Cristiano Testi (Chair of the Judging Panel)

Director & LLP Member at tp bennett; Chairman of BCO NextGen London Committee; Fellow of the RSA

Cristiano lived and worked in both Italy and the UK before graduating from the University for the Creative Arts. He then joined Scott Brownrigg where he delivered a number of schemes in the UK and abroad for clients including The Office Group, Goodman, Cadbury, Baker & McKenzie and Union Investment.

In 2011 he joined the interiors division of tp bennett, becoming an Associate Director in 2012, a Project Director in 2014, and Director in 2016. In his time here, he designed PwC’s HQ refurbishment at Embankment Place, delivered Johnson & Johnson’s London Innovation Centre, and led agile working projects with major financial occupiers including UBS and Nationwide Building Society.

More recently, he has overseen shipbroker Clarksons’​ relocation to St Katharine Docks, been involved in insurance business W. R. Berkley’s new HQ in 52 Lime Street, also known as the ‘Scalpel’, and worked on major projects for clients as diverse as Facebook, Societe Generale, Barings, Investec, EBRD, and Hogan Lovells; including complex pre-lets working with signature architects and prominent developers.

He enjoys the full spectrum of a project, from inception to completion, working closely with clients, consultants and contractors in the creation of a strong design with fastidious attention to detail and quality. He leads and motivate internal and external teams, and advises frequently at board level.

He is also passionate about research and network development: he is the Chairman of the British Council for Offices NextGen Committee for professionals under the age of 35, and a Fellow of the RSA.

John Forrester

Chief Executive, EMEA, Cushman & Wakefield

John is Cushman & Wakefield’s Chief Executive, EMEA, a role he previously held at DTZ, prior to the firm’s merger with Cushman & Wakefield. He is a member of the Global Executive Committee and Global Management Board.

A one of Europe’s most respected real estate professionals, John specialises in the development, design and leasing of large commercial projects together with strategic advice to major corporate occupiers.  John has extensive knowledge of global real estate markets and strategies and is a trusted advisor to a number of substantial leading global organisations and property investors.

John served as an elected member of Board of the British Council for Offices until 2011 and served on the panel of National Judges for the British Council for Offices Awards, Chairing the Panel in 2010.  John was President of the British Council for Offices from July 2016 – July 2017.

David Hamilton

Director of Projects, Malcolm Reading Consultants

David is Director of Projects at Malcolm Reading Consultants, where he oversees the competitions department. He has led on key projects, including competitions for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s Culture & Education Quarter; Homerton College, Cambridge; the RAF Museum; Science Island, Kaunas; and Gallaudet University.

David has been a guest critic for design studios at The Bartlett and the LSE. He has lectured widely on competitions, sharing insights on how ambitious studios can distinguish themselves from the pack. He also wrote the lead article for the Architects’ Journal’s ‘Business of Architecture’ guide, in which he advised architects and designers on how to judge which competitions to enter and offered tips for successful bidding.

David gained valuable experience working for AMA Alexi Marmot Associates as a consultant on the new National Library of Greece (designed by Renzo Piano). Prior to this, he ran his own consultancy, Urban Sense, and worked for Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates as a senior architect and masterplanner.

Ben Johnson

Director Workplace Resources EMEA, IHS Markit

Ben is the Director Workplace Resources EMEA for IHS Markit, a global business information powerhouse connecting expert analytics, data, research and insight across a wide range of capital intensive industries and markets.  In his role Ben is responsible for the operational facilities and workplace management of a portfolio of 40 offices in 18 countries.

Following the merger of IHS and Markit in 2016 Ben has been focussed on delivering workplace and office integration activities in a dynamic, complex and rapidly changing workplace footprint.

In addition, Ben is the President of the UK Chapter for CoreNet Global and has been actively involved with the UK Chapter for 10 years, including 3 years as the chair for the organising committee for the UK Chapter’s annual “1 Big Day” conference.

Prior to his current role Ben was Head of Real Estate at Sky and also part of the Corporate Services team at Cushman & Wakefield, all of which provides a balanced occupier/end user and service provider perspective.

Shannon Pope-Ellis

Store Planning & Design Director, Estée Lauder Companies



Ken Shuttleworth

Founding Director, Make Architects

Ken Shuttleworth is recognised as one of the world’s leading architects. In the course of his 40-year career, he has worked on some of the most groundbreaking architectural landmarks in the world.

In 2004, Ken founded Make Architects, an award-winning employee-owned practice with a reputation for design excellence. Prior to this he built up a remarkable portfolio of experience at Foster + Partners.

Since Make’s inception, Ken has led the practice and acted as a guardian to its 150-strong staff, spread across studios in London, Hong Kong and Sydney. He oversees the design development of every scheme. Under his leadership Make has established itself as one of the UK’s foremost architectural firms, winning accolades across a range of sectors in the UK and abroad.

He is President of the British Council for Offices and in 2013 set up the Future Spaces Foundation to advance research into sustainable cities.