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.

Brian Barry, Chief Executive , Federation of Master Builders

Brian Berry is the Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the largest trade association in the building industry. He is also a member of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and Chair of the CLC Domestic Repair Maintenance & Improvement Working Group. Prior to his current position Brian was Director of External Affairs at the FMB with responsibility for UK and EU policy, public affairs and media relations. Before the FMB, he worked at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), where he was Head of UK Public Policy. Brian regularly provides commentary on construction issues for television, national and trade press.

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.

Ian Harvey, Technical and Vetting Chairman , FTMRC

Ian has worked for over 40 years in the roofing industry carrying out leadwork and traditional Hard Metal projects on Historical and commercial projects. Retiring from contracting in 2010. Ian was chairperson of the FTMRC in 2009-2011 and then became an independent traditional lead and hard metals roofing consultant. At present he is Technical and Vetting Chair of the LCA and FTMRC is co-author of the FTMRC Guide to Good Practice editions 2 and 3 and also the LCA Lead Sheet in Roofing Ultimate Guide to Best Practice 2020.  Ian has also represented the associations on national bodies.

Lee Jones, Head of Manufacturer Solutions , NBS

Lee Jones is the Head of Manufacturer Solutions at NBS and the Acting Head of Sustainability for NBS’ parent company Byggfakta Group.

Lee is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and Architectural Technologist and prior to joining NBS, served over two decades in the Construction Product Manufacturing sector specialising in 3D modelling and the digitalisation of product data. Notably leading Ideal Standard’s move to BIM and rolling out the project internationally. Lee has consulted on many industry steering groups, including the CEN digital declaration of performance project and most recently the UK’s Code for Construction Product Information. He has a wide spread understanding of BIM processes and is a part time University lecturer on the subject.

In his role with NBS, Lee works with numerous construction stakeholders to support their adoption of digital processes and is a key figure in NBS’ industry webinars and knowledge publications. Passionate about climate change and sustainability, last year he also took the role of Acting Head of Sustainability at Byggfakta Group, which he combines with his position as Head of Manufacturing Solutions at NBS, working towards carbon reduction, the Net Zero roadmap and sharing information to help in the transition to a low carbon future.

Brian G Newell MBE, Chairman , Shackerley

Brian G Newell MBE is the founder and chairman of Shackerley, a Queen’s Award winning company and the UK’s market leader, in the manufacture and prefabrication of ceramic granite and engineered stone ventilated facade systems. He was awarded an MBE in the 2022 New Year’s Honours List for services to the ceramics industry.

With over 50 years and extensive credentials in the ceramics industry, Brian is founder member and director of The UK’s Tile Association (TTA) and UK delegation leader to International Standards Organisation (ISO) TC189 Committee - drafting standards for the ceramics/natural stone/adhesive industry. 

In recent years he’s received awards including ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Tile Industry’ from TTA, as well as an unprecedented ‘International Standards Maker’ award from The British Standards Institute (BSI).

John Park-Davies, Managing Director, Vertik-Al

John Park-Davies entered the construction industry in 1985, serving an indentured apprenticeship for one of the country’s leading building & civil engineering companies.  Since then, John has worked with some of the world’s foremost building product & service providers, travelling over 1 million business miles and generating £1 billion of sales, to date. John currently operates across the Allumette Group of companies.  Responsible for 200 people, he leads one of the most profitable fixed ventilation manufacturers in the country and runs the UK’s largest independent powder coater with three horizontal lines and Britain’s first ever SAT Cube Grande vertical line.

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.