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Karen Holmes appointed as Registrar of CICAIR



Karen Holmes appointed as Registrar of the CIC Approved Inspector Register (CICAIR) Ltd


Karen Holmes, formerly the Registrar of the Architects’ Registration Board, has been appointed as Registrar of the CIC Approved Inspector Register (CICAIR Ltd), which is the body designated by the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government) for the purposes of approving Approved Inspectors under the Building Act.

Karen – who starts her new role on 6th July – will succeed Scott McLew, who has been Registrar since 2013 and is leaving to take up a role with the Property Institute in New Zealand.

Prior to her twenty-year career at the ARB (as Head of Registration, Deputy Registrar and Registrar), Karen was with the Solicitors Complaints Bureau of the Law Society from 1989-99.

Speaking of her appointment, the Chair of CICAIR Ltd, The Rt Hon Nick Raynsford said:

“We are delighted to welcome Karen Holmes as the new Registrar of CICAIR. With her substantial experience of registration work in other related professions, Karen is exceptionally well placed to take over the responsibility for the registration, monitoring, audit and development of Approved Inspectors and drive forward our work to raise standards across the Building Control profession. 

We wish Scott McLew, who has been Registrar of CICAIR for the past 7 years every success in his new career in New Zealand and are confident that Karen will be able to build on his achievements to ensure ever higher standards of performance and public protection.”

Graham Watts OBE, Chief Executive of CIC said:

“Having worked with Karen in recent years, during her time at ARB, I am very much looking forward to welcoming her as a senior colleague within our Group.  This is a pivotal time in the evolution of the building control profession as we await details of the Building Safety Bill; and the wealth of experience that Karen has gained in senior roles within regulating authorities and working closely with government will be of great significance going forward.”

On accepting the appointment, Karen Holmes said:

“I am really pleased to be joining CICAIR at such an important time for Approved Inspectors and the wider built environment.  I am very much looking forward to better understanding the challenges and opportunities the profession is facing, whilst building on the regulatory standards and performance regime, and CICAIR’s commitment to public protection.”




Notes to the editor

  1. As the body designated by the Secretary of State in England and Welsh Ministers in Wales, CICAIR Ltd maintains and operates the Construction Industry Council Approved Inspectors Register (CICAIR). CICAIR Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the approval process it operates provides applicants with a route to registration as an Approved Inspector. Approved Inspectors registered with CICAIR Ltd are qualified to undertake building control work in accordance with Part II of the Building Act 1984 and the Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) Regulations 2010.
  2. Approved Inspectors are companies that can provide an alternative to obtaining building regulations approval from a local authority. Approved Inspectors are the only building control providers to be approved, independently monitored and regulated by CICAIR under the Building Act 1984 to carry out building control work in England and Wales. In order to maintain their registration, Approved Inspectors are subject to annual monitoring surveillance by CICAIR where they must demonstrate that that they are meeting defined levels of service standards, management systems and retained competences. Approved Inspectors must undertake a rigorous audit and re-licensing process every five years to maintain their registration.
  3. The CICAIR application and assessment procedures were developed over the course of several years and involved the collaboration of experts drawn from across the membership of CIC and the then Department of the Environment. The procedures were rigorously tested in a seven month pilot study which ran from June to December 1996. The operations of CICAIR Ltd are overseen and managed by a Board of Directors that is appointed by CIC from a range of backgrounds and specialisms. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is now responsible for the Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) Regulations.

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