The Federation of Master Builders

FMB North Master Builder Awards Gala Dinner

8th March 2019
The Midland, Manchester

The Master Builder Awards celebrates the incredible achievements of Master Builders across the UK, showcasing examples of high-quality craftsmanship, exceptional customer service and building excellence. The FMB North Master Builder Awards Gala Dinner was a sold-out event held on Friday 8th March 2019 at The Midland Hotel in Manchester.

You can view a full gallery of the evening's pictures by clicking here.

FMB North Master Builder Awards



Competition was tough as the event saw some seriously high-calibre entries. Nonetheless worthy winners emerged in all of the following categories - our congratulations go to them all!


Small renovation projects


Medium renovation projects


Large renovation projects


Kitchen projects


Bathroom projects


New home


Heritage project


Commercial project


Low Carbon project


Heavenly Builder




FMB North Master Builder Awards Gala Dinner

Click here to view the winning projects and see the judges' comments.

Meet the judges

Richard Scott

Richard Scott has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. Originally from a trade background, Richard has also worked in a private surveying practice, although most of his career has been spent in local authority building control in the East Midlands. An advocate of continuous improvement and customer service excellence, Richard is a former local authority manager, having responsibility for Building Control, Local Land Charges and GIS.

Richard is now Head of Network Change and Transformation at LABC and has responsibility for providing practical, pragmatic support and guidance to local authority building control services considering change and transformation.


Derek Whitehead

Derek Whitehead started his career at 16 in the construction industry as an Apprentice Carpenter & Joiner, progressing to site management before leaving the industry to progress his ambitions to teach. He joined the Further Education sector in 1985 as a lecturer at Keighley College and then Section Leader for timber trades. After leaving Keighley College for promotion to Senior Lecturer at Bolton College, he progressed to Head of Construction & Engineering, as well as carrying out a cross college self-assessment quality assurance role. Derek then moved back to Keighley College having been successfully appointed to Head of Construction & Engineering, before joining Leeds College of Building in January 2004 as Deputy Principal, where he managed curriculum and quality across the whole college, covering 14-16, 16-19, Adults, Apprenticeships and Higher Education provision. On the 1st of January 2019 Derek commenced his new role as Principal & Chief Executive of Leeds College of Building.

Derek, over the years, has carried out part-time appointments (during his full-time appointments) for City & Guilds as External Verifier, then Principal Lead Verifier looking after a team of External Verifiers in the North East, Training Standards Inspector, Adult Learning Inspector and Ofsted Inspector.

About this event


The day started with a North Joint Area Board meeting, followed by an evening of celebrations as the regional 2019 Master Builder Award winners were announced at a gala awards dinner, hosted by John Holling. This event was aimed at Master Builders as well as building professionals, industry stakeholders, industry partners, suppliers, architects, local authorities, civil servants, and builders merchants.

All category winners will now become finalists for the national ceremony, but all members are welcome to attend. One lucky winner will drive away with an Isuzu D-Max Utah Pick Up truck worth more than £30,000.  The national awards ceremony will once again be hosted by Nick Knowles - for more information on the awards please visit


FMB North Master Builder Awards Gala Dinner



A big thank you goes out to our sponsors for this event!

Headline Sponsor


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Drinks reception sponsor


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