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Catherine Gee

Catherine Gee

Catherine Gee enjoyed a variety of jobs before starting her television career, including working as a cook and an estate agent.

In 1995 she joined Country Living magazine as the Editor's Assistant. She later moved into organising exhibitions and events as Head of Shows, running the magazine's portfolio of Country Living Fairs.

While working as Head of Shows, Catherine also set up the magazine's The Farmer Wants a Wife campaign - a dating service for lonely farmers, which she continues to run.

It was after her involvement in Thames TV's BAFTA nominated documentary about the campaign that Catherine was 'spotted' and approached by Talkback Productions to present the BBC Two property show Escape to the Country.

Handy Andy (aka Andy Kane)

Handy Andy

Andy Kane (the nickname Handy Andy was his wife's idea) was transformed into TV's well-known DIY guru by chance.

He was busy using his skills as a carpenter and joiner on a job at the home of Linda Barker when she invited him to take part in a new series, Changing Rooms. Andy thought she wanted him to build the scenery, but soon he was a permanent team member.

Andy's known for his down-to-earth approach and south London banter, which has led to him providing DIY advice on BBC One's Change That, where he turns designers' ideas into reality, and One to Three on Sky.

He's also turned his talents to helping out the residents of Liverpool's most famous close, Brookside, in A Close Guide to... on Discovery Home and Leisure, and has made guest appearances on a number of programmes, including BBC's All Over the Shop, The National Lottery Big Ticket and ITV's Win, Lose or Draw.

Andy's most unusual job to date has been to build a robot out of cardboard boxes for the children's BBC series Fully Booked.

Amanda  Hamilton

Amanda Hamilton

Amanda began her on-screen television career working in the United States as a news anchor, before going on to become an entertainment reporter, interviewing Hollywood stars.

Since returning to the UK, her television and radio appearances include ITV's This Morning, Channel Four's Richard and Judy, BBC Radio, BBC One's primetime series Should I Worry About, and, more recently, BBC One's popular property show Trading Up.

In addition to her TV appearances, Amanda is a trained nutritionist and speaker on food and health issues. She has recently designed and opened a luxury spa in the Ronda Valley in the south of Spain. Amanda found the property herself and enjoyed the opportunity of turning the building into the relaxing retreat that it is today.

Oliver Heath

Oliver Heath

Oliver Heath is a young and talented designer who joined BBC One's Changing Rooms team in 2000.

He made his TV debut as a designer and presenter on BBC's Home Front series, where he won the Young Designer of the Year Award in 1998.

Oliver graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 1992 with a degree in architectural studies and went on to University College London to gain a postgraduate diploma in architecture and design. He then worked for architectural and design companies on projects covering set design and construction, exhibition and interior design, as well as film production and direction for galleries and museums.

Oliver set up his own design company in 1998 and describes his style as 'contemporary eclectic'. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, photography, fire eating, juggling, scuba diving and windsurfing.

Jo Hibbert

Jo Hibbert

Jo is a scholar of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and a conservation architect. After completing her studies, she worked as an Associate for Ferguson Mann Architects, and in 2004 moved to Johnathan Rhind Architects, to lead their new Taunton office. Jo's day-to-day role means she deals with a variety of buildings from ecclesiastical to domestic projects. She particularly enjoys the detective work that goes with the job of researching and measuring the original age and different additions to a building.

Jo lectures second year architecture students at Bath University, encouraging them to be more aware of their historic environment and teaching them the basics of measuring and assessing historic edifices.

Maxwell Hutchinson

Maxwell Hutchinson

Maxwell Hutchinson was President of the Royal Institute of British Architects from 1989 to 1991. His better known buildings include Skylines on the Isle of Dogs, JS Pathology’s Headquarters at Camden Lock, Aztec Row in Islington and Pink Floyd’s recording studio in Britannia Row. He was a visiting Professor at the University of Westminster and previously at the Universities of Nottingham and Queens Belfast.

Maxwell is a practising architect and regular radio and television broadcaster. Among his credits, he has written and presented three series for Discovery TV on architecture, engineering and science, and worked on BBC Two's First Sight and Restoration Nation. He has also presented Channel Four's Demolition Detectives, and wrote and presented No 57, The History of A House. He has also contributed to Carlton Television's The Good, The Bad and The Listed as well as Anglia Television's Hidden Heritage.

Maxwell is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio Four, as well as BBC Two's Newsnight, BBC London and various programmes on LBC radio.

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