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Judging Panel 2015
Deputy Leader and Community and Housing Services
Portfolio Holder - Medway Council
Howard has lived in Medway for most of his life and is a former
Admin Director of London’s largest charitable housing trust.
As well as being Deputy Leader of Medway
Council, Howard is currently Cabinet portfolio holder for Housing
and Community Services which includes lead responsibility for:
- Adult learning; Heritage; Events
& festivals; Parks and green
spaces; Libraries; Sport and Sports
Centres; Theatres and Arts; Housing Strategy
This keeps him closely in touch with many of
the key issues facing the local community and he has a particular
interest in developing the area’s cultural life and arts.
Howard is a Chartered Secretary and has also
been a Director of several housing associations. He has also
run two large scale Millennium Award schemes and played a key role
in developing the North London Hospice.
He is currently responsible for the refurbishment of Eastgate
House which will provide an unique cultural venue for the arts and
is also in charge of Medway’s events programme, which is the most
highly developed in the South East. He believes strongly in
Medway’s future as a leading tourism destination and is working
hard to build its profile.
Executive Dean, Faculty of Fashion, Architecture &
Design - University for the Creative Arts.
Before joining UCA Mark was Head of the Ealing School of
Art, Design and Media, University of West London, and inaugurated
the Department of Media at Northumbria University, where he
established the undergraduate and postgraduate portfolios and
developed the Department's technical resources and
Mark has wide-ranging research interests across theory and
practice in the arts and humanities, and is one of the founding
editors of the Journal of Visual Culture and parallax. He
is a Governor of Strood Academy, a member of the FUSE festival
advisory board and is Chair of the Medway Cultural Partnership.
- MidKent College
Simon began his career at 16 when he left
school to become an apprentice chef. He then embarked on a
phenomenal career in hospitality and catering, taking him to work
at prestigious 5 star London hotels, then on to Germany where he
worked in some of the very best restaurants in the country, before
moving on to open a restaurant with four colleagues which soon
gained a Michelin star.
He then moved to South Africa where he met his
wife, and then returned to England with to start his second
career in teaching.
Simon quickly progressed working within
further education colleges and joined MidKent College in 2013 as
Vice Principal, before being appointed Principal in June 2015.
Simon is passionate about the impact further
education has on shaping careers and opening opportunities for all
ages, something he believes is no more important than in Medway
during its current transformation economically.
Tourism Services Director - Tourism South
After toying for a short time with career in Town Planning after
graduation, Peter jumped at the chance to work in the tourism
sector and hasn’t looked back.
Over the past 30 years, Peter has had various tourism advisory
roles in regional tourist boards pioneering the introduction of new
support services for the industry including the nationally renowned
Welcome to Excellence Customer Service programme.
At Tourism South East he led interventions in
the fields of research, regeneration, sustainability,
accessibility, visitor services and policy development, helping to
establish the organisation’s national reputation in these
fields. He took the reins as Managing Director in January
2012 steering TSE through a successful transition to a membership
organisation and provider of specialist expertise and services.
Peter is now a tourism consultant and is still retained
on a part time basis by TSE. He is also the Honorary Treasurer
of the Tourism Management Institute and a fellow of the Tourism