Meet the judges

This year's Glass Focus Awards will be judged by:

  • Dave Fordham (Chair), who manages the content of every issue of Glass Worldwide, and its associated conferences and exhibitions
  • Barbara Beadman, whose career has spanned both scientific and art glass.
  • Iain Fergusson, Environmental Manager for the Cooperative Group
  • Brian McMillan, a leading luminary in glass science and technology.
  • Bruce Nicol of Dow Corning who actively supports innovations in façade technology.
  • Kevin Arthur, the lead consultant for the glass sector on the DECC/BIS Decarbonisation Roadmap 2050 action plans

Read more about the judges below or find out how to enter on the awards page.

With 23 years’ experience of glass media, Dave Fordham, Publishing and Events Director at Chameleon Business Media, has overseen the progression of Glass Worldwide into the leading bi-monthly journal for all sectors and regions of the international glass industry.

With responsibility for managing the content of Glass Worldwide, and its associated conferences and exhibitions, Dave has his finger on the pulse of the UK and international glass communities and works closely with major industry bodies.

An active member of British Glass and media partner of the new Glass Futures project, Glass Worldwide also acts as preferred or official journal of many industry associations.
 

Bruce Nicol joined the High Performance Building team at Dow Corning at the end of 2013 and actively supports innovations in façade technology.

A qualified Architect and member of the RIBA, he studied at both the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff and the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow and has specialised in façade systems with an emphasis on glass as a material and structural element.

Many years spent within the glass industry have seen him involved in a range of interesting projects around the world – experience that proved valuable when Arup Facades set up their original glass group.
 

Barbara P Beadman’s career in the glass industry been long, distinguished and varied. Having been director of two glass manufacturing companies – (Plowden & Thompson Ltd and Tudor Crystal) - she’s been closely involved technical product ranges, the design and development of bespoke packaging samples and of combining function and design to create beautiful domestic and art pieces. She has overseen both design and engineering apprentices at these companies and is herself a Chartered Member of the Institute of Marketing. Now semi-retired, Barbara continues to promote appreciation of glass and nurture the next generation of glass specialists as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers, Chairman of Broadfield House Glass Museum  and a judge for Dudley College’s Broadfield prize for glass art.

Iain Fergusson has been Environmental Manager at the Coopertaive Group since 2007, with the prime objective of delivering activities under the Courtauld Commitment (improving resource efficiency and reducing waste within the UK grocery sector).

He has contributed to numerous glass lightweighting projects including moving all Cooperative brand ales to best in class bottle weights, introducing PET carbonate bottles with recycled content, and the introduction of the UK's first fully certified home compostable carrier bag. 

Iain has an MSc in Environmental Management & Technology, is a Fellow of the Institute of Packaging, an accredited Packaging Professional and a Chartered Environmentalist.

Kevin Arthur was the lead consultant for the glass sector on the DECC/BIS Decarbonistaion Roadmap 2050 action plans, helping industry to work with government on innovation, energy efficiency and recycling to reduce emissions and improve manufacturing efficiency.

He worked closely with the flat glass manufacturers as the co-founder and CEO of Oxford PV, an Oxford University photovoltaic spin-out company where he led work to commercialise perovskite solar cells for building integrated and utility-scale applications, developing electricity generating functional coatings for architectural glazing used in the facades of large buildings.

Previously Kevin was the founding CEO of advanced solar cell company QuantaSol and has held senior leadership roles with several high growth technology companies including Mitel, SiTel, Si-Light, TRW LSI Products and Raytheon.
 

Brian McMillan brings a wealth of experience from the glass manufacturing sector and his previous roles have included being a senior Board Director of Allied Glass Containers, Technical Director, Development Director, as well as positions in sales within the glass container and spirits sectors. He is a well-respected figure in the glass industry world-wide, working extensively with the ICG (International Congress on Glass), the world’s leading luminaries in glass science and technology.

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