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RIBA flies in former BA chief Ayling as awards assessor

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The RIBA's line-up of lay assessors for this year's awards programme includes Bob Ayling, former British Airways chief executive and honorary fellow of the institute.

Ayling, who was behind the commissioning of Marks Barfield's BA London Eye but was also the chairman of Dome operator the New Millennium Experience Company, will be the lay assessor of entries from the Wales region, where he will serve under judges' chairman Peter Clegg.

TV personality Kevin McCloud has been chosen for the South West & Wessex area. The presenter of Channel Four's Grand Designs programme will serve with chairman Ian Simpson.

The other assessors are: the Architecture Foundation's Lucy Musgrave at North and Yorkshire region under chairman Jeff Bell; filmmaker Murray Grigor with chairman Niall McLaughlin in the North West; photographer Richard Bryant with Julia Barfield as chairman in the East and West Midlands; developer Alan Cherry with Mike Fletcher in the East; architectural journalist and AJ contributor Ken Powell with chairman Pankaj Patel in the South East; Radio 4 broadcaster Beatrix Campbell with chairman Rab Bennetts in the South; Urban Splash property man Tom Bloxham with chairman Gareth Hoskins in one of the two London regions, and environmental engineer Guy Battle as lay assessor to chairman John McAslan in the other; RIBA client of the year last year Rob Joiner with Bob Allies in Scotland; and consultant Rory Coonan with David Page in Northern Ireland.

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