The expertise and commitment shown by our National and Regional judges is superb.

Their dedication helps make the BCO Awards one of the most rigorous judging processes and, therefore, worthwhile in the property industry. Judging panels are made up of BCO members who serve up to three years on the panel. Each year one or two judging panel members change.


Chair of National Judging Panel



Tony Hordon
Parabola, Managing Director


Before joining Parabola, Tony was head of office at Cushman & Wakefield in Newcastle, previously having worked in Leeds and the West End of London. Tony has some 30 years’ experience in Office Agency & Development specialising in masterplanning, public realm & design, pre and post development marketing strategy and has advised a wide range of public and private sector clients on acquisition and disposal.

Tony has advised developers, funds and the public sector on many of the largest and high-profile schemes in the North East region, from conception stage through to disposal.  Examples include Quorum Business Park, amounting to approximately 1m sq. ft. and has been involved in most, if not all, of the main Grade A office buildings in Newcastle city centre. 

Some 4 years ago Tony joined Parabola, who were a long term client, and is now the Managing Director for the group. Parabola are currently on site with the first phase of Edinburgh Park, delivering a commercial building with supporting public realm and art, with consent for a further 1m sq. ft. In due course this will be complemented with residential development of some 1,800 homes following a successful detailed planning application last year.


National Judging Panel

 MIke Burton    

 Mike Burton MEng CEng MCIBSE
AECOM, Director




With over 25 years’ experience in sustainable building services design, Mike has helped to deliver some of UKs most important new and refurbished offices along with offices in Europe and the Middle East. These include the BBC’s iconic Broadcasting House; the White Collar Factory, refurbishing the United Nations Geneva, and Schroders new London HQ, as well as speculative offices for developers including Derwent London, Landsec, U+I & Brookfield.


Mike is currently helping to create the next generation of smart & flexible office spaces across the UK working with British Land in Canada Water, U+I in Birmingham, CORE in West end, and the City of London’s Salisbury Square.


Mike is co-author for the RIBA book Next Generation Office Design, has contributed to the 2014 & 2019 BCO Guides, is a winning team member of BCO Office of the Future, BCO inspiration leader finalist and nominated for an ACE Ambassador award.  Mike is a BCO Nextgen Mentor, and winner of the WICE Mentor of the Year, and a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers.




  Mark Kowal RIBA
  Partner, Sheppard Robson


Mark leads the office sector at Sheppard Robson. His expertise spans workplace, retail and mixed-use developments predominantly on projects in the UK but also the USA and Middle East.  His 27 years of experience within the office sector has covered all aspects of workplace design, including speculative and headquarters buildings both across the new-build and refurbishment solutions.

Mark has recently completed a large speculative office scheme at 245 Hammersmith Road and is currently undertaking a number of refurbishment projects in London.

Mark is Vice President of the BCO and will chair the BCO Conference in 2022.  He currently sits on the BCO Executive Board and Board of Management.                       




Gayle A. Leslie BA (Hons), MSc            

Director of Real Estate – Global Workplace & Sustainability, Wood




Gayle is Director of Real Estate – Global Workplace & Sustainability for Wood with over 400 offices spread over 60 countries.  Gayle oversees aspects of global workplace and real estate sustainability strategies across all business units including real estate major projects, total facilities management and continuous improvement strategies. 

Wood is a global leader in consulting and engineering across energy and the built environment headquartered in Aberdeen. 

Before joining Wood in 2008, Gayle was the UK Facilities & Travel Manager for 10 years at KCA Deutag, a major drilling contractor, working throughout UK, Norway, Middle East and Europe.

Gayle holds a bachelor’s honours degree in Management and a MSc in Property Development from Robert Gordon’s University, Aberdeen.


 Stephen Lewis

 Managing Director, HFD Property Group

With over 25 years’ commercial property experience, predominately office led developments, I have been fortunate enough to work across both the private and public sectors on both the client and consulting side in a range of roles including Property & Asset Management, Consultancy, Agency and Development.

Projects include large scale mixed-use Business Parks incorporating some of Scotland’s largest and best office developments such as EcoCampus (235,000 sq.ft), the UK’s first speculative Carbon Neutral Office in 2012, and CityPark1 (215,000 sq.ft) HQ for Wood Group in Aberdeen.


With a track record in sustainable development dating back to Scotland’s first ‘A’ rated EPC development in 2008 and now Glasgow’s first NZC office development at 177 Bothwell St (315,000sq.ft) incorporating Scotland’s first roof-top running track.


Our portfolio is home to over 340 businesses (predominately office occupiers ranging from 200 – 235,000sq.ft) with combined employment in excess of 18,000 staff.


HFD have developed a number of award winning developments including G1 (130,000 sq.ft) redevelopment in George Square (winner of the 2011 BCO Best Commercial Workplace award and 2012 BCO Best Commercial Fit-out award in Scotland) and 122 Waterloo Street, winning 2019 BCO Best Commercial Workplace award in Scotland.


Stephen is a member of the BCO Committee and BCO Mentor in Scotland.



 18NAT_CristianoTesti    Cristiano Testi BA (Hons), Principal Director, tp bennett


Cristiano is a Principal Director in the Interiors Team at tp bennett who enjoys the full spectrum of a project, from inception to completion. He works closely with clients to establish a strong vision, and with consultants and contractors to ensure attention to detail and high-quality delivery. His dedication to excellence led to an invitation to join the national judging panel for the BCO National Awards.


His past project experience ranges from PwC’s HQ refurbishment at Embankment Place; working with Frank Gehry on Facebook’s offices at Rathbone Place, and advising Société Générale on its pre-let at One Bank Street, before leading the design of the new premises.


More recently, Cristiano has been supporting Facebook on their London campus in King’s Cross and working with Citi to reimagine their EMEA HQ at 25 Canada Square in Canary Wharf. His experience with technology, finance, professional services and legal occupiers, as well as leading developers, allows him to share insightful solutions with clients in a veriety of sectors and disciplines.


Cristiano has been instrumental in developing and reinforcing relationships with practice partners in the US: East and West Coat, and the Middle East, which have led to projects for PayPal in California, Spotify in Boston, Dubai, London and Amsterdam, and frameworks and opportunities globally.


Cristiano is passionate about the industry. He served as Chair of the BCO NextGen Committee, which seeks to develop the next generation of talent, and is currently Chair of the BCO Urban Affairs Group.



Regional Panels

London and the South East
Midlands & East Anglia
North of England, North Wales & Northern Ireland
South West, Thames Valley and South Wales