Judges

The judging process for the Conservatory & Orangery Awards 2019 will rely on the expertise of an impartial panel of industry experts, whose background and experience cover the full spectrum of the glass and glazing sector to ensure that the judging process is objective and fair.

How Will the Judging Process Work?
The judges will assess all the relevant submissions and support material submitted via the awards website.  They will then submit their shortlist of entries in each category to the non-voting chair, Luke Wood, Editor of Glass & Glazing Products magazine.

The second stage will involve a final meeting with the judges, which will take place in London.  Here, the judges will discuss and debate the merits of each entry based on the criteria listed for each category and will select their top three, which will then be discussed in detail before selecting a winner.

Please note that GGP 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.
Russell Day, Director of Home Improvement , GGF

A trained engineer, Russell worked in the timber supply industry for 25 years, holding positions in sales, distribution, manufacturing, technical development and general management. As technical director at Abbott Joinery he was involved in the development of market-leading new build window and cavity closer systems. During this period he also worked in site installation, contract management and the development of supply chain procedures. Russell next moved to an Italy-based composite material systems company before returning to the UK where he joined the Glass and Glazing Federation as a technical officer, he soon became a Senior Technical Officer and was appointed GGF Director of Home Improvement in 2016. Russell has been instrumental in producing many key GGF publications for the Conservatory and Orangery sector, including the GGF’s comprehensive Guide to Good Practice for Specification and Installation of Conservatories in the UK.

Dan Gill

Dan is the former non-executive director of DW3 Products Group and former owner of Window Widgets and Eclectic Systems, the company behind the Residence 9 window system.

Greg O’Donoghue, Home Improvement Consultant , GGF

Starting his working life in the teaching profession, Greg was persuaded to join the double glazing industry in the 1980s. Within a few years, he set up his own window, door and conservatory company, which he ran successfully for over 30 years. During this period, Greg has become one of the most influential individuals in the domestic glazing sector. In 2000, he was elected GGF President and then in 2002 as Chairman (and co-founder) of FENSA (the industry’s first competent person scheme) he negotiated with Government to bring about legislative change which has proved to be for the benefit of the entire industry and consumers. Since then Greg has been a consistent industry champion on many fronts including, ensuring glazing was included in the TrustMark scheme, increasing consumer protection, improving the domestic installation industry standards and campaigning to overcome barriers for glazing in the conservation areas. In 2017, the GGF recognized his great contribution to the industry, when he was presented with The GGF Lifetime Achievement Award. Today, Greg operates as a Home Improvement Consultant for GGF and FENSA and is delighted to judge the Conservatory and Orangery Awards.

Brian Smith, director, BAJSMITH Consulting

Brian Smith is a Consultant to the Double Glazing Industry, Retrofit Sector and Trade Bodies. Brian works with a number of window and conservatory companies as operational consultant, making use of his senior operational experience of over 30 years working for national and large regional companies in the industry. He is a Non-Executive Director with RetrofitWorks Ltd and the National Home Improvement Council. He believes passionately in comprehensive consumer protection, and since March 2018 has been working with the Double Glazing & Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme (DGCOS) as their Strategy Consultant. He is also a certified trainer for the EU “Consumer Law Ready” course.

Adrian Toon, technical chair, Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB)

Adrian spent his early career in architectural practice and has always had an appreciation for all forms of building. He moved out of architectural design in the early 1980s when his career took him into aluminium fenestration with Glostal, now Hydro Building Systems. According to Adrian, this role took him through technical sales to testing and training and gave him a very good understanding of products and applications plus an appreciation of a fenestration project well implemented. A keen photographer, his consultancy background has extended his knowledge into all forms of fenestration materials. He says: “The selection of material, product and colour for any given project offers a building both a practical function whilst offering a pleasing and aesthetic appearance.”

Jon Vanstone, chair, Certass

Jon is currently chair of industry trade body, Certass

Luke Wood, Chair of Judges (non-voting), Glass & Glazing Products Magazine