Charlie’s other television credits include The BBC’s Big Build with Nick Knowles and the team, The Great Treehouse Challenge for Sky 1 (Dec 2011), the ITV1 series Homes and Property (2007), a one off documentary for BBC Radio 4 entitled The Perfect House (2007), and Restored to Glory (2005), a prime time BBC2 series covering architectural restoration. He also presented and wrote Not All Houses Are Square (2001) – a three part series for Channel 4, followed by a second series Not All Bricks and Mortar (2001).
Charlie was born in Sydney, Australia and has lived in England since 1983. He became a founding director of Free State in 2000, the design and communications company that uses the built environment to create awareness far beyond the reach of traditional media. Projects include Zoomorphic, an exhibition for the V&A and Electric Storm, a 3 month renewable energy event on the South Bank in London. In 2005 he left London and Free State to focus on sustainable housing. He is currently working on several sustainable housing projects in London, Wiltshire, and the Cotswolds, where he now lives.
•Conference Chairs & Facilitators
•Live Presenters & Compères
•Motivational & After Dinner Speakers
•Design & Architecture
•Sustainability / Environment
“Please accept my warm personal thanks, and those of Coventry City Council, for the excellent way in which you introduced and chaired the Symposium last week. The way you did this was key to its smooth running and success. It was a pleasure to meet you and listen to your opening remarks which set the scene for the presentations which followed. The way you facilitated the individual Q&A sessions and the panel discussion was a highlight of the day for many. Delegates from other cities and organisations have also expressed their thanks for a stimulating conference and your contribution to it. I hope we can welcome you to Coventry again. We are at the start of what promises to be an exciting journey and I would welcome the opportunity for us to work with you again
COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL SYMPOSIUM
“I would be grateful if you would pass on to Charlie my personal thanks for his excellent Chairmanship…It was a pleasure to meet him. Many delegates have said that a highlight was the fantastic rapport and debate Charlie developed with the speakers…the questions he asked captured the audience’s interest and kept the whole day running smoothly.
THE FUTURE OF THE MODERN CITY CONFERENCE
“…thank you so much for your contribution….your presentation was excellent and very well received, once again thank you for all your efforts in putting it together!
“Thank you for your excellent presentation yesterday……The feedback that I received was that it was great to hear a guest speaker with views on the industry that were current and thought provoking. The only negative was that people in the other sessions wished they had been able to attend – so next time, you may be presenting to more people!
“The day went fantastically well and all the kids, and adults, thought Charlie was fantastic. I had sent him an email containing the winning designs the day before and I was unbelievably impressed that he’s not only had a quick look through but had clearly studied them all in great detail.
He was a brilliant ambassador and I’m really pleased that he’s told me to get in touch with him again with a view to doing a feature for my next magazine which comes out in September which can look at various of the projects he’s working on and his great love of Cornwall.
LILLICRAP CHILCOTT ESTATE AGENTS - THE LILLICRAP CHILCOTT INTERIOR DESIGN SCHOOLS CHALLENGE
“I’m pleased to say everything went really well! Charlie is a great speaker. He’s got a lovely manner on stage, very relaxed but very engaging.
THE NATIONAL HOME BUILDING & RENOVATION SHOW 2011
“Charlie’s session was inspiring, engaging and delivered with both authority and flair. His knowledge and passion for sustainable architecture were evident throughout his speech and we were particularly impressed by his willingness to continue the debate informally after the session. Many delegates fed back to us that his session was the highlight of the event for them.
ECOLOGY BUILDING SOCIETY 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE 2011
“Charlie injected a spark of humour into a serious topic that got delegates and speakers talking afterwards. A few delegates were overheard saying that they would consider booking him for their events!
COUNCIL OF MORTGAGE LENDERS 2011
“Charlie has attended Grand Designs Live in London and Birmingham in 2012, and we love having him. Charlie delivers a very engaging and well thought out seminar that has drawn in a large audience each time. His thought provoking seminars have encouraged visitor participation and we have received very positive feedback. He has always approached the shows in a very professional manner and has been keen to get involved with other areas of the show as well. Thank you!
Grand Designs Live (Show Manager, Median Ten)