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Meet the 2017 Window with a View judges!

Friday, 19th May 2017

We’ve assembled a brilliant panel of experts to choose this year’s finalists in the Window with a View and Home with a View competitions.

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Hundreds of you have sent in pictures of your favourite Window with a View from across the country. From rooftop bars to stately houses, we’ve been inundated with fantastic photography from your favourite hotspots across the UK, as well as many from the comfort of your own home as part of our new competition, Home with a View. Now, the time has finally come for us to announce our judging panel.

Our team of experts from the glazing, tourism, photography, interiors and properties industries will meet in June to assess the entries and help pick four winners from each region across the UK.

Following that, it’ll be over to you – the great British public – to decide your regional winners. From there, you’ll also be tasked with picking a national winner.

We’re thrilled to have such a high calibre of judges joining us for this second year of the competition, with their extensive experience across a variety of industries, in which windows play a vital part.

Over to our judges!

James Lee – Director of Marketing and Communications, GGF and

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With over 20 years’ marketing management experience gained in manufacturing/retail, media, art and publishing, James joined the GGF in 2011 with a remit to grow and develop the GGF brand in all markets across the glazing industry, as well as in the political and broader construction sector.

A Chartered Marketer and active member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), James is the CIM’s Professional Marketing Ambassador for London and as part of the CIM Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG), is on the judging panel for the Construction Marketing Awards.

Tom Biddle – Photographer

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Tom is a professional architectural photographer, based in the North West. After originally studying and working as a landscape architect in Manchester, Tom found it difficult to commission a photographer to capture one of his own finished schemes, resulting in him founding Tom Biddle Photography, focusing specifically on architectural-related work.

Since then Tom has used the skills learnt working in the construction industry, and his own passion for photography, to really understand what architects, landscape architects and interior designers need when commissioning photography for a building, design or space. Ranging from large signature buildings, to interior spaces and bespoke detailing, Tom captures the elements that makes every building or space unique.

Dilly Orme – Interior Stylist and Writer

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Dilly Orme is an established interiors and style editor with over 25 years’ experience as a home stylist and writer. She recently edited the Woman’s Weekly monthly craft magazine, Love To Make, a bound glossy magazine with 76 to 100 pages of editorial.

With strong management experience developed over the last twenty years, Dilly ran the home departments at Me, Essentials and Woman’s Weekly.

As well as briefing stylists, photographers and directing shoots, she has also commissioned a wide variety of crafts, which need to be carefully produced to work together in styled shoots. She has also worked on a freelance basis for Ideal Home, House Beautiful, Style At Home, Good Homes, Real Homes, Beautiful Kitchens and KBB

Bernard Donoghue – Tourism expert

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Bernard Donoghue has held the position of director of ALVA – the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions – since September 2011, having previously worked as the Head of Government and Public Affairs for VisitBritain, the national tourist board between 1997 and 2010. He was a Board Director of Marketing Manchester, 2001 – 2010, and Chairman of VisitManchester, the Manchester tourist board, 2008 – 2010. He was founder and Co-Chair of British Tourism Week, 2008 – 2010, launching the initiative and securing the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales.

In July 2015 he was elected Chairman of the Tourism Alliance, which ALVA was instrumental in founding in 2001. It is the representative body for over 200,000 businesses across the whole of the tourism sector in England; from airlines and airports, cities and destinations, the hospitality industry, restaurants, attractions, B&Bs, caravan parks and business conferences and events. Between 2014 and 2015 he was Deputy Chairman of the Tourism Alliance.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA), a Fellow of the Tourism Society (FTS), Fellow of WWF-UK, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MCIPR) and lives in London.

Nicola Fleet Milne – Residential property business owner

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Nicola has always been the ambition behind FleetMilne Property. She spends her time networking, driving the brand and setting up relationships in Birmingham and beyond. Her focus is making sure everyone is aware of the influence and data we have in the world of residential property management, sales and lettings.

Her second project, Smart Living, sees her team expand their skillset into the world of Build to Rent; the sector for the future of renting. Nicola liaises with asset managers, fund managers, developers and architects to design and construct the right scheme in the right location for Generation Rent; once built, the Smart Living team assume operational responsibility and ensure performance meets and exceeds expectations.

Nicola also has a million interests outside of work: she’s currently Chair of the Jewellery Quarter Neighbourhood Planning Forum, a senior Board Member at Colmore BID and The Birmingham Hippodrome and has recently been instrumental in setting up West Midlands Women’s Voice to promote the role of women in this new political and economic atmosphere in conjunction with the WMCA. She’s also won a number of personal awards including Birmingham Young Professional of the Year ‘Entrepreneurial’ winner and the Institute of Director’s Emerging Talent award.

Janet Dugdale – Museum director

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Janet is Director of Museum of Liverpool and Director of Merseyside Maritime Museum. She is responsible for the museums, collections, curatorial, administrative and conservation teams for National Museums Liverpool’s venues on the Liverpool Waterfront. As well as the Museum of Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum, her remit also includes other buildings on the site, the Canning Graving Docks and Seized!, the Border Force national collection and museum.

Having worked in history museums since 1988, her career started with the Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit, followed by the Lake District Art Gallery and Museum Trust where she ran the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry and was a founding member of Kendal Oral History Society.

Janet holds a History degree from the University of Manchester and a post-graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. She took the UEA Museum Leadership Programme and was in the first cohort of the Museums Association’s ‘Transformers’ programme. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in the University of Liverpool’s History Department and is a Fellow of both the Museums Association and the Royal Society of Arts.

Will they pick your favourite Window with a View?

Stay posted to see which locations our judges deem the best Windows with a View in your region and across the UK in June – follow on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

Remember – entries don’t close until 31st May, so you’ve still plenty of time to enter your photographs for either Window with a View or Home with a View – you could be in with a chance of winning some great prizes!

Extra: Take a look at last year’s Window with a View winner and regional finalists

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