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Living legends ( meet the first judges.

The increasing number of entries into the 21st Century Living Awards has meant a tough challenge for the expert judges and this year the panel is bigger than ever.

Over the next few weeks, Homemaker will be introducing the members of the judging panel, some new and some returning to the team. This week we meet:

Ben Dures

BEN, one of the new judges to the panel, is advisory service manager for the construction industry training board CITB-ConstructionSkills, in the North-East and Cumbria. He joined the CITB in May 2001.

Ben graduated from the then Newcastle Polytechnic in 1983 and has extensive experience in the construction industry, having worked in southern Africa and Botswana and as a technician and surveyor with North Tyneside Council.

During his 16 years with North Tyneside Council Ben was involved in many projects, including the reinstatement of the Meadow Well Estate following the riots in 1990, refurbishment contracts to more than 2,000 council properties and assisting in the changes from compulsory competitive tendering to best value in the late 1990s.

As training manager, Ben was instrumental in guiding North Tyneside Building Services to Investors in People Accreditation in 2001.

He now manages a team of 10 mobile staff who advise more than 5,000 CITB-ConstructionSkills-registered companies across the North-East and Cumbria in issues and initiatives such as qualifying the workforce, improving business performance, health and safety, and diversity. Ben lives in Tynemouth with partner Andrea and two young daughters.

Jane Massey

LEADING North-East architect Jane Massey has again agreed to be a judge in the 21st Century Living.

Jane is a partner at idPartnership Architects in Newcastle, where she has made a valuable contribution to the built environment in the North-East. Since her arrival at idPartnership 18 years ago, Jane has been involved in a wide variety of projects including housing, education, commercial and refurbishments.

Born in Kent, she moved to Newcastle to study for the first degree in architecture, and attended Edinburgh University for the post-graduate course and final examinations.

Jane returned to Newcastle for a couple of years to work for architects Barnett Winskell. This preceded a period of travel starting with a brief spell in London then on to the US.

On her return to the UK, Jane moved back to Newcastle, and worked for the City Architect, where she met Mark ( her husband and partner at idP. Jane was promoted to associate in 1988 and to partner in 2002.

This will be Jane's third year as a judge.

She said: "The 21st Century Living Awards are well respected throughout the construction industry and joining the judging the panel provides a wonderful opportunity for me, as an architect, to see the range of residential properties and styles being developed across the North-East."

Jim Johnsone

TOWN planning and property expert Jim Johnsone is once again joining the judging panel.

Jim has been director of Tees Valley Living since September 2003. The project, covering the five districts of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees, aims to revitalise various areas of low demand in the housing market.

A detailed 15-year strategy for partnership working between the public and private sectors aims to build sustainable new communities in neighbourhoods which are currently shunned and abandoned.

Before setting up the Tees Valley Living project, Jim was the regional planner for the North of England with the House Builders' Federation. Before that, he held a series of council planning posts.

Jim, who grew up in Amble, Northumberland, lived on Teesside for 25 years.

He is a member of the North-East Housing Forum and has previously been a member of the executive group of the North-East Regional Housing Board, and the Northern Business Forum.

Jim has been part of the judging team since the 21st Century Living Awards were launched, in 2001.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 15, 2005
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