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Commissioners

From 1999 to 2011, CABE's board has been made up of 16 commissioners who are experts in fields including architecture, urban design, surveying, engineering, public policy, heritage, public space and marketing.

The commissioners as at 1 January 2011

Paul Finch

Paul Finch

Paul Finch OBE (chair)

Paul is programme director of the World Architecture Festival and editorial director of the Architectural Review and Architects’ Journal. He has more than 35 years’ experience as a journalist, working for Estates Times (deputy editor, 1976-83), Building Design (editor, 1983-94) Architects’ Journal (editor, 1994-99), Architectural Review (editor, 2005-09), Planning in London (joint editor since 1994) and currently Architects' Journal (acting editor, 2009-present).

Paul has a history degree from Selwyn College, Cambridge. He is an honorary fellow of the RIBA and of University College London, holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Westminster and is an honorary member of the British Council for Offices (2006). He was awarded an OBE for services to architecture in 2002.

Paul previously served as a CABE commissioner and deputy chair, spent five years as chair of its design review panel and chaired its regional committee. He has chaired the London 2012 design review panel since 2006. He was a member of John Gummer’s Thames Advisory Group (1995-97), and of Nick Raynsford’s advisory group on the building for the GLA (1998-99).

Paul was born in London and lives in Wandsworth. 

 

Joyce Bridges

Joyce Bridges

Joyce Bridges CBE (deputy chair)

Joyce Bridges has wide experience in central government in urban policy, regeneration and planning. She held director-level posts in the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Government Office for London. Since leaving the civil service in 2002 she has provided advice to Yorkshire Forward, the Heritage Lottery Fund and various government departments. She is an English Heritage commissioner and chairs its London advisory committee. Joyce is chair of the CABE Planning Advisory Committee, champion for the West Midlands and for government policy and advice.

 

Rab Bennetts

Rab Bennetts

Rab Bennetts OBE

Rab Bennetts co-founded Bennetts Associates architects in 1987 and now leads the design direction of the award winning firm.  Bennetts Associates is responsible for many prominent projects, including the transformation of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.  Rab has also been involved in a number of architecture related bodies (Chair of the Royal Institute of British Architects Competitions Committee, and Founder and Advisory Board Member of the UK Green Building) and has lectured extensively as well as contributed to numerous publications and conferences. Rab was awarded the OBE for services to architecture in 2003.

 

Anthea Case

Anthea Case

Anthea Case CBE

Anthea Case was chief executive of the National Heritage Memorial Fund / Heritage Lottery Fund for nine years until 2002. She is a member of the regional cultural consortium for the East of England (Living East), as well as a member of the National Trust's East of England regional advisory committee, a trustee of Norwich Heritage and Economic Regeneration Trust and of the Lakeland Arts Trust. She is also the director of the Arcadia Trust . Anthea was awarded a CBE for services to heritage in 2003. Anthea is chair of CABE's audit committee, heritage champion and a champion for the East of England region.

 

Richard Cass

Richard Cass

Richard Cass

Richard Cass founded Cass Associates in 1983 and has over 30 years’ experience as an architect, landscape architect, masterplanner and urban designer. He has worked extensively in strategic environmental planning, urban parks, urban design, community forests, historic landscapes and ecologically sensitive areas. He also has specialist experience of urban regeneration and brownfield land issues, including project management and procurement methods. He has worked throughout the UK and extensively abroad. He is a regular speaker at conferences, and has received many awards for his work. He has previously advised CABE and CABE Space. Richard is the public space commissioner and champion for the North West.

 

Piers Gough

Piers Gough

Piers Gough

Piers Gough CBE is principal of CZWG Architects LLP, which has a track record of designing schemes in urban locations, many featuring residential accommodation. Principal buildings include China Wharf, Cascades, and many subsequent buildings in London’s Docklands; Clerkenwell, Soho and Bankside Lofts; Mile End Park Green Bridge, Camden Wharf and The Glass Building; and Westbourne Grove public toilets and flower kiosk. The masterplan for the Gorbals in Glasgow won acclaim as an exemplar of inner-city regeneration. Piers is a former English Heritage commissioner, having previously been a member of its London advisory committee and the urban panel run jointly with CABE. He sat on the urban design group set up by the London Docklands Development Corporation. Piers has lectured extensively in Europe, America and China , and contributed regularly to the architectural press, radio and magazines. He is the design champion for Kent County Council. Piers is co-chair of CABE's design review panel and its joint housing champion.

 

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson
Photo by Mat Wright Photography

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson is deputy chief executive of Manchester-based urban regeneration company Urban Splash . Over the last 10 years he has been responsible for Britannia Basin in Castlefield, Manchester, and he leads the project team for New Islington, Manchester's Millennium Community, and Park Hill, Sheffield, Europe's largest listed building. Prior to joining Urban Splash, Nick founded Johnson Urban Development Consultants, where he advised private and public sector clients on a variety of regeneration projects. He assisted Urban Splash on the grant funding of Concert Square, Liverpool, and became a director in 1994.

Nick is a distinguished Visiting Fellow of Architecture at Yale University and chair of Marketing Manchester. Nick is CABE's joint housing champion and sits on its audit committee.

 

Hanif Kara

Hanif Kara

Hanif Kara is a structural engineer and co-founder and director of Adams Kara Taylor Ltd , the design-led structural and civil engineering consultancy. As design director, he has worked on award-winning projects throughout Europe . His projects have included Peckham Library and the National Trust headquarters in Swindon, which won 17 design awards, and the Phaeno Science Centre in Germany. Hanif is a long-standing visiting lecturer at the Architectural Association, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cornell University and has recently been appointed as Professor of Architectural Technology at Kungliga Tekniska Hogskölan (KTH), Stockholm. Hanif chairs CABE’s inclusion by design group and is co-chair of CABE's design review panel.
 

MJ Long

MJ Long

MJ Long

MJ Long is an architect and a senior partner of Long & Kentish, whose recent projects include the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth, and Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. Projects also include the British Library Centre for Conservation, and a number of schemes in the west country. She has taught for many years at Yale University School of Architecture, and has acted as external examiner at a number of British schools of architecture. MJ is chair of CABE's design review programme and champion for the South West Region. 

Ben Page

Ben Page

Ben Page

Ben Page is chief executive of Ipsos MORI. He joined MORI in 1987 after graduating from Oxford University in 1986, and was one of the leaders of its first management buyout in 2000. A frequent writer and speaker on leadership and performance management, he has directed hundreds of surveys examining service delivery, customer care and communications.  From 1987-1992 Ben worked on corporate reputation and consumer research for companies like Shell, BAE Systems, Sky TV and IBM. Since 1992 he has worked closely with both Conservative and Labour ministers and senior policy makers across government, leading on work for Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, the Home Office and the Department of Health, as well as a wide range of local authorities and NHS Trusts. Named one of the "100 most influential people in the public sector" by the Guardian newspaper, Ben was a winner of the 2001 British Market Research Association (BMRA) award and a 2005 Market Research Society (MRS) medal. Ben is champion for public demand and culture change and joint champion for North East.

Liz Peace

Liz Peace
Photo by BPF

Liz Peace

Liz Peace CBE is chief executive of the British Property Federation (BPF), a trade association with over 400 corporate members, owning assets worth over £200 billion, that represents the interest of the commercial property industry in the UK. At the BPF Liz overhauled the strategy to produce a corporate plan aimed at raising the profile of the property industry in the UK amongst politicians and other key stakeholders. She also established strong links with the Treasury, Communities and Local Government and HMRC. Liz was until recently a non-executive director of the Planning Inspectorate. Prior to her work at the BPF, Liz was company secretary and director of corporate affairs for QinetiQ Group plc (1990 – 02), and before that held senior posts in the Ministry of Defence, most notably in Management Services, Army operation and Defence Estates. Liz is also a member of Peabody Housing Trust’s property committee, trustee of property charity LandAid and non-executive director of Turley Associates. Liz is champion for the South East and member of the design review committee.

 

Jason Prior

Jason Prior
Photo by A&M Photography

Jason Prior

Jason Prior is an urban designer, landscape architect and environmental planner. He is chief executive of AECOM. Recent projects include the design of the London 2012 Olympic masterplan and Olympic Park. Jason is chair of the placemaking committee, public space commissioner and champion for London.

 

Ken Shuttleworth

Ken Shuttleworth

Ken Shuttleworth

Ken Shuttleworth is the founder of Make Architects and a former partner at Foster and Partners. In the course of his career, he has worked on some of the most iconic and groundbreaking buildings in the world, including the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, Chek Lap Kok Airport and the 30 St Mary Axe tower in London. Set up in 2004, Make is a creative and imaginative architectural studio dedicated to designing buildings, spaces and places which are as striking and innovative as they are socially, economically and environmentally responsible. Ken is chair of the schools assessment panel, vice chair of the Crossrail design review panel, and champion for schools and East Midlands. 

 

Deyan Sudjic

Deyan Sudjic
Photo by Dave Cowlard

Deyan Sudjic OBE

Deyan Sudjic is an academic, journalist and commentator on architecture and design. He is director of the Design Museum. Deyan was formerly dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Kingston, visiting professor at the Royal College of Art and the Observer newspaper's design and architecture writer. He was also the director of Glasgow 1999 UK City of Architecture and Design (1996-2000) and directed the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002. He has curated exhibitions at the British Museum, the Royal Academy and the Institute of Contemporary Arts. From 2000 to 2004 he was editor of Domus, the international magazine of art, architecture and design, and was founding editor of Blueprint magazine from 1983 to 1996. He has written and edited many books on design and architecture. In 2004 Deyan was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He was made an OBE in 2000. Deyan is co-chair of CABE's design review panel.

 

Lorna Walker

Lorna Walker

Lorna Walker

Lorna Walker is managing director of Lorna Walker Consulting Ltd, which concentrates on strategic and practical design consultations in sustainable development and urban regeneration. A director at Ove Arup and Partners from 1989 to 2004, she is a recognised authority in the fields of sustainable development, urban regeneration, water quality and waste treatment.

Lorna was a member of Lord Rogers' urban task force, a member of the sustainable development committee of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, FIDIC, and a lead expert on the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills Foresight programme on sustainable energy management in the built environment. She is also a Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor in engineering design for sustainable development at the University of Sheffield, and was recently recognised for her contribution to engineering and sustainable development with an honorary doctorate of engineering degree.

Lorna is chair of the sustainable design committee, the health champion and joint champion for the North East. 

 

Sarah Wigglesworth

Sarah Wigglesworth

Professor Sarah Wigglesworth MBE

Sarah is the founder of Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, an award winning architectural practice that specialises in low energy and sustainable building including the Straw Bale House and Quilted Office project, an experiment exploring sustainable living on a brownfield site in north London. Sarah has been Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield since January 1999. She has published many articles and co-authored two books covering the topics of architectural research, feminism and the everyday. Sarah is editor of a third book due for publication in early 2011. She was awarded an MBE for services to architecture in 2004.

List of all previous commissioners

A number of other distinguished experts have served as commissioners since CABE was set up in 1999. A full list of Commissioners and when they served is below.

Sophie Andreae

August 1999 - July 2004

Alan Barber

May 2003 - June 2008

Rab Bennetts

September 2010 - present

Irena Bauman

March 2002 - March 2010

Brian Boylan

December-2000 - July 2007

Joyce Bridges

August-2006 - present

Anthea Case

November 2004 - present

Richard Cass

January-2009 - present

Richard Feilden

April-2000 - April 2003

Paul Finch

August 1999 - July 2007 (as a Commissioner) December 2009- present (as Chair of CABE)

Piers Gough

August 2007 - present

Louisa Hutton

July 2003 - July 2007

Nick Johnson

December 2007 - present

Hanif Kara

August 2007- present

Stuart Lipton

August 1999 - June 2004 (Chair of CABE)

MJ Long

August 2006 - present

John Miles

July 2000 - July 2003

Paul Morrell

December 2000 - December 2008

Robin Nicholson

March 2002 - March 2010

Ben Page

July 2003 - present

Liz Peace

January 2009 - present

Sunand Prasad

August 1999 - August 2006

Jason Prior

May 2003 - present

Ian Ritchie

August 1999 - July 2001

Dickon Robinson

July 2000 - July 2007

Nicholas Serota

August 1999 - August 2006

Ken Shuttleworth

June 2003 - present

John Sorrell

December 2004 - December 2009 (Chair of CABE)

Les Sparks

August 1999 - August 2006

Deyan Sudjic

August 2007 - present

Lorna Walker

August 2006 - present

Sarah Wigglesworth

September 2010 - present

Gillian Wolfe

May 2000 - April 2003