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New chair for architecture watchdog

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Architectural journalist Paul Finch has been appointed the new chair of the government’s built environment watchdog.

Mr Finch will take over from Sir John Sorrell this December at the helm of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).

He is programme director of the World Architecture Festival, and editor emeritus of Architectural Review and Architects’ Journal, both of which are published by LGC’s owner EMAP.

Mr Finch has also chaired CABE’s London 2012 design review panel since 2006 and is a former commissioner and deputy chair of the organisation, which vets the design of new schemes.

CABE chief executive Richard Simmons said: ‘Paul always speaks his mind with great clarity and incisiveness, so I think his appointment demonstrates how much the government values CABE’s independent voice.”

Welcoming Mr Finch’s appointment, housing minister Ian Austin said: “Improving the quality of new homes and making communities better and more attractive places to live is a real priority for government.

We share this aim with CABE who play a vital role in helping deliver this on the ground. I look forward to working with Paul Finch on taking this important agenda even further.”

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