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Our Judges

John Butler

John Butler, who entered flooring as a carpet-fitter in 1963 and who was trained by Keith Shenton, today the oldest active floorlayer in the UK, formed his first company, Butler & Machin, in 1967. Later, he formed Contract Floor Installations which ran until 1995. Today, he runs John Butler Contracts, which specialises in several areas of flooring including retail areas in airports.

Richard Catt

Richard Catt is the Chief Executive Officer of the Contract Flooring Association. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the flooring industry, originally working within manufacturing. He joined the CFA in 2007 and continues to enjoy the varying demands of the role, He writes a monthly column for CFJ and represents the industry at a range of events and forums. One of his passions is training and he is a director of the Flooring Industry training association (FITA). Richard is married to Michelle and they have a son called Luke with whom he shares a love of motorsport. If he is not working for the CFA, he might be found riding his motorcycle or playing racket ball.

Richard Renouf

Richard Renouf is an independent consultant I'm a consultant member of the CFA, a member of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses and a provisional member of the Expert Witness Institute. He’s also worked as an independent expert witness for furnishings complaints for more than 27 years, writing reports and giving evidence in court claims. He’s also a community first responder, attending 999 calls to save lives in his community – so he knows how to deal with matters of life and death.

Simon Jackson

Simon Jackson founded sjjdc, a design consultancy collective undertaking in-depth strategic advice and change management and full interior design services in the office, residential and hospitality sectors. The company is particularly focused on creating unique but efficient and business appropriate solutions, providing benefits to its client's business, people and future organisational strategy. The approach incorporates intellectual research covering behavioural science and colour psychology, a focus on health and wellbeing and sustainability aspects, all aligned to tailored design and implementation methodology.


As a Facilities Management Consultant with over 25 years’ experience in the Property and Facilities Management world, Fiona has extensive client-side contract flooring experience both of Fit Out, Refurbishment and Construction Projects with Large Corporates, Financial Institutions, Insurance Sector, Education Sector, Healthcare Sector, Local Authorities and Charities. Understanding the complexities and pressures encountered by Flooring Contractors and Manufacturers, delivering within tight timescales with sometimes difficult access issues into complex workspaces, has given her an excellent background to judge the CFA/CFJ Awards for the last 3 years. She continues to operate as an FM Consultant nationally and is also a Non-Exec Director of a Housing Association in the North East. She is an Author and an internationally recognised Speaker and Campaigner against Domestic Abuse, regularly invited to speak at high profile conferences, in Parliament and in the media about the Importance of Employers in the Lives of Employees who may be victims and survivors of Domestic Abuse. She is an Ambassador for Alpha Vesta CIC and EIDA. Twitter: Fiona_Bowman LinkedIN: Fiona Bowman MBA