Washington TV architect George Clarke wants to build a better future for Sunderland’s children

TV architect George Clarke on a visit to the Echo.
TV architect George Clarke on a visit to the Echo.
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TV presenter and architect George Clarke is helping build a better future for children across Wearside.

The Washington-born presenter, who is best known for fronting Channel 4 show The Restoration Man, has signed up as a trustee of The Foundation of Light.

George, a former Sunderland College student and Blackfell Primary School pupil, has been working with the official SAFC charity as an ambassador since attending its 10th Birthday Carols of Light celebration event at Durham Cathedral in December 2011 – and he is delighted with his new role.

He said: “Being from the North East, I am keen to be involved in the regeneration of the region in any way I can.

“The Foundation of Light 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.”

George, who studied architecture at the University of Newcastle, is creative director of London-based architectural practice George Clarke and Partners, but is best known for his work as a writer, lecturer and TV presenter, fronting shows such as Build A New Life in the Country, The Home Show, and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.

Former SAFC chairman Sir Bob Murray, who is chairman of Trustees at the Foundation of Light, which uses provides sporting and educational opportunities, invited George to join the board after Lord David Puttnam stepped down this year.

He said: “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.”