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Tim at the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, Morocco

Tim Wickens, Trustee and Planning & Development team chair

How did you get involved in the Society?

After moving back to the North East in 2016 a family friend suggested the N&N would be a good fit for my interests. I joined what was then the Tyneside Committee and was elected chair around six months later, I’ve carried on this role ever since and now chair the amalgamated Planning and Development Team as well as being a Trustee of the N&N.

How long have you been a member?

Since 2017.

What are your main interests?

Not only are we blessed in having outstandingly beautiful landscapes and seascapes in the North East, but equally this wonderful region has abundant world class heritage buildings and structures that demonstrate the skills and style of generations of architects, engineers and builders. The N&N Society has been at the heart of protecting and promoting these priceless assets for a century and I’m delighted to be playing my part in maintaining this critical work.

What's your professional background?

I started work in steel stockholding when engineering was still a dominant factor in the local economy, working with what were many of the region’s household names. After moving to the public sector I spent many years working in strategic partnership with a variety of public and private stakeholders. I managed multi agency teams and developed a great belief in the importance and value of joined up working practices to successfully tackle significant challenges.

Where's your favourite place in the Society's 'patch'?

It is very difficult to single out one place in the N&N’s patch as it really is such a diverse region but if pushed I’d probably opt for Cragside near Rothbury. For me it’s a fusion of nature, vision and endeavour with a world leading story that sums up the creative talent the North East is so lucky to have.

Anything to add?

It’s a pleasure to work with such positive people in the N&N, it’s a really friendly and welcoming society that offers so much to people who share a passion for the heritage of this great region.

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