Meet the judges

The role of the judge:
The judging process for the Pitched Roofing Awards 2019 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, president, European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Associations

Dusty Gedge is a green infrastructure consultant working in London, UK and Europe. He is the 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, Dusty’s work in the built environment is focused on climate resilience and the promotion of greener cities through multi-functional green infrastructure. Dusty 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. He is also a published author and has been instrumental in writing strategic reports on green roofs and green infrastructure. A TV presenter, Dusty is a recognised speaker at conferences and events around the world.

Chris Hopkins, divisional director , Ploughcroft

Chris Hopkins is an entrepreneur who has experienced just about everything the roofing industry could throw at him, yet he has worked tirelessly through the ups and downs of his career to raise the profile of the roofing industry and his own business alike! His achievements include tirelessly working to change the public’s perception of the roofing industry; having to find a way to survive through a recession; starting his own training school; and propelling the solar roofing industry through a fruitful appearance on Dragons Den. Winner of the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Roofing Industry’ award in the 2018 Pitched Roofing Awards, the judges said: “During his career to date, Chris has contributed to making a visible difference within the roofing industry. Going above and beyond, Chris promotes good practice and has experienced just about everything the industry could throw at him. Chris continues to lead by example and act with professionalism and integrity at all times”.

Alan Lander, director, RoofTrain UK

After leaving school at the age of 16, having already worked with his father on some weekends and during the summer holidays from the age of 12, Alan loved working on the ‘tools’. Having learnt his trade from his father, Alan branched out on his own as a sub-contractor in Devon. In 1976, he moved to Bristol where he continued sub-contracting for several roofing contractors. Alan was offered a job as a site supervisor with Roofing & Maintenance Services in Bristol where he worked his way up to become contracts manager, responsible for estimating, customer liaison and running a variety of roofing contracts. He started his own business, Roofcraft Bristol, in 1981 with a van, a set of ladders and a determination to make a success of it. As a company, Roofcraft Bristol mainly carried out re-roofing work on domestic properties, housing associations, small builders and local councils. Alan’s assessing career started in 2001, and shortly after, he was asked to teach slating and tiling, which grew steadily over the years to include lead welding and dressing, health and safety training, and solar photovoltaic/solar thermal. Alan’s apprentices have enjoyed success at SkillBuild, reaching the final for several years and achieving some second places. Some of them have even taken part in the BMI Apprentice of the Year competition and achieved Highly Commended at both competitions held to date.

John Mercer, independent 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. John has also designed many roofing accessory products and systems in that time. For example, he has worked with a software developer to produce online technical tools for estimating, roof tile fixing calculating and specification writing. For the last 25 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. Since May 2018, John continues to work in the industry as an independent consultant.

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.

Tom Thompson, roof slater and tiler , Roundway Roofing

Winner of the Rising Star of the Year award at last year’s Pitched Roofing Awards, Tom Thompson is a roof slater and tiler at Roundway Roofing. Tom’s early career started with the Rifles regiment in the British Army, and after leaving the army, Tom soon began the journey from soldier to roofer. Since entering the roofing trade, Tom hasn’t looked back, and believes that anyone can get where they want to be in life with hard work, determination and great support.