Editor of City & County and Planning & Development Team
How did you get involved in the Society?
It was so long ago, I honestly can’t remember when I first became aware of the Society and became a Member.
My current involvement stems from being asked to join the then County Committee in 2009 by the Chair at the time and fellow Architect, Robin Dower and subsequently taking over as Chair in 2016 upon the death of Anthony Coon.
Also, in 2009 Virginia Armstrong suggested that I took over as Editor of City and County and my first issue as Editor was in November that year.
How long have you been a member?
I moved back to Newcastle in 1973 and can certainly remember attending Society events in the early 80’s, but the date of my first becoming a Member does not readily spring to mind.
What are your main interests?
A long term interest in architecture (both historic and contemporary) and the arts in general has involved regular visits to places of interest, including museums and galleries. I am a life member of both the National Trust and English Heritage and over the years spent many holidays in Landmark Trust Properties.
Having lived in Newcastle for 25 years and in the Coquet Valley for a further 20 years, I developed a deep love of both locations. My interest in the culture of the area is mainly based on a love of the traditional music of Northumberland.
I am a long term member of the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society and have sang in Voicemale, a mens’ folk choir since their foundation, some 20 years ago. Since retiring I have taken up art in various forms, including urban sketching, water colour and printing.
What's your professional background?
Qualified as an Architect in 1974 and after working with Kendrick and Lynn in Newcastle, I set up Jenkins Partnership with my wife Catherine in 1979. We worked in Tyneside, mainly with Housing Association clients until 2000.
We were granted several Civic Trust Awards for work in conservation areas and an RIBA Hadrian Award for the refurbishment of our offices on Tyne Bridge Approach. Since 2000 we operated in Rothbury and then from home on a variety of projects in the County, until I retired in 2017.
I was Chair of the RIBA Northern Region for a year and a board member of Northern Architect.
Do you have any favourite places in the Society's 'patch'?
There are too many to be specific, but if I have to, I would chose Morpeth, Ouseburn valley and Low Newton.
Anything to add?
The Management team, revitalised in its efforts by Jackie and Emma, with a new website and redesigned leaflets, is actively encouraging new Membership and the involvement of more Members in our activities and Committees.
I trust we can achieve a positive outcome from these initiatives as we approach our Centenary.