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Ian Tod on 07595 691895 or Cathy Poole at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07969 805645
Economy will be a key second week in the series, looking at creating economic resilience, at concepts for sustainable and steady state economic models, at the creative economy, and at the role of social entrepreneurs, and how to generate activity rather than just development.
The Rose Bowl
Leeds Metropolitan University
Leeds, LS1 3HB
Paul Finch - CABE
Paul Finch became chairman of CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) in mid-December 2009. He is Programme Director of the World Architecture Festival, and editorial director of the Architectural Review and Architects’ Journal.
Born in London in 1949, he gained a History degree at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Deputy editor, Estates Times from 1976 to 1983. Editor, Building Design, 1983-94. Editor, Architects’ Journal, 1994-1999. Editor, The Architectural Review 2005-2009. A commissioner at CABE and deputy chair, 1999 - 2007. Joint editor, Planning in London since 1994. Honorary FRIBA 1994; Honorary doctorate, University of Westminster, 2004; Honorary fellowship, University College London, 2006; Honorary member, British Council for Offices, 2006;
Paul Finch received an OBE for services to architecture in 2002.
1 - Eric Reynolds - Urban Space Management
Founding director - Urban Space Management
Eric Reynolds has been involved in numerous urban regeneration schemes since the early 1970’s, many including the practical re-use of historic buildings. In 1972 he spearheaded the restoration of a derelict building in Clerkenwell as one of the first craft workshops in the country. With two partners, in 1974, he started the conversion of Camden Lock, which is now one of the top tourist attractions in London. He has repeated this success at many other locations around the country.
Those he has developed and/or runs include the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, Merton Abbey Mills, Spitalfields Old Fruit and Vegetable Market, Greenwich Market, Chelsea Farmers’ Market, Swindon Market Hall, Sneinton Market Square in Nottingham and Green Park Market in Bath and the Market in Gravesend. He set up schemes in the Leeds Canal Basin, undertook the development of Gabriels’ Wharf and managed the refurbishment of the Bishopsgate Goodsyard. He is responsible for the management of Chelsea Farmers Market and 250 Kings Road office complex. He initiated the Greenwich Gateway visitor welcoming attraction at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich
He acts as a regeneration advisor across the country, is former Chairman of the London Safer Cities initiative and is a director and member of several other voluntary bodies. He is Chairman of Leaside Regeneration, responsible for over £20 million of SRB 4, 5 & 6 funding. He sat on English Heritage Working Group 5 inputting to the review “Power of the Place: the Future of the Historic Environment”.
2 - Anamaria Wills - CIDA
Chief Executive, CIDA, The Creativity and Innovation Company - UK
Award-winning business leader with over 30 years’ experience working in the creative and digital sector, Anamaria founded CIDA in January 2000 with the specific aim of helping to strengthen the role of the sector as a key driver of economic development. Since 2000, CIDA has supported the development of over 3,000 highly successful creative enterprises, both in the UK and overseas. A passionate advocate of creativity and innovation in both social development and economic growth, Anamaria instigated CIDA’s 2008 formal partnership with EDG. EDG is the leading Innovation consultancy based in Silicon Valley, California, set up by Herman Gyr and Laszlo Gyorffy from SRI International (who remain clients!). The alliance between EDG and CIDA brings together the best of creative thinking alongside the best of engineering disciplines to create a process that already has attracted the attention of both private and public sector and is set to break new ground in the application of cross sectoral, multi-disciplinary, innovation thinking in the development of creative regions.
3 - Barra MacRuairi - Bradford M D C
Barra Mac Ruairí is the Strategic Director of Regeneration for the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and as such a member of the Council’s Corporate Management Team. He has been in post since January 2008. Before coming to Bradford, he was Head of Renaissance Towns & Cities at the Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward and prior to that worked for Urban Splash in Manchester and Liverpool.
Originally from Dublin, the North of England has been his base for the past 18 years. His subject is Urbanism, the making of Towns & Cities. He has had a broad and diverse career of making buildings and places. A Chartered Architect by profession, he has a First Class Honours Degree, a distinction in his Post Graduate Degree and has studied Macro Economics at London Business School.
He has worked on many projects & programmes such as neighbourhood renewal, public and private housing, commercial offices, courts, hotels & leisure developments, industrial sites, educational buildings, transportation, public realm infrastructure development and master planning. He has lived and worked with these projects in Ireland, England, Italy and Hong Kong. He has also taught Architecture at the University of Liverpool and has had his own consultancy. He has spoken widely about the development of towns and cities, which he sees as his vocation.
He is a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts FRSA, a member of BURA. He has been a partner of the Bauhaus European School of Urbanism, Germany and is a founding member of the Academy of Urbanism.
He brings to his work a constant passion, productivity and progression, all of which are underpinned with a wealth of creativity and energy to drive service and project delivery.
4 - Ruth Potts - New Economics Foundation
Ruth has worked in the press offices of Amnesty International UK and Christian Aid, in research for National Lottery body the New Opportunities Fund and in public affairs for the National Federation of Women's Institutes.
In her five years as Communications Manager, Ruth co-ordinated nef's media coverage and public affairs from 2004-2009. Amongst other things, Ruth contributed to and helped to launch nef's Clone Town Britain report, The Happy Planet Index reports and National Accounts of Well-being, and she co-ordinated media for the Working Group on Climate Change and Development (also known as the Up in Smoke coalition).
Ruth has been involved in the One Hundred Months campaign from its start in August 2008, she co-ordinated the launch of A Green New Deal and helped to launch the Post Bank coalition.
Ruth holds an MSc in Latin American politics. Ruth is interested in politics, art, social change and the power of storytelling.