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ARB - Hugh Simpson appointed as ARB Chief Executive

The Architects Registration Board has appointed Hugh Simpson as its new Chief Executive. Hugh will join ARB as CEO designate on 10 December, taking over full powers of the Chief Executive and Registrar from 4 January 2021.

Alan Kershaw, ARB’s Acting Chair said:

“I am delighted to be welcoming Hugh as Chief Executive. He joins us at a crucial time as we recently unveiled an ambitious series of strategic projects to support public protection and the profession of architecture.  Hugh has a wealth of experience in leadership, regulation, public policy and has worked successfully with multiple stakeholders including government, the professions and the public. Hugh will work alongside our Interim Chief Executive and Registrar Marc Stoner throughout December to ensure a smooth transition.”

ARB is focused on supporting the profession through the regulatory changes demanded by the UK’s exit from the EU, the development of new guidance on fire and life safety, tackling the climate emergency and a comprehensive study of the competences which will be required of architects in the future. All this work will support both architects and schools of architecture.

Hugh Simpson’s early career was in corporate communications, public affairs and policy research. In 2005 he joined the General Medical Council to lead their public affairs and engagement activities in the UK and Europe. In 2010 he joined the newly formed regulatory body for pharmacy, the General Pharmaceutical Council, where, as strategy director, he had a wide brief including responsibility for pharmacy education and training, regulatory policy and standards. In 2018 he joined Clever Together as Managing Director, an agency which uses crowdsourcing technology to help organisations and leaders deliver culture change and external stakeholder engagement in policy development.

Hugh Simpson, CEO Designate said:

“I am delighted to be joining ARB at such an important time. It has been a challenging time for the sector and I’m looking forward to working collaboratively with our stakeholders, enabling and supporting architects and continuing the excellent work already underway at ARB to build confidence in the profession.”

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ARB - Hugh Simpson appointed as ARB Chief Executive