The Adjudication Process

Main Adjutication Panel

Greg Allen (Chair)
Senior Lecturer in Landscape Studies at Writtle College, a past BALI vetting officer and dispute adjudicator

Greg is a senior lecturer in landscape studies at Writtle College in Essex specialising in landscape construction, contract management and plant knowledge. A parks apprenticeship in East Kilbride followed by study at Askham Bryan College provided a firm base for a career in horticulture spanning some 30 years, including time at Bedofrd Borough Council and Castle Howard in York before moving into teaching.

He has been Curator of Grounds at Writtle for 13 years and played a key role in developing both the landscape teaching at the college and its decorative gardens.

No stranger to RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows, Greg has led many student groups to win a clutch of Silver Gilt and Gold medals for small and large show gardens. More recently he has worked within the landscape sectors as a specialist consultant. Greg plays an active role within BALI as a Regional Vetting Officer and Adjudicator in landscape disputers.


Steve Roberts
Landscape architect, lecturer, consultant and author on flowers and design

Steve trained in geography and geology, taking a post graduate landscape course at Edinburgh. As a landscape architect he worked for various local government authorities. He began lecturing at the Welsh College of Horticulture in 1979 as Head of Department, eventually assuming the post of College Marketing Director. During his time at the college he developed the three year National Diploma course in Interior Landscaping, winning interior landscape exhibit gold medals at the Liverpool Garden Festival and Stoke Garden Festival and medals from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

After leaving the Welsh College in 1999 Steve set up an event and design company winning gold medals and Best in Show at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2000, 2004 and 2006. He has written six books on flowers and design.


Robin Templar Williams
Award winning international garden designer, lecturer and co-ordinator of the Garden Design School.

Robin's career in landscaping began in 1979 and after gaining 10 years practical experience of building and planting gardens he progressed into design. As managing director of Wiltshire-based landscape design practice Robin Williams & Associates Ltd, he now specialises in private gardens and landscapes both in the UK and internationally, more recently in Russia and the Ukraine.

The recipient of numerous awards, including a number of RHS gold medals, Robin is also co-director of Garden Design School, a private college which trains individuals to a professional level.  He also lectures on the subject of garden and landscape design for the Association of Professional Landscape Designers in the USA, of which he is a Board Director, the Royal Horticultural Society and to landscape designers and contractors in Moscow. He is a Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers and a BALI Board Director a BALI Awards judge since 2005.

Richard Barnard
RHS Show Judge of long standing, recipient of the RHS Associate of Honour accolade in 2011, governor of Pershore College and managing director of Hillier Landscapes.


Richard’s career in landscaping spans 40 years.  After studying at Pershore College and an initial three years with Lovejoy’s in Landscape Architecture he joined Hillier Landscapes eventually becoming owner and Managing Director.

Within this time Hillier’s have won principal BALI awards and the Grand Award in 2007.  He has chaired the SW region of BALI and been on council.  For the past 20 years Richard has been an RHS show garden judge and member of the Show Gardens Committee.  As an ardent show garden contractor at RHS shows, fourteen gold medals and four best in show have been won during the last 10 years.  Richard became a Governor of Pershore College in the 90’s and is actively a member of the Pershore Forward Group.

John Melmoe
Commercial Director of multi award winning Willerby Landscapes, contractors for the Olympic Park and Jubilee Park projects.

John attended Merrist Wood Horticultural College in 1976 to study Landscape Management before joining Comtec (UK) Ltd in the role of Contracts Manager. Promoted within the Company to oversee Erosion Control projects on an international basis, operating in Gabon, Kenya, Tanzania, Singapore & Malaysia.

In 1984 he was recruited to assist former Colleagues in the establishment of a landscape contracting company trading as Willerby Landscapes Ltd. Working with a close knit Management Team the reputation & stature of the Company has grown year on year. Under his Stewardship Willerby’s have achieved no fewer than four BALI Grand awards & several Principal awards. The Company regularly constructs Gold medal winning gardens at Chelsea Flower Show. In 2005, as recognition of his contribution to the industry, he was made an honorary member of the Kew Guild.

Design Specialist for the Design Excellence Award Categories

Jason Lock
 Co-founder, Deakinlock Garden Design

Jason will join the main adjudication panel when they review the Design Excellence Awards categories.

Jason Lock runs Deakinlock Garden Design in North Suffolk with business partner Chris Deakin and has been working in the industry for 25 years. Former director of Notcutts Landscapes he has a wide knowledge of both design and construction, he became a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers in 1994, servicing on the committee for 2 years.

Jason was Chairman of the Association of Professional Landscapers for 10 years and CEO for 2 years.

He became a Registered Designer with BALI in 2010 and has taught at the London College of Garden Design in recent years.Jason has also won numerous awards throughout his career to date including RHS Chelsea, Hampton Court, Gardeners World and APL Awards.

Employer of the Year and Affiliate Exceptional Service Adjudication Panel

Greg Allen (Chair - as above)

Madge Moore
Director for England within LANTRA


Madge Moore is National Director for England within Lantra, working to develop close working relationships between the Sector Skills Council, employers and a wide range of Government departments, agencies and learning providers.  She was appointed to this post in October 2004 having previously held the role of Director of Policy and Employer Engagement where she was tasked with taking forward the areas of marketing and communications, employer engagement and policy development.


Tony Walmsley
Freelance business development consultant

Tony is a Freelance business development consultant and LANTRA Investor in People specialist who has worked in the horticultural industry for over 30 years.






Peter Jennins
Current BALI Vetting Officer

Peter is a member of the Association of Construction Adjudicators (AICA) and has undertaken adjudications for BALI as well as being Vetting Officer for the North of England since his retirement from business.

He was awarded an OBE for services to charity and the Landscape Industry in the North West in the Queen's 2012 Jubilee Birthday Honours List.

He is also a trustee of one of BALI’s chosen charities the Geoffrey Chalk Fund.