Our Judges

Matt Downs

Matthew Downs - Awards Adjudicator

Editor, RCi Magazine



After completing a degree in Journalism, Matt Downs has acquired over 14 years of experience in trade journalism with the majority of those spent editing and writing for titles within the construction sector. For the past six years Matt has been editor of Roofing, Cladding & Insulation (RCI) magazine and also oversees the magazine's digital content.

Nigel Shapland BSc MRICS

Senior Technical Officer, NHBC

A Chartered Building Surveyor and Senior Technical Officer at the NHBC a role Nigel has undertaken for the last 17 years. His job involves providing high level technical advice on all aspects of construction covered by NHBC Standards.

Nigel is also a member of over twenty BSI committees covering a diverse range of topics including both pitched and flat roofing. A member of various trade body committees including the NFRC Slating and Tiling committee and Joint flat roofing committee. After gaining a degree in building surveying in 1975, he worked in a local authority, private practice and one of the main housing associations before joining the NHBC. He has a keen eye for good design, workmanship and specification and helps produce the Technical Guidance documents that can be found on the NHBC website many of which cover roofing matters. Nigel considers himself a practical hands-on person having designed and built extensions on his own home which involved redesigning and tiling the whole roof and laying 24 metres of lead lined valley gutters.

In his spare time he runs his own Chartered Surveying practice carrying out domestic designs for planning and building regulations for private clients.

Nigel believes that good construction starts with good detailed design.
Paul Blackmore

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.

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 Current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB and founder of Livingroofs.org,  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 this 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 a number of UK shows and makes his own Green Intrastructure and Green Roof and Nature Videos. He is also an avid nature photographer and social networker posting on Twitter, Facebook and G+.

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. He is also a member of the CE Marking Advisory Group of the UK TTF. 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.