Meet the judges

The role of the judge:
The judging process for the Pitched Roofing Awards 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, Gabriel Day.

The second stage will involve a final meeting with the judges, which will take place after entries close. 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.

Kay Rose (FIoR), CEO , Institute of Roofing

Kay was appointed CEO of the IoR in September 2021 – an organisation that delivers and supports professional development of individuals within roofing.

Kay’s career in the construction industry began in 2002 after she changed from teaching music to gaining experience at a national builders’ merchant, Jewson, and block beam flooring manufacturer, Cemex. She then entered the roofing sector in 2005, joining waterproofing manufacturer, Axter Ltd. Successfully completing the IoR Management and Technician course with three distinctions, she was named ‘Student of the Year’.

After leaving Axter Ltd in 2016, Kay joined aerial imagery technology company, EagleView. She then joined the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) as regional manager for the London and southern counties region. 

Kay became an IoR Board member in 2016, and was vice chair between 2018 and 2020.

Denise Cherry, Training Officer, Yorkshire Independent Roof Training Group

Denise has over 20 years’ experience working in the construction sector. She has held several highly strategic roles in the roofing industry, which focuses on inspiring, educating and supporting a range of people from a variety of backgrounds into work and careers. With her valuable training and funding expertise, Denise has led the development of several sector specific programmes and projects, which have had a significant impact on upskilling and qualifying the workforce, employability, apprenticeships, and helping firms to reap the tangible benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce through the management of CITB, NFRC and RIA projects across the UK. As a training officer for the Yorkshire Independent Roof Training Group, Denise assists over 100 companies in the region with training and development activities, and has helped companies apply for additional funding, which has delivered training with a value of approaching £650,000 over six years. She has designed and delivered training programmes including the Roofers Guide to Sustainability, A Guide to Finding and Funding Training, and the Institute of Roofing Associate Course. Through the ‘Women in Roofing’ group, Denise has dedicated her time to identifying and promoting young role models in the roofing industry, in particular women on the tools. She has encouraged people to become construction ambassadors and promote career opportunities in the roofing industry amongst school students, educators, and parents. A key current project is Proud to Promote Roofing, which leads the way on school engagement through practical opportunities for young people to engage with roofing using miniature interactive roof rigs and other exercises.

Michael Daines, Director , Crown Leadworks

Going straight into the roofing sector from school some 22+ years ago Michael gained an excellent understanding of the industry and his City and Guilds / NVQ qualifications whilst working for the family business.

Upon his Fathers retirement Michael decided that his real passion lie with the specialist Lead and hard metal sector and formed his own company Crown Leadworks. Some fourteen years later the company is going from strength to strength and Michael was proud to receive the 2021 Pitched Roofing Award's, Best use of a lead roof application accolade.

John Mercer, Independent Consultant

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, including an online technical tool for estimating, roof tile fixing calculating and specification writing. For the last 27 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 more than 30 years’ experience in the roofing industry. The successful family-run business specialises in traditional slating, handmade clay tiles, specialist lead works and various flat roof coverings. Currently employing 12 full-time employees, which includes four CITB apprentices, The Roofing Corporation prides itself on offering bespoke methods, such as adding personal touches to jobs to make them unique. Chris is passionate about training and up-skilling to a professional level, believing you should never stop learning.

Stewart Rowles, Director, Master Roofers UK

An experienced roofer and roof restoration specialist, Stewart Rowles has worked in the heritage roofing sector for over 20 years. He has worked on many prestigious buildings and projects, specialising in ornate leadwork and heritage slating and tiling, among other traditional skills. Stewart is also managing director at Master Roofers UK, an online community of 11,500 roofers and industry personnel. Even though Stewart is still carrying out roofing projects throughout the country, he is now heavily focused on raising the profile of roofers and roofing-based education in the UK. He writes roofing related articles for construction-based publications, and also has his own online video and content series on social media and YouTube called ‘The Rowles Report’, where he highlights the UK roofing industry and shares case studies about interesting work, technical advice and debate key issues.

Adrian Smekss, Smex Holdings