Matt Downs Editor of Total Contractor

Matthew Downs - Awards Adjudicator

Editor, Total Contractor

Matt is co-owner and Editorial Director of Media Now Ltd., a B2B publishing house specialising in magazines and digital content for the construction sector. Media Now's titles include Total Contractor, a monthly magazine dedicated to operatives working within the roofing, cladding and associated sectors; Total Installer which provides advice and guidance for glazing installers and home improvement specialists, and Total Fabricator which targets all those involved in the fabrication of windows, doors, conservatory roofs and associated products.


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John Austine FioR

John's career spanning some 50 years has all been within the construction industry and for over 30 years in a managerial position. He has contributed to the expansion and development of three roofing and construction contracting companies whilst heading-up the operational side of their businesses. In all three companies the whole spectrum of roofing works were undertaken, including Pitched, Flat to Pitched conversions, RBM, Mastic Asphalt, Liquid Waterproofing and leadwork.

His last role as Technical Director for Langley Waterproofing Systems Ltd involved representing the company within trade organisation governing bodies such as the NFRC, SPRA, GRO and LRWA, all of which can influence positive changes within our industry. He also represented the Company on the Technical Committee of the NFRC. John is a fellow of the Institute of Roofing.


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John Dodd FioR

John Dodd Consulting Ltd

John has 50 years' experience in the construction industry and now runs a consultancy business specialising in technical advice, specifications, training, technical literature and articles, and investigative work on pitched roofing and cladding projects. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Roofing and prior to being employed as Technical Manager for roofing and building materials manufacturer Marley, trained as an architect and worked as an architectural assistant for both local authorities and private architectural practices.

He is currently Chairman of British Standards Technical Committee B/542 responsible for 11 sub-committees dealing with pitched roofing and cladding products for discontinuous laying and is also a member of the European CEN/TC 128 mirror committee. He is also chairman of B/542/1 responsible for BS 5534 'Slating and tiling for pitched roofs and vertical tiling - Code of practice' and BS 8000-6 Workmanship on building sites - Part 6: Code of practice for slating and tiling of roofs and walls', and is a member of the NFRC Roof Slating & Tiling Committee and the Roof Tile Association Technical Committee.


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Paul Bussey

Technical Design: CDM/Fire/Access Lead - Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Paul is an architect with over 40 years of experience of architectural practice in small, medium and large practices in the UK and abroad, Over this period he has developed a specialist technical design expertise in the application of all types of building related legislation and constructional guidance. He is the London representative of the in-house AHMM Technical Consulting team who research current and best practice technical solutions on all projects.

Paul developed the concept of “CDM Differently” with the introduction of the 2015 CDM Regulations.


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Ian Roberts

Technical Advisor - Construction and Utilities, City & Guilds

Like many in his generation, Ian started his career as an apprentice bricklayer/mason and then moved on to establish a successful construction company. He further enhanced his career as a full time lecturer within further education for over 20 years. During this period, Ian received an invitation to become a consultant with City & Guilds, a role he eagerly accepted and now currently spans over 30 years culminating in his current role as Construction and Utilities Technical Advisor.

A career within the construction industry that spans over 45 years, Ian was appointed an honorary member of the City and Guilds of London institute in recognition of significant involvement, and outstanding contribution to, the furtherance of the work of the institute in technical and vocational education and training.


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Anna Thompson

LABC Head of Engagement FRICS

Anna Thompson FRICS C BuildE FCABE is a Chartered Building Control Surveyor and Chartered Building Engineer with over 35 years' experience in Local Authority Building Control. Previously Building Control Manager at East Devon District Council and Director of Training at LABC, Anna is now Head of Engagement. She works with local authority building control teams, partners and clients to improve understanding, competency, collaboration and standards.

Anna is a passionate advocate for exemplary building control, having previously been an LGA National Policy Advisor, part of the Core Cities Group for Public Safety and the LACORS Cowboy Builders Working Party and a member of the RICS Building Control Professional Group.

She is a Non-Executive Director of the National Home Improvement Council, a member of the CLC RMI Workstream Digital Taskforce, RMI Communications Taskforce and part of the Constructing Excellence Leadership Council. She is a Women in Construction Ambassador.