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Despite the fact that the thermometer has only just dipped below the unbearable, we’re (and when we say ‘we’re’, what we really mean is our expert colleagues in our events division) already well underway with preparations for the Mixology North Winter Ball – and, of course, awards. That includes the exciting task of selecting our awards judges. As many of you will be aware, we now split our panel into two, with one set of industry experts judging the projects and related awards, and the other judging the products and their related categories.
Here is our first Fab Four – who will be tasked with judging your projects. More judges to come next month…

Stephen Hodder, Chairman, Hodder + Partners
Stephen joined Building Design Partnership in 1981 and became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1982. He has been in practice since 1983 and formed Hodder Associates in 1992, which won the Royal Fine Art Commission / Sunday Times Building of the Year Award for Colne Swimming Pool in Lancashire later that year. In 1996 Hodder Associates received the most important award in British Architecture for a single building, the inaugural Stirling Prize for Architecture for the Centenary Building, University of Salford. The Practice has now won over forty major awards. He was awarded an MBE for services to architecture in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1998.


Samantha Addison, Director, Colliers
Samantha Addison is a Director within the Project & Building Consultancy division at global real estate advisor, Colliers International. She has over 25 years of Project Management experience, successfully delivering new build and fit-out schemes for occupiers across the UK and Europe. These include corporations such as Shell, Microsoft, Nokia Networks, and Sky. Previously, Samantha spent two years working for Tower Eight, where she spearheaded the company expansion into the commercial sector, winning and delivering projects for Centrica, Whitbread and Unite. She also held positions at JLL for 18 years.


Atul Bansal, Co-Founder, Sheila Bird Group
With 30 years’ experience in interior design and fit-out, Atul takes an innovative approach to design, which stems from an understanding of interaction and use of the workplace and how it is directly linked to productivity and the thought generation. He hates ‘trends’ and is passionate about breaking habits that restrict how people work. Offering truly independent interior design advice, Atul is driven by the challenge of the brief rather than the size of the client, therefore engaging with small start-ups through to large PLCs. Atul advises well-known companies across the UK, including Manchester Science Partnerships, Bruntwood, Alliance, Dentsu Aegis Networks and Patrizia. Atul has a passion for travel and architecture and is a keen freehand sketch artist.


Paul Munro, Regional Director, ISG
Paul is approaching 30 years of major construction project experience. Paul joined ISG in 2017 to lead the North West business, which carries out new build, refurbishment and fit-out projects across the region. Recently completed projects include the £13 million refurbishment of Manchester Corn Exchange for hotel operator Roomzzz and the £39 million redevelopment of Liverpool Lime Street. ISG is a global construction services company, fuelled by an ideas-driven culture to deliver places that help people and businesses thrive.