Mark Brinkley is best-known as the author of the Housebuilder's Bible. The book is based around his experiences and observations as a builder and developer. He also writes regular columns in Homebuilding & Renovating magazine.
He began building in 1980 when he carried out an eco-renovation on his first house and built his own home in 1992. The project gave him the impetus to start analysing and writing about the building process and he has spent the past 20 years studying the way we build homes in Britain.
He lives in Cambridge, has recently completed a new house working to a design by Mole Architects, and runs Ovolo Books.
George has been an Architect for over 40 years. He has written widely, including contributions for Terence Conran's design manual, for Kevin McLeod, and for Homebuilding and Renovating magazine (series on DIY design and interior design.)
He has always been fascinated with the design process and encouraging people to understand it, create homes that 'work' and are enjoyable to live in! This led to his book ' How to design and plan a house or extension ...be your own architect!' He was one of the first architects to develop and serve on a local authority design panel. He is now a consultant to his old practice (georgebaxterassociates.co.uk) specialising in 'one off' properties all over the south east, with a reputation for solving challenging design problems.
Mike is a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor, with a degree in Estate Management. Together with Roy Speer, he co-founded planning consultancy Speer Dade Planning Consultants in 1991. He has a particular interest in rural planning, and undertakes planning assessments, applications and appeals involving a wide range of projects, with an emphasis on residential development. Co-author with Roy of four books on plots and planning, he has a long association with Build It magazine where he writes and speaks at self-build shows.
Roy is a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor, with a degree in Estate Management, who worked in the West End, before founding a planning consultancy practice with Mike Dade in 1991, which thrives to this day. Based on his 35 years' experience in planning permission and building plots, Roy advises clients on applications, appeals and related planning matters. Communication has been a theme in his career and he speaks and writes on planning. In addition to his four planning and plot books, co-authored with Mike, Roy has contributed articles to self-build magazines regularly for the last 30 years.
Tim is the eco-expert for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, and writes on the subject for magazines and national newspapers. He has written three books on sustainable construction and renewable energy.
His interest in renewable energy and sustainability goes back to the days of long hair, open-toed sandals and patchouli oil, inspired by visits to the Royal Festival Hall heat pump and the Edmonton heat-from-waste projects. In 1979 this initial burst of enthusiasm lead to him trying, and failing, to build a biogas digester to convert pig manure into fuel, at a Kent oast-house, his first conversion project.
In 2000 Tim moved to a small-holding in South Wales where he became involved in property development. Increasing interest from customers fanned his enthusiasm for sustainability so he took a year out to get properly educate. He then founded his consultancy, WeatherWorks, to provide advice and guidance on sustainable design and renewable energy.