Matt Downs Editor of Total Contractor

Matthew Downs - Awards Adjudicator

Editor, ​Total Contractor


After completing a degree in journalism, Matt Downs has been working in trade journalism for close to two decades with the majority of those spent editing and writing for titles within the construction sector. Matt has spent the past decade editing and writing from within the roofing sector and recently co-launched Total Contractor magazine, a monthly magazine for contractors working in the roofing, cladding and insulation sectors, with Co-Director Andy Dunn.


Dr P Blackmore, BSc, PhD, FRMetS, CEng, MIStructE, MICE

Associate Director, Fire and Building Technology Group For and on behalf of BRE


Paul is an Associate Director at the Building Research Establishment. He is a chartered Structural and Civil Engineer. Paul specialises in wind loading and weathertightness of buildings and is a member of a number of British and European standards committees including BS EN 1991-1-4 and BS 5534.

Emma Clancy

​Emma Clancy

​Chief Executive, Certsure LLP

Emma Clancy is the Chief Executive of Certsure LLP, a leading UKAS accredited certification provider to the Building Services industry and a “Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For”.  Emma was instrumental in creating Certsure by bringing together key bodies in the electrical industry to create a unique not for profit organisation.  Certsure is owned by a Charity and a Trade Association and trades as NICEIC and ELECSA.  Certsure is the leading regulatory body in the electrical industry, with over 60 years history and 37,000 registered firms employing 95,000 customers.

Nine out of ten electrical jobs carried out in the UK are undertaken by a Certsure customer.

Emma started her career at Marks and Spencer, then moved to Which? magazine where she took up her first HR role.  She then held a senior HR business partner role at Royal Bank of Scotland.  She was then appointed to the position of HR Director at NICEIC, where she moved from an HR position into the role of CEO, a position she has occupied for over five years.  During this time she has led business growth and a successful culture change programme. 

Emma has run a number of high profile campaigns around the importance of employee engagement and has been active in encouraging women into the construction industry.

Emma is currently serving her second term on BRAC (Building Regulations Advisory Committee) and a founder member of the Consumer Protection Alliance; she is also a trustee of a charity working to promote awareness of the symptoms of cancer to the construction sector in order to promote early diagnosis.

Dusty Gedge

Dusty Gedge

Public Speaker, Green Infrastructure Professional, Wildlife Specialist
Dusty 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,  and is a working group member of the EU GI and Ecosystem Services working group.​
Biodiversity and birds on green roofs drew him into this work 20 years ago. Nature is at the heart of his work although he quite naturally deals all the issues that cities face and the how vegetation can help adapt cities to climate change. ​
Dusty Gedge is a recognised authority, designer, consultant and public speaker on green roofs. He has worked on GI Projects in the UK for the last 15 years. Some of these are recognised as seminal projects especially in London as well as advising virtually on projects across the world through his consultancy firm Green Infrastructure Consultancy [GIC].
Dusty has also been a TV presenter on some UK shows and makes his own Green Infrastructure and Green Roof and Nature Videos. He is also an avid nature photographer and social networker.

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​Jenny Herdman

​Director, ​Home Building Skills Partnership, Home Builders Federation

Jenny Herdman joined the Home Builders Federation (HBF) in August 2016 to lead the Home Building Skills Partnership. The partnership will lead on attracting new entrants into the industry, and providing focussed training to develop the qualified workforce needed to construct today’s high quality new homes. 

Prior to joining HBF she held a variety of skills roles across the public and private sectors.  Formerly at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills she led the team advocating employer collaboration on skills development of their collective workforce.  

Within the National Apprenticeship Service, Jenny encouraged large employers to grow their involvement in Apprenticeships as part of their workforce development and succession planning strategies.   Jenny was a member of the 2012 independent apprenticeship reform team, and has stayed involved with trailblazer and levy policy development and implementation since that time.

Previously she has held a Talent Management role in the retail sector which included developing an employer apprenticeship programme and also taught Business Studies in a FE college. 

Duncan King

Duncan King

Technical Manager, Construction Products Association (CPA)

Duncan is the Technical Manager for the Construction Products Association, responsible for monitoring and interpreting UK and EU building and product regulations and standards. As the secretariat for the Association’s Technical Committee, he is the principal liaison with the members to advise government, regulators, certification bodies and research bodies on those same regulations and standards. He is also responsible for editing one of the CPA’s most popular publications, “Guidance Notes for the Construction Products Association”. 

Prior to joining the CPA in 2011, Duncan qualified as a Timber Technologist in 1974 and had an extensive and varied career in the commercial side of the timber industry both at home and overseas before switching to the service side and starting his own technical consultancy in 1992. He spent many years as a member of three British Standards product committees during the transition from national standards to European Norms. This naturally led onto a heavy commitment with product assessment, CE marking and the Construction Products Directive and subsequent Regulation. For the past three years he has been a member of CB/-/5 dealing with the CPR policy issues for the BSI. Duncan has managed the certification process leading up to the issue of BBA Certificates for several oversea wood-based structural elements and written several pieces of technical literature and seminars accepted by RIBA, BIAT, IBC and ABE for continuing professional development purposes. 

Duncan is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute.

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Barry Turner

Director of Technical Policy, LABC

Barry joined LABC as Director of Technical Services in October 2006 and is now responsible for Technical Policy, representing LABC and local authority building control on many government initiated working groups, together with committees and other industry advisory groups. Responsibilities include keeping members informed of legislative changes and to offer advice on the application and interpretation of Building Control Legislation, to local authorities throughout England and Wales. This also involves working with others in the sector to improve understanding of building regulations and subsequent compliance.

Barry is a Chartered Building Control Surveyor and an accredited ‘On Construction’ domestic Energy Assessor with over 50 years’ experience of Building Regulations and Local Authority Building Control. Latterly as Principal Officer responsible for operation of the Building Control section of a Unitary Authority. During that time, for a number of years held the positions of district secretary and technical representative of the former North Wales Branch of the Institute of Building Control, and also served as chairman of the district. Is also a former member of LABC Cymru management team and was their representative on LABC Council.

Barry is often asked to prepare technical papers and explanatory documents on regulatory provisions and give presentations on related subjects. Current involvement includes industry advisory groups looking into the future of retrofit programs, relevant codes, standards and regulatory requirements. 


Nigel Shapland B.Sc.  MRICS

Senior Technical Officer​, NHBC

A Chartered Building Surveyor and Senior Technical Officer at the NHBC a role I have undertaken for the last 17 years. My job involves providing high level technical advice on all aspects of construction covered by NHBC Standards. I am a member of over twenty BSI committees which cover a diverse range of topics including both pitched and flat roofing. I am also a member of various trade body committees including NFRC’s Slating and Tiling committee and Joint flat roofing committee.

After gaining a degree in building surveying in 1975 I have worked in a local authority, private practice and one of the main housing associations before joining the NHBC. I have a keen eye for good design, workmanship and specification and help produce the Technical Guidance documents that can be found on the NHBC website many of which cover roofing matters.

I consider myself a practical hands-on person having designed and built extensions on my own home which involved redesigning and tiling the whole roof and laying 24 metres of lead lined valley gutters. In my spare time I run my own Chartered Surveying practice carrying out domestic designs for planning and building regulations for private clients.

I believe that good construction starts with good detailed design.   

Jon Vanstone

​Jon Vanstone

Chairman of Competent Person Forum & Trade Association Forum

An experienced business leader and great communicator, Jon is also Delivery Director of RoofCERT, the roofing accreditation scheme being developed by NFRC in partnership with CITB.

Jon has extensive involvement with technology solutions and business structures that help deliver to the regulated UK home improvement and construction sector. He known throughout the construction sector as someone who develops new and innovative ways of market delivery and holds a number of influential non-exec roles.