Meet the judges

The judging process for the Façade Awards UK will rely on the expertise of an impartial panel of industry experts, whose background and experience cover the full spectrum of the façade sector to ensure that the judging process is objective and fair.

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.

Peter Caplehorn, CEO, Constructions Products Association

Peter Caplehorn is the chief executive of the Construction Products Association (CPA).

A chartered architect with nearly 40 years of experience, Peter is respected for his leadership across the wider construction industry in a number of national roles.

Most recently, he has represented the CPA at the Industry Response Group, which was initiated by the UK government to advise and organise a response that will help make existing buildings safe in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Peter was also asked by Dame Judith Hackitt to chair the regulations working group for her independent review, as well as sit on both the products and the golden thread working groups.

Additionally, in 2018, Peter was asked by the UK Housing Minister to support a government working group on modern methods of construction in the housing sector.

He is also the chair of CB/- (the British Standards Institution’s strategic committee for construction), where he represents the sector on many government and industry committees.

Recently, Peter was invited to join the Construction Leadership Council Task Group, and also co-chairs the Building Safety Work stream, the Product Availability Group, and chairs the Regulatory Alignment Group.

As a response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s recommendations, Peter instigated the development of the Code for Construction Product Information through the independently chaired Marking Integrity Group.

Jonathan Evans, chairman and chief executive , Ash & Lacy

As chief executive and chairman of the Ash & Lacy Group, Jonathan has used his strong engineering background and technical knowledge to drive mindset change within his business and the construction industry for over 15 years. Recognised by many as an industrial technical expert, his core vision is to improve the standards of mainstream construction and create a safer built environment for all. More recently, he has taken a pivotal role in shaping regulatory changes within the construction industry, with a clear focus on fire safety of facades and cladding. This has included direct involvement with the DCLG testing programme and providing expert advice to the government housing select committee. In the wider community, Jonathan devotes a lot of time to sharing his knowledge and expertise, helping those affected by the consequences of unsafe cladding, while campaigning for the release of government funding to replace unsafe cladding.

Barry Jackson, managing director , Barry Jackson Associates

Barry has worked continuously in the field of roofing and cladding since 1968. During this time, he has been involved in all aspects of the industry and has managed estimating departments, drawing offices, technical departments, and has a vast amount of site experience. For the last 27 years, Barry has been an independent consultant, working with metal roofing and cladding systems. He has just completed two terms as chairman of the Metal Cladding and Roofing Manufacturers Association (MCRMA), and is now mainly involved with building failures and disputes, often acting as an expert witness.

Carlton Jones, director , MCRMA

With a career spanning more than 50 years within the construction steel industry, Carlton previously worked for British Steel, Corus and Tata, initially within a research and development environment. He dealt with structural testing and building physics associated with construction products and systems for the building envelope and the light steel framing market. Subsequently, Carlton was involved in the technical and commercial side of the business, focusing on product and system development for roofing, cladding and associated components. During this time, he also became involved in British and European standards, and the technical marketing of materials, products and systems, which lead to a close working relationship with the leading manufacturers within the sector. For a period of time, Carlton managed a roofing and cladding refurbishment business and chaired the Building Task Group within the European Coil Coaters Association (ECCA). Since 2011, he has been involved in the construction sector as director of the Metal Cladding and Roofing Manufacturers Association (MCRMA), and the Metal Gutter Manufacturers Association (MGMA), plus operating a construction consultancy offering support to manufacturers within the roofing and cladding sector.

Bob Richardson, head of technical and training, NFRC

Bob Richardson has been working in the roofing and cladding industry for over 25 years, where he has been involved in all aspects of the industry, from installation, through to managing multi-million-pound façade contracts.

He is currently the head of technical and training for the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) and sits on the B/542 committee for roofing and cladding products for discontinuous laying, the review committee for BS8414-1 and BS8414-2 fire performance of external cladding systems, and the development committee for BS 8135. He also acts as an expert witness in roofing and cladding disputes.

Paul Roles, managing director, Roles Broderick Roofing

With nearly 40 years’ experience in the fully supported traditional metal roofing and cladding industry, Paul Roles is managing director of Roles Broderick Roofing. The hard metal specialist, which has worked on many award-winning projects, provides a tailor-made solution for all aspects of traditional hard metal roofing and cladding requirements. In addition to running a business, Paul works closely with the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) to develop apprenticeships and training for the next generation of metal roof installers.