On International Women’s Day #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter

On International Women’s Day #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter

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No longer will my voice be silenced by the Patriarchy that surrounds me

my voice will rise above it like the soaring wind drowning the voices of oppression

I will confound the time-held traditions with my head held high in the awesomeness of my very being

as Words designed to bind me fall silently as the Autumn leaves upon the ground beside me

I will rise, no longer in silence or shrouded in ridicule

as the stardust which created my very being emanates in ways which quell the raging storm of centuries past

now breathing freely as it succumbs to the new dawn of enlightenment

I will be as one with those who hear the ethereal tune as it dances around the new dawn calling to a new generation

who will, in unison, bring about the next stage of humanity entwined with integrity and purpose

Our chosen path will reflect the aspirations of all

our intentions will require no challenge to the consensus,

it moves as the swallows to caress the universe on which we are so reliant

no longer bound by words but collective actions securing its survival for generations to come

Our footsteps will move swiftly towards the Numinous journey

steadfast in the face of the ceilings which previously glistened as I touched them now shattering into a carpet soft and welcoming upon which we will travel side by side as equals for all time

Jacqueline Winstanley March 2019

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International #Women’s Day 2019 #BalanceforBetter

International #Women’s Day 2019 #BalanceforBetter

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We believe in making the world a much more accessible place, one where everyone feels included, where #Balance is for #Better. We believe that a balanced world with equal access for participation is a better world for everyone. We all have a role to play in creating a Diverse and Inclusive Society and enable it to flourish, be it in the workplace, at home or in our communities.

Inclusive places work better for everybody - whether they are offices, shops or any other type of business or opportunity. An inclusive approach enhances economic and business growth, employee health and general wellbeing.

As part of our work, we look to open up spaces for all women to thrive in business and the workplace. We provide support to business leaders such as yourselves, helping you to develop and implement solutions to barriers women face along the way, alongside organisational change frameworks and pathways to inclusive working practice. We can provide you with one-to-one or group training, coaching, and the tools and knowledge to develop such environments.

This International Women’s Day, we would like you to join us in this conversation! 

During the month of March, we have a special offer for female founders and women business leaders, where we deliver a half-day interactive workshop. This workshop explores key concepts that we typically cover in our 3-day masterclass, that is based on our internationally-acclaimed Framework for Inclusion.

This introductory taster workshop will provide a valuable insight into how inclusive environments can lead to improved performance, profits and employee well-being. 

It will help you better understand your work environment and identify potential solutions that can make a real difference towards creating a better balanced and more inclusive workplace.

Tailored for your organisation and available for up to ten participants in the same session, the workshop includes:

  • Understanding the key drivers that govern inclusivity
  • Identifying exisiting barriers that may be preventing universal inclusion
  • Identifying options for a way forward

This offer will be available to book throughout March 2019 –  and can be delivered on any date right up to the end of 2019.

Email us for more details. Please quote IWD2019 when referring to this offer.

#Women-OwnedBusiness #WOB #IWD2019 #PinkShoe #EB4Women #MWOTY #EconomicBlueprint

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Towards a More Inclusive World

Towards a More Inclusive World

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At the start of this year, it would have been hard not to get excited about the plans for 2018. As we bring this year to a close, I am not only delighted, but humbled and proud of what we have achieved as a team, the foundations we have laid, and the collaborations we are engaged in.

I am lucky enough to have the best job in the world. My passion is to increase equality of access to life’s opportunities. This is not just a project - it is the very essence of me. No matter how challenging it can be at times, or what obstacles life throws in my path to distract me, nothing derails us from striving to reach our goals for a better universal world.

Early in the first quarter, I finalised the structure and content for my new website – www.universalinclusion.co.uk  - which reflects the journey we are following with Universal Inclusion and the various opportunities I am involved in. The site is now live and will continue to develop over the next year.

screen shot 2017 10 12 at 15.18.03As a consultancy, we create and implement solutions to barriers which prevent access to life's opportunities, alongside organisational change frameworks and pathways to inclusive working practice. We work with corporates, businesses and individuals from across all industries and walks of life. In addition we develop thought leadership and share knowledge through our advisory and board positions and work with Governments, NGOs and international organisations.

Through our Inclusive Entrepreneur Programme and Network we continue to support some remarkable entrepreneurs including Grant Logan of Disability Today, alongside my work as a Virgin Start Up Mentor with Laura Draper of Gooseberry Pink.

 

UK All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)

I am a member of the APPG for Disability - APPGD - and have spent time this year speaking on the concept of Inclusive Economic Growth. In particular, I drew attention as to how the Department of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) should achieve the 2030 Agenda Paradigm Shift, and move from viewing disabled people as care/tax burdens to that of contributing citizens with rights & protections who will contribute to economic growth. This is alongside a request for opening up existing programmes and making them more accessible.

This is an important concept and underpins our work in The Inclusive Entrepreneur Program. One of our work-streams, it was piloted in the UK. It identifies the key issues faced by disabled entrepreneurs and made recommendations to Government on how this could be improved, including a call to place the Access to Work award within what is now BEIS.

Working with Pink Shoe, The UK Economic Blueprint and another APPG, I am focussing my attention on women in enterprise. Pink Shoe is driving The UK Economic Blueprint for Women which will help create the conditions for women owned/led businesses to gain a fairer share of business opportunities and contracts nationally, as well as scale up their businesses. Within this programme, I am the Inclusion and Diversity Lead. Related to this work is the APPG for Women in Enterprise - APPGWE, where with a team of driven leaders, we are looking at issues affecting women in this area. I am part of the work-stream for inclusion and diversity.

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Gender Equality and Empowerment

FILIA may be new to a lot of you. To me it is an important branch in the overall programme of equality for women and girls.  I have been working with FILIA for a number of years and I have been the Filia Diversity and Inclusion Lead for the last two years. FILIA is a women-led volunteer charity focused on females.  The word 'filia' means daughter, reflecting that women are a continuous link - the daughters of the women who came before us. It brings together sisters taking down patriarchy, fighting injustices across the world, fighting violence towards women, pay disparity, discrimination against refugees, racism, classism.  

A key focus for FILIA is reducing violence against women. I was on the organising team for this year’s annual FILIA conference and I recently participated in the awareness campaign for women’s rights through FILIA art -my poetry and artwork were featured at the FILIA International Conference in Manchester in October this year. In addition I have a particular interest in the growing impact of the digital world on violence against women and girls. There will be more work in the field during 2019.

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Another organisation close to my heart is FILT, where I am privileged to be a trustee.  FILT helps older and vulnerable people live with dignity in their own homes by delivering grants to local home improvement agencies (HIAs) to provide a range of support including repairs and improvements to people’s homes.

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In June I was present for the HIA Awards – honouring the work of Home Improvement Agencies and Handyperson Services across England – which were announced at a House of Lords ceremony.  Organised by Foundations, the national body for HIAs, the annual HIA awards – sponsored by ProCare – recognise the way in which the 200-strong HIA sector is contributing to the prevention and early intervention agenda in helping to link up health, housing and social care.

Creating the Paradigm Shift:  Speaking at the UN Headquarters, New York and Windsor Consultations, UK  

As part of our drive towards Creating the Paradigm Shift, we have also been very active on the international stage. Once again we were invited to speak about how our framework can help achieve the Paradigm Shift required for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda within the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and explain the concept for the Inclusive Entrepreneur. 

In May, I was at the UN Headquarters in New York, and then in Windsor in the UK, to participate in the Global Consultations. These form part of a framework of global consultations based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, organised by the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC). I am the Co-Chair of the ICCC Friends of the Society for Agequake Student Designers.  The discussion during the Consultations centered around the “Age of Connectivity: Cities, Magnets of Hope. Imagining the Possible” Dialogue Series which has addressed the challenges facing a rapidly urbanizing world since 1994

Related to this initiative is the ICCC International Caring Citizen of the Humanities Award. I sit on the UK Award Panel and was present for the presentation in New York during the Raising The Roof concert in June. 

We were proud to also present two UK citizens with this award at the November Raising The Roof Concert which was held at the iconic St George’s Hall in Liverpool: Dr Roderick Hackney, a world-renowned architect, leader and influencer, and Gail Jones, entrepreneur and global leader in diversity and inclusion for the contributions they have made, and continue to make.

Opening Up The Creative Space seminar and Raising The Roof 2018 concert were two seminal events held on November 1.  Ground-breaking in theme, they shone a spotlight on this world-heritage-site as a leader in #Accessibility in #Spaces. The events brought together leaders and participants from across culture, arts and architectural fields and were held in partnership with the ICCC and Liverpool City Council in support of the ICCC International Student Design Competition Fellowships. Both events were supported by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Courage and Sparkle, Disability TodayDisability Rights UK, Evermore Wellbeing, Gooseberry Pink, Jigsaw Medical, LMA Liverpool, Liverpool City Council, Market AccentsMerseyside Woman of the Year (MWOTY), Pink Shoe Club, Soundtrack Recording Studios and St George’s Hall.

Opening up the Creative Space established the conversation for the day.  The two seminar panels debated barriers in creating inclusive cities and opportunities. While the first panel focussed on the build environment, the second panel discussed the creative field. Both sessions highlighted challenges and personal experiences, and demonstrated how opening up the creative space enables us to achieve the UN SDGs. 

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I must thank our guests, speakers, moderators and MCs who together brought these events to life. In no particular order these include: Ade Adepitan MBEElle Exxe, Ayesha Gavin, James Holt, Grant Logan, Matthew Wadsworth, Professor Dianne Davis - Founder of ICCC and the International Student Design Competition, John KiehlLaura Draper,  Helene Martin Gee,  Robert Winstanley and The Alder Hey Staff Choir by Bernie WhelanAsa Murphy and his Big Band, the Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra and Dancers, Napua Davoy and the Liverpool Media Academy (LMA) performers, Cllr Liz Parsons, Cabinet Member for Communities & Partnerships Liverpool City Council; Nancy Chen Lady Chairman of SEE YEP Chinese Association; Harry Chen Finance Manager SEE YEP Chinese Association and Linda van Nooijn Chairman of Pagoda Arts.

I must also thank the team behind the scenes which includes: Musical Director John Kiehl, co-founder of Soundtrack Recording Studios; Stage Manager Ellen Kerr from Merseyside Woman of the Year (MWOTY) and Marketing and Communications Director Noreen Cesareo from Market Accents. They were supported by Mike Cash; Professor Dianne Davis; Julie Fernandez; Christine Gong, Co-Founder, Chinese Cultural and Art International Organization; Christoff Karla; Professor Gisela Loehlein, ICCC Vice President for Student Design Competition; Peter Mathius; Emanuel ‘Manny’ Perlman, Alan Smith, Tony Thompson, Dave Mort from Think Print and Dan White.

Opening up the Creative Space is certainly an area we are exploring and this will continue in 2019. I see the creative space as one that can engage with everyone, young and old.  And yet there is an inequality of access to this space, across the creative and cultural spectrum.  Through the various conversations during the year and at the seminar, we have set in motion the Paradigm Shift that gives rise to accessibility to spaces that are not constrained by traditional responses to the unique individuality of each and every one of us...and that recognises the direct correlation between opening up the creative space and its impact on health and wellbeing, inclusive economic growth and GDP. We have already started planning for 2019, and this concept will be pivotal for our work and events.

Courage and Sparkle

In my role as CEO of Courage and Sparkle I continue with the legacy in celebration of the life of our funder Una McBride. It's been an exciting year, collaborating and ensuring that the legacy strands Una chose are supported effectively as we go forward.

As I consolidate my direction for the coming year, I count my blessings and am excited by our future plans. In January we pick up again on the outcomes from Opening Up the Creative Spaces and the Windsor Consultation in November. We will develop recommendations which will be put forward to leaders across business, government, society and the arts. This is our next step in the creation of the Paradigm Shift and it is the start of a journey based on collaboration. We have come together in one voice and it will lead to a commitment towards innovation within the creation of inclusive cities to help achieve the 2020 Agenda within the UN’s SDGs.

Thank you for joining me on this journey to make our world a better more inclusive one.

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Accessibility in Creative Spaces:  A Seminal Gathering followed by a Spectacular #RaisingTheRoof Concert sets the Scene at Iconic St George's Hall, Liverpool

Accessibility in Creative Spaces: A Seminal Gathering followed by a Spectacular #RaisingTheRoof Concert sets the Scene at Iconic St George's Hall, Liverpool

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Liverpool, November 2018. Opening Up The Creative Space seminar and Raising The Roof concert were two seminal events held at the iconic St George’s Hall in Liverpool on November 1st 2018. Ground-breaking in theme, they once again shone a spotlight on this world-heritage-site as a leader in #Accessibility in #Spaces.


The events brought together thought-leadership and participants from across culture, arts and architectural fields. Showcasing work and with representatives from architects, city planners, NGOs, entrepreneurs, private and public businesses to artistes, performers and individuals who face barriers to access space, they celebrated the artistic excellence which exists and is just waiting in the wings for a seat at the table.

The host and organiser was Universal Inclusion, an organisation led by Jacqueline Winstanley BSc Hons, who is leading the way in making the world a much more accessible place. As last year, this year’s production was also held in partnership with the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC*) and Liverpool City Council in support of the ICCC International Student Design Competition Fellowships. Both events were supported by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Courage and Sparkle, Disability Today, Disability Rights UK, Evermore Wellbeing, Gooseberry Pink, Jigsaw Medical, LMA Liverpool, Liverpool City Council, Market Accents, Merseyside Woman of the Year (MWOTY), Pink Shoe Club, Soundtrack Recording Studios and St George’s Hall.

The seminar Opening up the Creative Space established the conversation for the day. As Jacqueline said when opening the day’s proceedings, “the creative space can engage with everyone, young and old. And yet there is an inequality of access to this space, across the creative and cultural spectrum. Today’s events set in motion a Paradigm Shift that gives rise to accessibility to spaces that are not constrained by traditional responses to the unique individuality of each and every one of us...and that recognise the direct correlation between opening up the creative space and its impact on health and wellbeing, inclusive economic growth and GDP.”

The two seminar panels debated barriers in creating inclusive cities and opportunities. While the first panel focussed on the build environment, the second panel discussed the creative field. Both sessions highlighted challenges and personal experiences, and demonstrated how opening up the creative space enables us to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) .

The day’s events were aligned with and fully supported the UN SDGs, fostering the ICCC program: “Imagining the Possible”. Panel speakers included Ade Adepitan MBE, Elle Exxe, Ayesha Gavin, James Holt, Grant Logan, Matthew Wadsworth, Jacqueline Winstanley Bsc Hons, Professor Dianne Davis, John Kiehl, Laura Draper. The moderator was Helene Martin Gee, while Seminar MC was Robert Winstanley.

The seminar was followed by a VIP reception with The Alder Hey Staff Choir by Bernie Whelan, where guests had the opportunity to mix with the amazing international talent, speakers, dignitaries and guests before settling down for another stunning concert, which brought these concepts to life.

Present for the evening concert were Cllr Liz Parsons, Cabinet Member for Communities & Partnerships Liverpool City Council; Professor Diane Davies, Founder of ICCC and the International Student Design Competition; Nancy Chen Lady Chairman of SEE YEP Chinese Association; Harry Chen Finance Manager SEE YEP Chinese Association and Linda van Nooijn Chairman of Pagoda Arts.

Click the image below to view a gallery of moments from the day's events.

Opening Up Creative Spaces and Raising The Roof 2018The concert featured awards and star performances of music and singing from internationally renowned entertainers: The MC was Ade Adepitan MBE, well-known Paralympian, TV broadcaster, journalist and author and he introduced spectacular entertainment from Asa Murphy and his Big Band, Jazz Vocalist ‘King of Swing’; the internationally-acclaimed theorbo and lute player Matthew Wadsworth, Elle Exxe, singer-songwriter who won the Best Female Solo Artist at the Unsigned Music Awards in 2016, the award-winning Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra and Dancers who have performed worldwide and who are the first and largest youth orchestra in Europe, James Holt, a solo artist from Bolton and is receiving attention and praise from music industry giants and Napua Davoy, a most extraordinary musician and song stylist, with the Liverpool Media Academy (LMA) performers.

In her address, Cllr Liz Parsons acknowledged the thought leadership debated in the afternoon and the role of Liverpool City Council in moving towards achieving this accessibility to spaces.

Also present was Professor Dianne Davis, Founder of ICCC and of the International Student Design Competition which, since its inception in 1994, has reached over 9000 student architects in over 60 countries. The competition focusses on the implications of the growing numbers of older people - the ‘age quake’. It encourages young architects to work with older people to find innovative solutions which counter isolation, support intergenerational contact and maintain health and well being. Winners of the competition present their ideas at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and are able to join a Fellowship programme.

The programme is designed to enable young architects to continue to develop their ideas through continued research, study and travel. Most importantly they are able to work with mentors to begin to develop the leadership skills which will enable them to play a significant part in the design of future age -friendly cities and communities. The Liverpool ‘Raising the Roof’ concert is part of the activities to raise awareness and funds for the Fellowship programme.

Professor Davis presented two exemplary individuals with the ICCC Caring Citizen of the Humanities awards: Dr Roderick Hackney, a world-renowned architect, leader and influencer, and Gail Jones, entrepreneur and global leader in diversity and inclusion for the contributions they have made, and continue to make.

The concert also included footage showing the work of the ICCC International Architectural Student Design Competition Winners and Fellows.

Commenting on the day, Jacqueline said, “I am delighted with the outcomes from the panel sessions and know that we have established new grounds with our debates. The conversation has gone beyond the usual debating platform, reaching a crescendo during the VIP drinks reception and the spectacular concert. The vision behind the concert was to have the audience transfixed by the excellence of the performers, be entertained and also reflect on what can be achieved when those who face barriers are given opportunities.”

She continued, “We now need to take the outcomes and insights from the day to develop recommendations which will be put forward to leaders across business, government, society and the arts. This is our next step in creating a Paradigm Shift which starts to see people who face barriers, not as burdens, but as contributing citizens who bring a new and exciting presence to the table. This is the start of a journey based on collaboration. We have come together in one voice and it will lead to a commitment towards innovation within the creation of inclusive cities to help achieve the 2020 Agenda within the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”

Universal Inclusion brought together a talented group to assist. This included Executive Producer Jacqueline Winstanley, Founder and CEO of Universal Inclusion; Musical Director John Kiehl, co-founder of Soundtrack Recording Studios; Stage Manager Ellen Kerr from Merseyside Woman of the Year (MWOTY) and Marketing and Communications Director Noreen Cesareo from Market Accents. They were supported by Mike Cash; Professor Dianne Davis; Julie Fernandez; Christine Gong, Co-Founder, Chinese Cultural and Art International Organization; Christoff Karla; Professor Gisela Loehlein, ICCC Vice President for Student Design Competition; Peter Mathius; Emanuel ‘Manny’ Perlman, Alan Smith, Tony Thompson, Dave Mort from Think Print and Dan White.

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*The ICCC acts as a bridge, linking government, civil society organizations, the private sector, universities and the United Nations in enhancing new ways of viewing an integrated society for all ages. These events are also aligned to and supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. They foster the ICCC program: “Imagining the Possible”.http://international-iccc.org/raising-the-roof-connecting-the-generations-in-support-of-the-united-nations-sustainable-development-goals-with-a-musical-event/

 

Notes to Editor

About Universal Inclusion

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Universal Inclusion leads the way in making the world a much more accessible place, one where everyone feels included. Their ethos reflects the many ways a society can collectively and individually change not only their own, but other people's lives, for the better - often by making simple changes to the way we do things. They inspire creativity, challenge perception and facilitate change. Their credentials speak for themselves and the results are nationally acclaimed. Universal Inclusion was founded by Jacqueline Winstanley Bsc Hons, global disruptor, Author and Public Speaker and it is rooted in her deeply-held and proven conviction to do what is possible to increase the equality of access to life’s opportunities for everyone.

 

ICCC logoAbout The International Council for Caring Communities - ICCC

www.international-iccc.org

ICCC was founded in 1993 to stimulate and identify creative strategies and innovative solutions to address global longevity challenges and opportunities. Through educational programs, conferences, technical support, international student architectural competitions and Windsor Consultation, ICCC promotes a “Society for All Generations.” ICCC is a not-for-profit organization that has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.  ICCC is mainstreaming the impact of the new digital era on the 21st century growing “Agequake.”   

 

 

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Meet the Award Winners: Dr Roderick Hackney

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2018 ICCC Caring Citizen of the Humanities Award
Dr Roderick Hackney, Architect, Kansara Hackney

Rod is a professional architect, who received his architects’ license in 1969, whilst working with Arne Jacobsen in Copenhagen. Earlier he had worked with both the Libyan Government in Tripoli, and Hart Massey in Ottawa. His most prestigious projects with these other architects includes the Expo ‘67 railway stations in Montreal, the American Express Bank in Copenhagen and the Kuwait Central Bank in Kuwait City.

According to The Times newspaper in London, he was the first ‘Community Architect’ in the U.K. with his ‘pioneering architect’ (HRH, the Prince of Wales words) scheme at Black Road in Macclesfield. Since establishing his own architect’s office in 1971 he expanded to offices parts of England, Scotland, Ireland, United Arab Emirates and the United States. With Tia Kansara, he established the international design firm, Kansara Hackney Ltd in 2009, which concentrates on urbanism and architecture.

He is a past President of the International Union of Architects, (France), the Royal Institute of British Architects (London), and the Snowdonia National Park Society (Wales).  Rod, as well as designing hospices, offices and houses for the private sector, is employed on various initiatives internationally, as a facilitator/enabler in projects linking those in need, such as community groups, to those who provide, such as private financiers or governmental departments.

He is a regular contributor to radio and T.V. programmes and a keen debater, including a panelist on European talk shows such as Any Questions on BBC Radio; Question Time, BBC T.V; Oxford Union debater; Eton College debater. Rod has been featured in a number of Media documentaries on his work, such as the BBC Omnibus program and R.A.I, Italy, called the ‘The Hackney Way’.

He represented the United Nations on a number of occasions, including Nairobi Habitat initiatives, the best practices in Architecture in Dubai, and Shelter for the Elderly, New York. He is frequently invited to put the case for more community involvement in housing at a number of conferences and symposia including official visits sponsored by the British Council to Russia, India and Sri Lanka. Rod also communicates through theatre and music. The Musical Play, “Good Golly, Miss Molly” depicted his Hawes Street community architecture scheme in Stoke-on-Trent in England, ran in London’s West End, where it played to full houses between 1991 and 1992.

Rod is also an artist (painting and sculpture) and a writer. His autobiography, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, reaching No.1 in one of Britain’s retail bookshops in 1989, will be re-issued by Routledge in 2014. He regularly chairs or partakes in international design competitions, and has working experience in the Far East, the Middle East, Europe and the America’s. His portrait, photographed in 2013, is exhibited at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, where Rod serves as a ‘Senior Conservation Architect’ on one of the RIBA committees

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