John Alderman has been in the roofing industry for over 20 years, working in a wide variety of fields. From this, John has developed a multi-skill set covering the Construction and specification industry with a focus on the roofing
Jon Barnes Jnr
Jon Barnes Jnr is managing director for the family-run business Rooftec, which was founded over 40 years ago. The professional cage fighter and boxer has always felt roofing was part of his family’s identity, which has fueled his passion for the trade.
30 years of experience in the flat roofing industry with market leading roof system manufacturers has given Nigel a unique insight into both the UK and European markets. Relating to Fire, Nigel is currently an active member of the TC127 WG5 (Fire on Roofs) and its UK mirror FSH/22/-/8 as well as sitting on the Factory Mutual Advisory Council for Europe. For other flat roof related committees he is on various CEN TC254 Technical Committees in Europe and the UK BSI mirror B/546 Technical Committee, the NFRC Joint Flat Roofing and RBM Technical Committees and the Roof Suppliers Group, he is a long standing Chair of the SPRA Technical Committee and regular contributor to the LRWA Technical Committee.
President European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Associations and Director
The Green Infrastructure Consultancy
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, Though he has a particular interest in biodiversity and urban nature, his work in the built environment is focused on climate resilience and the promotion of greener cities through multi-functional green infrastructure. Dusty Gedge is a recognised authority, designer, consultant and public speaker on green roofs and urban green infrastructure. He has worked on GI Projects in the UK for the last 20 years. Some of these are recognised as seminal projects especially in London through his consultancy firm Green Infrastructure Consultancy [GIC]. He has also a published author and has been instrumental in writing strategic reports on green roofs and green infrastructure. He has also been a TV presenter, and a recognized on speaker at conferences and events around the world
With over 40 year's experience within the construction industry, Peter has helped build Vivalda Group PLC into the UK's leading independent supplier of non-combustible rainscreen cladding. Comprising façade manufacturers MSP (Scotland), powder finishers Prism, Pura Facades and Vivalda itself, the group takes a consultative approach to the provision of cladding solutions and their associated accessories.
Chief Executive Officer
Liquid Roofing & Waterproofing Association
Sarah has worked in the Liquid Roofing Industry since 2006. As CEO, her primary role is to provide strategic direction to the association as it continues to grow, raising awareness of both the technical and financial benefits of specifying liquid applied waterproofing systems.
Sarah, who previously worked for a leading liquid roofing manufacturer in both commercial and technical roles, joined the LRWA in 2009 and played an active role in 2010 spear-heading the rebrand of ELWA (European Liquid Waterproofing Association), to what is now the LRWA. In 2013, Sarah was asked to join the board becoming the youngest and only female director. In March 2017 she was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Sarah is also a Director of the Board of the Institute of Roofing and the Construction Products Association.
Specification Sales Manager (Northern)
As Specification Sales Manager for the North, Maria is responsible for managing Bilco UK’s extensive client base across its diverse portfolio of roof access solutions, including access hatches, smoke vents and ladders.
Maria has over 15 years’ experience in senior sales roles for the construction industry, beginning her career at Wolseley UK as a Branch Manager where she then progressed to Area Sales Manager for the Wholesale division of the company.
Maria specialises in working with architects, specifiers, merchants and contractors to ensure successful specification across a diverse range of residential and commercial projects.
Keith Roberts is a chartered civil and structural engineer who has inspected and reported on the condition of more than 300 industrial, public and commercial roofs throughout the UK and Ireland. His investigations have focussed on wind induced roof failures, rainwater goods performance and the reliability of roof systems. He has taught roof design and has been writing Technical Notes for RCI since 1992. He has presented at conferences in Europe and North America and is currently Co-ordinator of CIB Working Group W83: International Committee on Roofing Materials and Systems.
Special Project Manager
Following an initial career in teaching, Sam moved into the roofing industry via an estimating role with Avonside roofing. He then took the opportunity to join Marley alongside the new addition of the SolarTile range.
Sam is now responsible for Marley’s Solar offering, from initial introductions to potential clients, to designing and analysing SAP calculations for prospective properties, ultimately providing training and help with installation of the product on the roof itself.
A. Proctor Group
Iain Fairnington studied at Napier University completing an HND in Building and a BSc (Hons) in Building Engineering. Since completion of the course Iain has worked at the A Proctor Group for 28 years to his current position as Technical Director. Iain sits on various technical committees within the industry including Slating and Tiling Technical Committee of the NFRC, BS 5250 and BS 5534. As well as this work Iain is involved in the research and development of the group’s products in the areas of specialist construction membranes, acoustics flooring solutions and thermal insulation.
Head of Programme
Mates in Mind
Stephen is the Head of Programme for the workplace mental health charity, Mates in Mind. He is a specialist in the design, implementation and management of workplace health & wellbeing programmes and co-founder of the C3 Workplace Health Movement, a global networking body of HR and workplace health professionals. Stephen is also a former advisor to the Mayor of London’s Healthy Workplace Charter as well as an assessor of London based organisations, examining and advising on the Healthy Workplace Charter standards.
International Fire Consultants
RoofCERT Commercial Manager
NFRC RoofCERT Roofing Accreditation
Matt is a fully qualified Mechanical Engineer who has over 20 years’ experience working in the risk management, construction and trade association sectors.
Matt was formerly the Head of Corporate and Business Development for the Association for Consultancy and Engineering, leading a project which educated members to understand the risks associated with their business as well as developing an insurance solution which better aligned to members needs and reduced the overall sector professional indemnity premiums significantly.
Matt also formerly headed up the UK Neighbourhood Engineers Programme (NEP) promoting engineering to the next generation as well as heading up the Institute of Recruitment Professionals.
A graduate of the University of Nottingham, Matt is a fully qualified Mechanical Engineer registered as Incorporated with the Engineering Council UK. Matt is a member of the Society of Operations Engineers, Institute of Plant Engineers and the Institute of Directors. He supports Leeds United. His favourite film is Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and favourite band is the Stone Roses! He plays golf off 16 handicap!