George Clarke joins Foundation of Light

by Foundation of Light

Leading architect and TV presenter joins as trustee

The Foundation of Light has announced the appointment of leading architect and TV Presenter George Clarke as a Trustee of the charity that uses the power of football to involve, educate and inspire more than 42,000 young people and their families across the North East each year.

George Clarke, who was born and raised in Sunderland and studied architecture at the University of Newcastle, has established an admired reputation for innovative design and clear, inventive architectural concepts. He is Creative Director of architectural practice George Clarke + Partners, which is based in London and has established a reputation for designing and building high quality, award winning projects throughout the UK and abroad.

George is passionate about the way architecture can transform people’s everyday lives and his aim is to make architecture popular and accessible. He is also a writer, lecturer and TV presenter and has presented popular TV shows such as Build A New Life in the Country, The Home Show, Restoration Man and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Show.

Chair of Trustees of the Foundation of Light, Sir Bob Murray CBE personally invited George to join the Board after Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE stepped down from the board earlier this year.

Lord Puttnam was a founding Trustee of the Foundation of Light, Chancellor of the University of Sunderland for 10 years and recently stepped down as Chairman of the Sage to spend more time on other projects

Commenting on his appointment George said: “I’m delighted to join the Foundation of Light as a trustee and want to publically express my thanks to Sir Bob for asking me.

“Being from the North East I am keen to be involved in the regeneration of the region in any way I can. The Foundation is doing some fantastic work across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham and it’s a real privilege to be able to accept this official role with them.”

Sir Bob Murray CBE added: “George has a real grasp of the importance of community and like the Foundation of Light is passionate about regeneration and helping to transform people's lives.

“I am certain his creative perspective and vast experience in architecture will further strengthen our Board. His public profile will also be a huge asset and help us to convey the importance of the Foundation’s work to the public and other stakeholders.”

George previously took part in the charity’s 10th Birthday Carols of Light celebration event at Durham Cathedral in December 2011 and has supported the organisation as an ambassador since.

Mr Clarke joins existing Trustees Sir Bob Murray CBE (Chair), Kate Adie OBE, Paul Collingwood MBE, Steve Cram MBE, Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley, the Hon James Ramsbotham DL, Sir Tim Rice, Ellis Short and Sir Peter Vardy DL.

The charity’s Royal Patron is Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO.