Judge Profile

Ian Cording
Entrepreneur

Although semi-retired, Ian focuses on his own developments and consultancy to a small number of long-standing clients and brings with him 43 years of experience in the design and construction industry, the last 33 of which were spent as the owner and managing partner of a Planning & Architectural Consultancy.

With a wealth of experience in planning, design, tendering, contract administration & disputes and project management the practice client base included private householders, numerous property developers, specialist schools, Unilever, Glaxo Smithkline, large commercial estate holders & managers in Luton and Letchworth, substantial agricultural operations including one of the largest egg producing operations in the UK  and a period being ‘nominated architects’ for the Diocese of St Albans. Working for many faiths and communities Ian and his company have worked on community centres, football clubs, bowling clubs, a ‘Rave’ arena along with mosques, gurdwara and temples; his first such credit in this latter respect was delivering a ‘turnkey’ project in the form of the first Hindu Temple in Bedford in the late 70’s.

Whilst claiming to be semi-retired he still maintains and develops connections in the world of construction. When assisting a client who had fallen foul of the local authority his attendance at a meeting caused the officers in questions to say, ‘thought you had retired Ian?’ … his retort ‘I am a mercenary, if a client pays me enough I will always go to war’. Needless to say, his vast experience in negotiating paid off, war has not broken out and a mutual resolve has been achieved.