john escolme, producer

John has been working in media production since 1992, when he joined BBC Radio Sussex as Newsreader/Reporter, moving onto read the news on Calendar, the regional ITV News programme for Yorkshire. A move to the BBC World Service as Producer/Presenter followed, working on Waveguide, the international media programme, and The Insider's Guide, exploring off-agenda stories radio journalists brought back from the field. 

Returning to television, John stepped up to the role of Continuity Announcer for the new set of BBC digital channels, and by 2003 he was back in the Producer's seat making BBC radio programmes heard in China. His latest BBC role as the BBC's History Manager, involves managing the BBC Oral History Collection, and as spokesperson for the BBC's own history across various media outlets.  

John's interest in architecture began 12 years ago, when he became a guide at 2, Willow Road, Hampstead, the National Trust owned home of modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger. With a wealth of experience of the building, John gained the rights to develop Nigel Warburton's definitive biography of Goldfinger into a 6 CD audiobook which is available here. In 2014 he masterminded the idea for 'Encounter', the radio series looking back at more than 60 years of architecture and design through the eyes of practitioners who were working in the post-war period (1945-1995). Series 1 was broadcast on arts station Resonance FM, and Series 2 began its run in March 2016.  

bertie carvel, reader

Bertie joined Monitor Production in Sound in 2009 to read for our 6 CD audiobook, Ernö Goldfinger The Life of an Architect. His love of radio, and association with Hampstead made him the ideal choice. He delivered the work in an easy to follow style, and came to a real understanding of Goldfinger's work during the project. He is one of the most talented performers in audio, having played Basola in The Duchess of Malfi, and the title role in Bajazet, both for BBC Radio 3. His large number of television credits include Jonathan Strange in the BBC One adaptation of Susanna Clarke's novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

judy matheson, reader & researcher, encounter

Judy Matheson has a long track record behind the microphone and on-screen. As a trained actress, she first toured Europe and the United States in 1967, with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company in Sir Tyrone Guthrie's production of Measure for Measure. For fifteen years her numerous film and television appearances, in a huge variety of roles, won her plaudits from many quarters, including horror movie fans. A move into television as in-vision Announcer, on the ITV station for the south, TVS, in 1982, brought her into the voice-over world, and after a spell living in South Africa now joins Encounter, exploring the world of modern architecture for radio. ‘The attention to detail’ in all the buildings she’s visited, says Judy ‘is impressive’.  Long may her exploration continue.

elaine lewis, series editor, encounter

Elaine studied Art & Design History at Staffordshire, and has a keen eye for modern architecture, having developed a specialism in the subject. Her role on the National Trust management team at the home of modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger, 2 Willow Road, Hampstead, paved the way to becoming an expert on the house, its contents, and the Modern Movement era. Now teaching History of Art and Architecture at Kensington and Chelsea College, she is inspiring a generation of young designers with her lively talks and tours. Having been a council tenant at the now demolished Bacton Low Rise Estate near Gospel Oak, she brings with her a sharp pair of ears to the finished Encounter programmes, and is particularly keen that the diverse voices of social housing are heard.