Who are the judges who will decide Norwich's City of Culture bid?
Shaun LowthorpeNorwich has reached the final stages of the race to be the UK City of Culture in 2013. Securing the prize would see the city transformed by a year long international arts festival and bring in an estimated �215m to the Norwich economy.Support Norwich on FacebookOfficial Norwich 2013 bid websiteShaun Lowthorpe
Norwich has reached the final stages of the race to be the UK City of Culture in 2013. Securing the prize would see the city transformed by a year long international arts festival and bring in an estimated �215m to the Norwich economy.
Judges will make up their mind in July which of the four city's in the final will be selected. But who are the judging panel? The Evening News took a look at those involved.
Phil Redmond CBE - chairman
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Phil Redmond CBE founded Mersey Television in 1981 which rapidly became one of Britain's biggest permanent employer in the independent production sector. He is a Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University where he is also a Member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the International Centre for Digital Content. Phil Redmond became Chair, National Museums Liverpool in August 2008.
He was Deputy Chair of the Liverpool Culture Company board 2008 and was creative director of Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture in 2008. And he chaired the working group which advised on the desirability and feasibility of the UK City of Culture proposal.
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Lauren Laverne began her career in indie band Kenickie while still at school. Following the group's split in 1998 she moved into broadcasting. In radio her highly acclaimed stint as a DJ for leading London radio station XFM was followed by a move to BBC 6Music, where she has just started a new daily show.
She also has successful and varied on-screen career, presenting TV shows such as Transmission, The Culture Show, Style on Trial and coverage from music events including Glastonbury and The Mercury Prize.
She has a weekly column in Grazia magazine and is currently writing her first book.
Margaret Evans was formerly the director of culture, Welsh Language and Sport at the Welsh Assembly Government (now retired). She has extensive experience and knowledge of the arts sector in Wales and the UK as a whole, and was involved in Cardiff's bid for European Capital of Culture.
She currently sits on the Advisory Panel of the UWIC (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff) School of Art and Design, is a Trustee of National Dance Company Wales, and former Director of The Prince's Trust Volunteers for Wales and the West.
Derrick Anderson CBE
Derrick Anderson is the chief executive of Lambeth Council and has twenty-five years' management experience in local government. He was awarded a CBE for services to local government in January 2003 and holds honorary doctorates from Staffordshire University for work on social inclusion and cultural policy and from Birmingham University.
Currently committee member of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) UK Committee and Vice President of UK Youth, and his past engagements include: Non-executive director on the Home Office Board; Board Member of Sport England - London; Member of Arts Council England; Secretary Black Country Local Authority Consortium 2000-04; Non Executive Director West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive; Non-Executive Director of the 2012 Olympic Bid Company and Chair of Sports England West Midlands 2004-06.
Prof John Ashton CBE
Professor John R Ashton CBE is director of public health and county medical officer, Cumbria PCT. He holds chairs in the Liverpool Medical School, Liverpool John Moores University, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Manchester Medical School and the Valencia Institute of Public Health in Spain.
He was awarded the CBE in the Millennium New Year's honours list for service to the NHS. His work primarily covers the North West, and he is based in Manchester and lives in Liverpool.
Anna Carragher was controller of BBC Northern Ireland from 2001 to 2006, and Head of Programmes for BBC Northern Ireland from 1995 to 2001. She has worked as a journalist and producer for the BBC in London and Northern Ireland on programmes including; Today, Newsnight, Question Time and Any Questions and as Editor of European and Correspondent Programmes.
She has been chairwoman of the Grand Opera House Trust in Belfast since April 2007 and a trustee since 2001. She is also currently a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.
Rotha Johnston CBE
Rotha Johnston CBE is an entrepreneur in commerce and property, with extensive experience in the public and private sectors. She was awarded a CBE in 2005 for services to business.
She is the BBC trustee for Northern Ireland. She combines various non-executive directorships with her role as Trustee and stepped down as Deputy Chair of Invest Northern Ireland (the Economic Development Agency for Northern Ireland) in March 2009.
Robert Palmer is currently chairman of Visiting Arts (London) and Director of Culture and Cultural and National Heritage at the Council of Europe (Strasbourg, France). He has been heavily involved in European Capitals of Culture and is the only person to have been the Director of two - Glasgow (1990) and Brussels (2000). In addition he undertook a major evaluation of European Capitals of Culture (1985-2004) which was published by the European Commission in 2004, and has been an advisor to many cities aspiring to and that have won the designation of Capital of Culture.
His previous roles include Director of Performing Arts for the City of Glasgow and Director of Drama and Dance at the Scottish Arts Council. He has undertaken cultural projects, including projects concerned with the development of cultural policies and the management of festivals in over 20 countries in Europe, Canada, and South-East Asia. His most recent book 'Eventful Cities' will be published in spring 2010. He has won various awards for his work in the UK, Belgium and France.