Chief Executive and Registrar

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04 August 2020
Architects Registration Board
Location: London
Salary: £115,000
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Job Description

Salary: £115,000 plus excellent benefits

Established in 1997, the Architects Registration Board (ARB) is the independent statutory regulator of architects in the UK.  Our work in regulating architects ensures that good standards within the profession are consistently maintained for the benefit of the public and architects alike.   

The Chief Executive and Registrar reports to the Chair and is responsible to the Board for the statutory duties of the ARB. The Chief Executive and Registrar is also accountable for the effective leadership and functioning of the organisation and is responsible for all ARB Staff. This role requires a dynamic balance of driving culture change with inspirational leadership to deliver results.

Responsibilities as the Chief Executive include working with the Board and Strategic Leadership Group to establish a shared strategic vision for the organisation. Key areas of responsibility are; promoting continuous improvement, ensuring statutory requirements are met whilst keeping ARBs policies, systems and procedures in place and maintaining the reputation of ARB amongst stakeholders. Delivering an effective exit from the European Union and responding to sector challenges such as the Climate Change Emergency and the post-Grenfell agenda will be among other responsibilities.

The Statutory Responsibilities as the Registrar include fulfilling duties and functions of the Registrar, ensuring that the title ‘architect is effectively protected by prosecution and other measures, and ensuring that the Registrar of Architects and all other records are properly and accurately maintained. 

Applicants will require a substantial track record of successful senior level leadership and achievement as Chief Executive or equivalent, gained in a professional, regulatory or service led organisation. Extensive experience of operating at Board or equivalent level is essential for this role. Additionally, a track record of delivering high performance with significant experience of leading, managing and motivating people and teams to deliver high performance is also required. 

Please apply by visiting, following the instructions in the candidate brief by 4 August at 5pm and send to: Sarah Thewlis of Thewlis Graham Associates quoting reference T0601.

For a confidential conversation with Sarah Thewlis or for any other information please email

Work Permit:

All applicants must be based in the UK and confirm that they are able to prove their eligibility to work in the UK.