George Clarke is an architect and TV presenter. He has set up an independent television production company, Amazing Productions, to focus on factual programming for all the main UK broadcasters. George also enjoys lecturing and is passionate about the way architecture can transform our everyday lives; his aim is to make architecture popular and accessible to everyone. George is an ambassador for Shelter, The Maggie Centre’s, The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and City & Country Group. George is also patron of Knights Youth Centre, the Civic Trust Awards and passionate supporter of Sunderland Football Club - so much so that he is a Trustee of The Foundation of Light.
John has been working for forty years in the brand and design industry, leading a number of marketing, brand and design consultancies in the UK and Internationally.
Most recently he has led the UK Design Council through a period of change and moved on from that role in 2016 after four years as CEO.
In 2017 he co-founded The British Design Fund, a venture capital fund supporting well-designed British product start-ups. His other commitments include sitting on the Board of Falmouth University, as well as a Trustee role at 1418Now, the WW1 arts charity.
Mary has over 25 years’ experience in the development, construction and regeneration industry; working across the private, registered provider and consultancy sectors. She has been involved in some of the largest housing-led regeneration programmes in the UK. Her current programme has a GDV of over £5.5bn and includes a 10,000 home new development at Gilston to the north of Harlow and 6,500 new homes delivered through joint ventures. Previously, she worked in the private sector on large-scale, mixed-tenure developments in the consultancy sector, specialising in public/private sector partnerships and housing market renewal.
She joined Places for People in 2004, becoming a Main Board Director in 2010. Mary is a Trustee and Chair of the Town & Country Planning Association and a Director of Allia, a charitable Social Impact company. She is currently also a Commissioner for the National Housing Federation’s national Great Places Commission.
Gerry is Head of Education for MOBIE with responsibility for MOBIE's range of Advanced Home Futures courses, training programmes their delivery and educational development. He joined MOBIE after twenty five years in Higher Education lecturing and running courses in Construction and Built Environment, Design and Architecture, with a passion to excite, motivate and prepare young people for careers in innovative home creation.
After a degree in Industrial Design at Northumbria University Gerry worked in product, furniture and interior design in both the private and public sector before establishing a Design and Build company delivering new builds, conversions, restorations, design and project management. Whilst practising as a designer he gained membership of the Chartered Society of Designers and for several years was the Chair of the North East Region of the CSD and later Chair of the Societies Regional Board.
He recently completed a five year role as External Examiner at Liverpool John Moores University, for their BA Hons Product Design, Spatial Design and 3-D Digital Design courses. For a number of years he has been a writer for Pearson contributing to their BTEC and HN Level 3 and 4 Construction and Built Environment programmes as well as the new MOBIE/Pearson Future Home Design and Construction HNC and HND.