Meet the judges

Chris Bates Built ItChris Bates, Build It

Chris Bates is the editor of Build It magazine. He has dedicated the last 12 years to writing about self-build and renovation and is a champion for pushing the boundaries of self-build in the UK. Chris is also a trained site-carpenter and deeply understands the practical and technical challenges faced on-site. He also chairs the judging panel for the Build It Awards.

Dave BentleyDave Bentley, FMB and PD & SB Properties
Dave Bentley is the Immediate Past President of the FMB. He is the owner of PD & SB Properties which owns and rents out domestic properties. The company specialises in all types of building construction, quantity surveying, property management and civil engineering. Dave joined the FMB in 1985 and is a board member of FMB Insurance Services Ltd.

Brian Berry - FMB Chief ExecutiveBrian Berry, FMB
Brian Berry is the Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Prior to his current position Brian was Director of External Affairs at the FMB with responsibility for UK and EU policy, public affairs and media relations. Previously he was Head of UK Public Policy at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Brian regularly provides commentary on construction issues for TV, radio, national and the trade press.

Sarah Beale - CITBSarah Beale, CITB
Sarah became Acting Chief Executive of CITB in January 2017. She has worked in a range of senior roles at CITB including Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Performance Director. She has been the lead on several transformational programmes, which include company mergers, systems development and a variety of people and management related projects.

Lauren Davidson, The Telegraph

Lauren is Property Editor of the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph and, where her main role is to put together the Property features supplement in Saturday's paper. Previously a business reporter at publications including the Wall Street Journal and City AM, she has also written features for the Times and the Atlantic magazine, among others. She graduated from the Columbia School of Journalism with honours and three awards, and has an undergraduate degree in Theology and Religious Studies from Christ's College, the University of Cambridge, where she was president of the Cambridge Union Society.

Professor John Edwards, Edwards Hart ConsultancyProfessor John Edwards, Edwards Hart Consultants
John is a Director of Edwards Hart consultants, leading on building conservation, sustainability, energy efficiency, project management, standard setting and training. John has contributed to best practice with his co-authorship of both the RICS Building Conservation Guidance Note and CIOB Carbon Action 2050 guidance on refurbishment and retrofit and his lead authorship of BS 7913: 2013: Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings. John is also Professor on Practice at the University of Wales Trinity St David.

Julia Goodwin House BeautifulJulia Goodwin, House Beautiful
Julia is Editor for House Beautiful, a magazine which offers inspiration and advice to homelovers, and gives a voice to the concerns of readers. With a strong online presence at, it has more than two million followers on Facebook and Twitter. House Beautiful recently won the accolade International Magazine of the Year, competing against 300 international editions.

Jeremy Holehouse, BBA
Jeremy is technical support manager at the British Board of Agrément, a certification and inspection body specializing in construction products. His role involves providing day to day support to his team who carry out the inspections of both complete and work-in-progress projects for the FMB’s members. He has also worked in the energy efficiency industry, assessing properties for the suitability of energy efficient measures, and in quality assurance.

Michael Holmes, Centaur Home Interest Media
Michael Holmes is Director of Content at Centaur Home Interest Media, the publisher of Homebuilding & Renovating, Real Homes and Period Living. He also Chairs the National Custom & Self Build Association (NaCSBA) with responsibility for spearheading the growth of the custom and self-build sector in the UK, working closely with leading industry figures, government and regulators. Alongside a career as a property journalist, author and broadcaster, Michael has undertaken multiple property development projects and is author of the best-selling property guide ‘Renovating for Profit’ (Ebury).

Gary Lewis G J ResidentialGary Lewis, FMB & G J Residential
Gary Lewis is National President of the Federation of Master Builders and was elected in September 2016. He is the owner of G J Residential which specialises in house building, general building and home improvements. Gary, who started his career as an apprentice at the age of 16, has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry and has been running his own projects since becoming self-employed in 1986.

Keith Osborne Whathouse.comKeith Osborne,
Keith Osborne has been editor of, the leading UK new homes portal, since 2010. uses a small but expert team of correspondents to provide daily news and features exclusively from the new homes sector to house-hunters all over Britain. Alongside his annual role on the judging panel for the WhatHouse? Awards, his job provides many opportunities to visit new build homes across the UK, from start homes to one-off luxury builds, built by a spectrum of housebuilders, from boutique developers to national brands.

Rob Pannell NHBCRob Pannell, NHBC
Rob Pannell was appointed the Construction Quality Advisor to the NHBC in June 2016. He also leads the Zero Carbon Hub, a role to which he brings a wide range of knowledge regarding sustainability, innovations, technology prototypes, trials and solutions, working closely with ministers and senior civil servants to advise on zero carbon regulations and policies. Rob is a renowned speaker at events and conferences worldwide on the topics of low energy/ low Carbon building and ‘Smart Construction’.

Terry Smith Professional BuilderTerry Smith, Professional Builder
After training as a journalist and spending a number of years working in the family building business, Terry Smith joined Hamerville in 1984 as Editor of Professional Electrician & Installer magazine. He subsequently became Editor of Professional Builder in 1987 and Managing Editor in 1990. Having now been at the helm of Hamerville’s flagship title for almost 30 years, he has instilled a philosophy of ‘making the readers smell the sand and cement’, combining an informal writing style with practical and technical know-how.


Meet the judges

The National judging for the Master Builder Awards took place on Friday 5th May. Find out more about the judges here.

Categories and Sponsors

Master Builder Awards 2017 categories and sponsors.


The Master Builder Awards Winner 2017 (builder) will win a Vauxhall LCV worth up to £20,000.

Terms and Conditions

Master Builder Awards 2017 terms and conditions for entries.

Northern Ireland Master Builder Awards

Northern Ireland Master Builder Awards

Cymru Master Builder Awards

Cymru Master Builder Awards

Scotland Master Builder Awards

Scotland Master Builder Awards

Eastern Counties Master Builder Awards

Eastern Counties Master Builders Awards

Southern Counties & London Master Builder Awards

Southern Counties & London Master Builder Awards

Midland & South West Master Builder Awards

South West and Midland Master Builders Awards

North West and Yorkshire & Trent Master Builder Awards

North West & Yorkshire and Trent Master Builder Awards

Northern Counties Master Builder Awards

Northern Counties Master Builder Awards

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