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TV presenter, architect, writer and campaigner
George Clarke is an architect and writer now best known for his TV shows The Restoration Man and The Home Show. Having worked for the practice of acclaimed architect Sir Terry Farrell, he founded his own company with partner Bobby Desai before founding his own practice George Clarke + Partners and has worked on a host of high-profile innovative residential, cultural and urban projects.
A visiting lecturer in architecture, George seeks both in the lecture theatre and on TV to make the subject accessible and interesting to all. After fronting a number of property and building themed programmes, George presented The Restoration Man for Channel 4. In the series he travels the country looking at those who have taken on often mammoth projects turning neglected architectural masterpieces into useable spaces.
George also presents The Home Show, where he looks at the design and architectural possibilities of people’s homes, as well as Amazing Spaces, looking at the small buildings that make incredible homes with innovative architecture and thinking.
His passion for sustainability in housing and creating energy efficient homes was showcased in the Smarter Homes series. He has also hosted Property Dreams, Build A New Life in the Country, and The Empty Homes Show.
Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield
"I was born and raised in Sheffield after my parents arrived here from Jamaica in the 60s. I went off to study to be a teacher in Huddersfield. I returned to Sheffield after spending time learning to speak French in the Loire Valley and then taught for 12 years in Sheffield schools. I went to work in Toronto for a year, came back to Sheffield and developed an illness which led me to resign from teaching, until I felt better. I have not returned to teaching however as, while working on the BBC Local Radio website, I applied for a receptionist job 'until such time as I was well enough to return to teaching'.
I became curious about what went on in the studios at BBC Radio Sheffield, and found myself on air and ended up covering one of the presenters. I now present the Mid Morning Show on Radio Sheffield.
I have interviewed a variety of marvellous people from Liza Minelli to Floella Benjamin and Esther Rantzen to Martin Shaw and have talked about everything from the menopause to finance and from bunions to the Pink Supermoon.
Most of all, I love talking to the people of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire and consider it a real privilege to help individuals to share their strengths, fears, hopes and dreams. I learn something new every day."
Lee has over 28 years of experience in the construction and housing sector, having begun his career as a Youth Training Scheme Apprentice Construction Technician with a major contractor. He has held group wide procurement and supply chain management leadership roles in some of the largest family-owned and PLC major contractors, managing the procurement of multi-million £ contracts on a wide range of construction projects, including major international contracts in the UK and the Far East.
Lee joined Efficiency North in 2007 to lead the development of its procurement offer. In 2010 Lee was appointed as the Director responsible for the consortium’s development as an incorporated entity and in 2013 was appointed Chief Executive of Efficiency North Limited. In 2017 Lee spearheaded the corporate re-structure of Efficiency North to form Efficiency North Holdings Limited and its operating entities EN:Procure Limited, EN:Able Futures CIC, EN:Able Build Limited and our charity EN:Able Communities CIO.
With the support of a dedicated team, Lee has led the company’s strong growth which positions Efficiency North as one of the UK’s largest procurement consortiums and apprenticeship and training providers.
Lee champions intelligent procurement approaches including early contractor involvement, efficient supply chain management solutions through technology and social value delivery. He is a passionate advocate for the construction sector is a regular speaker at sectoral events and features frequently in industry journals.
Lee was appointed to Business in the Community's Yorkshire & Humber Leadership Board in 2021.
Chair, Homes for the North, Chief Executive, Gentoo
Nigel is the Chief Executive Officer of Gentoo Group. He joined the Sunderland-based housing association in January 2019 from Wythenshawe Community Housing Group in Manchester, where he had previously been Chief Executive for 13 years.
Nigel has worked in the housing industry for more than 35 years, starting his career in a customer facing role as a housing officer, before working his way up to a leadership position after a variety of roles in tenant participation, resident engagement, new business and housing regeneration.
Prior to starting his career in housing, Nigel was a tenant and activist.
Nigel has vast board room experience having held a number of roles across various boards and committees, including most recently as Chair of JV North – a consortium of 12 housing associations in the North West of England. He is currently Chair of Homes for the North, Chair of Furniture Resource Centre in Liverpool and Vice Chair of the National Housing Federation’s North East Chief Executive Forum, as well as holding a position on the Board of Northern Housing Consortium.
Having spent his entire career working in the social housing sector, it’s no surprise that Nigel has a deep social purpose. He sees partnership working as a key component to achieving success and delivering positive change, whilst being passionate about social investment, community involvement, building new affordable housing and developing his people.
Head of Technical Strategic Assets, Thirteen Group
Mark is responsible for ensuring all aspects of improving and developing asset performance within Thirteen Group including the ongoing development of their SM@RT model, the analysis of the housing portfolio and neighbourhood performance as outputs from it.
Mark leads on taking the asset forward in new directions, utilising technology, information, and data as an enabler to achieve a better outcome for Thirteen and its customers.
He provides leadership in the areas of asset planning and new technical development, utilising sustainability outputs to provide a holistic approach to managing the stock and establishing priorities for Thirteen to ensure that the portfolio remains viable financially, socially, and environmentally.