The hosts of the INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ 2010, held at the Natural History Musem on Thursday 2nd December, were BBC Radio 2 presenter Janey Lee-Grace and Wayne Hemingway, fashion designer and co-founder of Red or Dead.
Janey Lee Grace – ‘the foremost ‘green and natural’ champion’ on TV today. Janey is apresenter on the UK’s most listened to radio station BBC Radio 2 co-hosting Steve Wright in the Afternoon and is a regular guest expert on BBC Breakfast and FIVE’S The Wright Stuff. She is the author of several books on health and wellbeing incorporating eco friendly issues. Imperfectly Natural Woman (2003 Crown House books) sold in excess of 30K copies and was an instant No 1 Amazon best seller. In March 2009 Crown House released Imperfectly Natural Woman – the pocketbook, with adaptations and extracts from the original book in a hardback gift version, which reached No 23 on the Amazon best sellers list on its day of release. Janey sends out an e-zine every month to over 10K people who have signed up to receive her recommendations and updates on natural /green living.
Wayne Hemingway believes in the supremacy of design, whether in clothes or in buildings. At the height of his fame as a fashion designer, he sold his iconic company, Red or Dead and turned his attention to social housing.
Red or Dead began as a market stall in Camden. The label went on to receive global acclaim for its distinctive footwear, clothing and accessory collections and won the British Fashion Council’s Street Style Designer of the Year award three years running.
Wayne’s focus now is Hemingway Design, which specialises in affordable and social housing. Projects include a new settlement of 3000 homes in Lothian and apartments in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Their high profile project on Tyneside has won a series of major awards including Housing Design Awards (best large project) and Building Magazine’s Best Housing- Led Regeneration Project. Other developments include those at Dartford, Aylesbury and Maidenhead.
Apart from housing, Wayne’s company has designed anything from digital radios to tiles, foldup bikes and water-butts shaped like bottoms. His published books include Just Above The Mantelpiece and Mass Market Classics. As well as writing for architectural and housing publications, he is a regular on television and radio. He is a Professor at The School of the Built Environment at Northumbria University, and a judge of the Stirling Prize. He is currently on the panel of the Eco Towns Challenge.