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Howarth, Finch or Parkinson: take your pick for next CABE supremo


Tongues have been wagging about who’s in the running to become the new chair of CABE

Sources have told Astragal – and for those nosey readers wondering who has been blabbing, the ‘leakers’ are not from CABE – a shortlist of three has been drawn up with a winner due to be announced within the next week.

It is understood the trio in contention are: former architecture minister Lord Howarth (Alan, 65); AJ and AR editor emeritus Mr Finch OBE (Paul, 60 - pictured); and not–the-chatshow-host-but-a-Liverpudlian-urbanism-expert Parkinson (Michael, 64).

The winner will replace the commission’s outgoing (i.e. exiting not exciting) chairman John Sorrell.

The final decision will be made by the Department for Culture Media & Sport.

Obviously Astragal must remain impartial as to who he wants to win, but recommends reading Paul Finch’s excellent Letter From London in this week’s AJ.


Readers' comments (4)

  • Anyone but Finch. Someone new please, not another of the CABE old lags. Letter from London? Hot air.

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  • Sadly, it is Finch. The worst of all possible choices.

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  • Best man won by a long shot. PF has done more for architects than any mealy-mouthed RIBA presidents I can think of.

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  • The problem is, is that the man is ignorant and allowed to peddle his small minded, smearing, tabloid brand of ignorance in the pages of the AJ. (Letter from London). Now he is Chair of CABE, will he still be doing this? If so, then is a complaint to the Standards Board in order?

    Or will there have to be another Commons Select Committe on the work of CABE?

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