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


Tony has over 26 years’ experience in Office Agency & Development, having practiced in Leeds, West End of London and now the North East of England. Specialising in masterplanning, public realm and design, pre and post development marketing strategy and advising a wide range of public and private sector clients on acquisition and disposal.

During the last 15 years or so since Tony returned to the North East, he has advised developers funds and the public sector on many of the largest and high profile schemes in the region, from conception stage through to disposal. Examples include Quorum Business Park, amounting to approximately 1m sq ft and been involved in most, if not all, of the main Grade A office buildings in Newcastle city centre.

In addition, he has been particularly active on the tenant side and has been heavily involved in a number of significant acquisitions.


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 as well as offices in Europe and the Middle East. These include the BBC’s iconic Broadcasting House; the White Collar Factory, UN Geneva, and Shell’s London headquarters, as well as speculative offices for developers including Derwent London, LandSec, U+I & Brookfield.

 Mike is helping to create the next generation smart office spaces across the UK, advising Schroders on their new headquarters, British land in Canada Water and AECOM’s new HQ in Aldgate.

Mike has contributed to the 2014 & 2019 BCO Guides, is a technical author for the new RIBA Office of Future, a winning team member of 2011 BCO Office of the Future, and has been nominated for an ACE Ambassadors award.



  Mark Kowal RIBA
  Partner, Sheppard Robson


Mark is Head of Offices at Sheppard Robson. He is adept at both designing and delivering major developments, with particular expertise in the design of office and mixed-use developments within conservation areas. In London his recent projects include Vodafone’s headquarters in Paddington for Development Securities and a major project on Regent Street for the Crown Estate incorporating the flagship Apple store. He is currently leading the design of 245 Hammersmith Road for Legal & General in London and Brunel Place in Slough for U+I.

Mark is a professionally qualified project manager and a member of the Association for Project Management. He also sits on the BCO Board of Management.



 Stephen Lewis

 Managing Director, HFD Property Group

With over 20 years’ experience of commercial property, 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 from Property & Asset Management, Consultancy, Agency and Development.

Geographically this has included roles in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire with project coverage across Scotland and the north of England.

 Projects range from single City Centre developments to new and established Business Parks including recent and current projects such as Strathclyde Business Park (SBP) and Hamilton International Park (HIP). Highlights include the EcoCampus (235,000sq.ft) at HIP - the UK’s first speculative Carbon Neutral Office, let in its entirety to University West of Scotland and CityPark1, a new 215,000sq.ft office for Wood Group in Aberdeen.

 City Centre development include G1, the 130,000sq.ft redevelopment in George Square and winner of the 2011 BCO Best Commercial Workplace award and the 2012 BCO Best Commerical Fit-out award and Bothwell Exchange, an entire city block including the recently completed 155,000sq.ft office pre-let to Morgan Stanley and a new 305,000sq.ft office, partially pre-let to Clydesdale Bank.

 Our current portfolio is home to over 340 businesses (predominately office occupiers ranging from 200 – 235,000sq.ft) with combined employment in excess of 15,000 staff.

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

Cristiano joined the interiors division of tp bennett in 2011, becoming a Director in 2016. In his time here he played a key role in PwC’s HQ refurbishment at Embankment Place, delivered Johnson & Johnson’s London Innovation Centre, led W. R. Berkley’s new HQ in the Scalpel and Clarksons’ relocation to St Katharine Docks, and worked on agile working standards for Nationwide and UBS.

More recently, he advised Société Générale on their pre-let at One Bank Street, before leading the design and the ongoing delivery. He supported Facebook on their lease at Rathbone Place, working with Frank Gehry on the concept and overseeing the successful completion of the project. He is also advising Facebook on their longer-term London projects.

Recognising the increasingly global nature and breadth of our industry, in 2016 Cristiano established a connection with a partner practice in the US West Coast, as well as reinforcing ties with existing affiliates in the US East Coast and the Middle East. This has led to projects for PayPal in California, Spotify in Boston and Dubai as well as London and Amsterdam, and other projects, frameworks and opportunities globally.

Cristiano enjoys the full spectrum of a project, from inception to completion, initially working closely with clients to establish a strong vision, and then with consultants and contractors to ensure high quality design and attention to detail. He has served as Chair of the British Council for Offices (BCO) NextGen Committee, he is Chair of the BCO Urban Affairs Group and on the national judging panel for the BCO Awards, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Regional Panels

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