meeting on 11 May.

They are concerned that the board's chairman Humphrey Lloyd is pushing through the job description before the meeting.

It has even been speculated that some members of the Reform Group are keen to hand the role to an out-sourced organisation, something that would be possible under the Architects Act.

There are also strong rumours that the group is keen to review the proposed salary, which has been set at £100,000, considerably more than Vaughan's package.

One member of the group said: 'We want to wait until we have had the first board meeting and have a proper look, but we feel that the powers that be are pushing on with this.

'By the time of the board meeting all the major decisions will have been made and we won't have anything to do with it,' the board member added.

by Ed Dorrell

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