Meet the judges

The judging panel brought together a diverse spread of expertise and knowledge from across the glass sector and its customers. The judges include Dave Fordham, Barbara Beadman, Dr Catherine Birch, Andrew Hartley, Dr Nicholas Kirk and Jenni Richards. Find out more about the judges below.

Dave Fordham

Using his 24 years’ experience of glass media, Dave - now 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 every issue 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 all the major industry bodies.

Barbara Beadman

Having been a director of two glass manufacturing companies (Plowden & Thompson Ltd and Tudor Crystal) Barbara’s career has included technical product ranges, design and development of packaging samples and creation of domestic and art pieces. She’s also overseen design and engineering apprentices. Now semi-retired, Barbara continues to promote glass appreciation and nurture new talent as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers, chairman of Broadfield House Glass Museum, a judge for Dudley College’s Broadfield prize and a jury member for the British Glass Biennale.

Dr Catherine Birch

Cath is programme development manager and senior research fellow for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Institute of Food Science and Innovation at the University of Chester. She is also Director of the Functional Foods Research Centre which engages business in, and evaluates, research collaborations. Cath is actively involved with the Packaging Consortium of Businesses (FuturePack) for development of postgraduate packaging courses and research. A key part of Cath’s work is knowledge transfer and engagement activity with the food and drink industry, covering both business development and research activity.

Andrew Hartley

During his 30 years’ in the glass industry Andy has worked across combustion, raw materials, quality control and environmental activities – building up a detailed, technical understanding of glass manufacture, material flows, energetics and emissions that has informed the glass industry and policy makers. His work has taken him to glass production sites across the world – including Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Poland, Latvia and Ireland. Before working in the glass industry Andy worked on combustion in both the steel and mining industry. He has a BSc in Fuel Science.

Dr Nicholas Kirk

As Technical Director at British Glass, and formerly at Glass Technology Services Ltd, Nick has provided technical leadership across a range of services to the glass industry’s full supply chain – including material innovation, product development, verification and testing. He is a board member for Cetie (International Technical Centre for Bottling), works with BSI on glass standards and with Glass Alliance Europe and FEVE on a range of technical matters. With a degree in material science and a PhD on glass surface chemistry, Nick has also worked in furnace design and construction for Tecoglas, and managed glass recycling contracts.

Jenni Richards

Jenni is British Glass’ Senior Environment, Health and Safety Adviser. She’s worked with the glass industry for more than a decade - using her technical knowledge to support British Glass members, influence legislation and represent the sector to UK and EU government. Her work on the UK Glass Sector Decarbonisation Roadmap, and a raft of climate change and pollution controls, continues to help the UK glass sector compete in global markets. Jenni also leads Health and Safety Forward – a dynamic system for continuous improvement across the glass sector, aligned to Health and Safety Executive strategy. Her industry experience is underpinned by both NEBOSH and IEMA qualifications.

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