Welcome from Marc Stoner, Acting Chief Executive and Registrar

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Dear Candidate,

I am delighted that you have expressed an interest in applying to be the Director of Communication, Policy and Engagement at the Architects Registration Board (ARB). This is a brand new and very key role within our organisation. You will report to the Chief Executive and will be an active member of the Strategic Leadership Group, which leads the coordination of Regulatory policy, developing a professional and proactive communication and engagement function this is ‘best in class’.  We hope that you find the information in this Candidate Brief useful and, more generally the content of our website: http://www.arb.org.uk/

ARB has re-structured its communications, policy and engagement function to ensure it is fit for the new and important challenges facing the profession and its members; including preparing for post EU Exit. ARB is committed to playing our part in increasing diversity in the profession and wants to show to its stakeholders through effective and impactful communications that it is leading the way, promoting professional standards and supporting architects in maintaining the high standards to which they all aspire.

As Director of Communication, Policy and Engagement you will have considerable responsibility and therefore in addition to a background of senior communications leadership experience, it requires someone with a strong record of high-level stakeholder engagement, Public Affairs experience including political influencers, MP’s, ministers and policy makers at a local and national level.

Applicants will be required to show recent experience of motivating and managing a multi-skilled team, demonstrating they can work effectively with peers and senior stakeholders, to reach a consolidated and consistent position on key policy area. In addition, a demonstrable record of continuing professional and personal development, experiences of successful media relations including confident handling of press on contentious subjects will be sought.

If this is an opportunity that appeals to you, and you have the skills set out in the person specification in this candidate brief - we would very much like to hear from you. 

For a confidential conversation with Thewlis Graham Associates who are our recruitment partners for this role, please contact Sarah Thewlis, Managing Director on 0207 850 4781 or email applications@thewlisgraham.com.  Sarah will be happy to discuss this opportunity with you and answer any questions you may have.

Yours sincerely

Marc Stoner

Acting Chief Executive and Registrar