Meet the judges

The role of the judge:
The judging process for the Pitched Roofing Awards 2018 will rely on the expertise of an impartial panel of industry experts, whose background and experience cover the full spectrum of the pitched roofing sector to ensure that the judging process is objective and fair.

How will the judging process work?
The judges will assess all the relevant submissions and support material submitted via the Pitched Roofing Awards website. They will then submit their shortlist of entries in each category to the non-voting chair, RCI’s editor, Nichola Farrugia.

The second stage will involve a final meeting with the judges, which will take place in October in London. Here, the judges will discuss and debate the merits of each entry based on the criteria listed for each category and will allocate points to their winning entry.

In the case of scores being equal, the judges will discuss tied entries once more and if no decision can be reached, the chair will then cast her vote.

Please note that RCI magazine and the panel of awards judges will not enter into any discussion regarding individual entries and/or awards winners. The judging process is strictly confidential to ensure that the judging process is fair.

Dusty Gedge

Dusty is a green infrastructure consultant working in London, UK and Europe. He is the current current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB) and founder of Livingroofs.org, Though he has a particular interest in biodiversity and urban nature, his work in the built environment is focused on climate resilience and the promotion of greener cities through multi-functional green infrastructure. Dusty Gedge is a recognised authority, designer, consultant and public speaker on green roofs and urban green infrastructure. He has worked on GI Projects in the UK for the last 20 years. Some of these are recognised as seminal projects especially in London through his consultancy firm Green Infrastructure Consultancy [GIC]. He has also a published author and has been instrumental in writing strategic reports on green roofs and green infrastructure. He has also been a TV presenter, and a recognized on speaker at conferences and events around the world

John Mercer , Consultant

John Mercer has more than 40 years’ experience in pitched roofing. In 1985, he joined Sandtoft Roof Tiles as a sales representative, and in 1992, he started the company’s technical department, which enabled him to develop detailed knowledge of the use of roofing materials and systems, together with all relevant standards and building regulations. This included designing and writing specifications for complete roofing systems. He has also designed many roofing accessory products and systems in that time. Most recently, John worked with a software developer to produce online technical tools for estimating, roof tile fixing calculating and specification writing. For the last 24 years, John has been a member of several industry committees and expert groups, responsible for writing and revising British and European roofing standards. He was also chairman of the Roof Tile Association Technical Committee for eight years until 2017. In May this year, John left his employment to become an independent consultant.

Nigel Pittman

Nigel has worked in construction industry marketing for nearly 40 years, 30 of which were as a marketing director / manager and the last 10 with his own PR agency. Throughout his career, work and clients have focussed heavily on both pitched and flat roofing. This has enabled him to manage major product launch and advertising campaigns and, more recently, to write articles of a technical and commercial nature.

Philip Fergusson , NCTS

For over 30 years, Philip has been a key player in the UK roofing sector. His career has seen him achieve huge success, first as commercial director at Asphaltic Roofing Supplies, and later as commercial director of SIG’s roofing division. Philip has gone on to set up vital supply chains in the Middle East as vice president of Fosroc, president of JMH Merlin, and more recently he returned to the UK to grow and expand the business for SSQ Natural Slates through his sales director role. As a passionate advocate for growing and developing skills within the roofing industry, Philip is now committed to using his experience and career knowledge of roofing and products to give something back to the construction industry. In October 2017, he set up National Construction Training Services, a training academy dedicated to improving and educating roofers across the UK.

Chris Miller , Managing Director , The Roofing Corporation

Chris Miller, Managing Director of The Roofing Corporation has 30 years experience in the Roofing industry. Chris enjoys adding his own touch to each individual job making it unique. Working with a fantastic client base, he usually has the freedom to create something bespoke on each project, where relevant. Some of the individual, personal touches he has added to projects include:- Time Capsules, Handmade Cat and Mouse Ridges, and intricate hand-cut, Slated Patterns. Employing 3 apprentices in a small company, Chris is passionate about training and up-skilling to a professional level, believing you should never stop learning. Alongside this, he is passionate about the industry becoming more recognised as a professional trade.