All written entries received will be judged against the set criteria as outlined in the entry form. Our exclusive panel of expert judges will confirm three finalists in each category.

The winners will be announced at the prestigious awards ceremony at the House of Commons.

                                                                                                                               The Judges

Steve Hallam, Chief Operating Officer, NPTA.

I have been in the Pest Control industry for over 25 years starting out as a young technician working at a local authority covering all aspects of Pest Control to running the Pest and Dog control unit at a large local authority.

In 2019 I became the Chief Operating Officer of the National Pest Technicians Association where supporting members in the pest control industry is paramount.

I am please to be invited and able to offer my services on the judging panel of the National Pest Awards.

Ian Andrew, CEO, BPCA 

Ian says that if he is a professional in anything, it is membership. His experience includes the charity sector to professional bodies, including setting up a new Institute for Organisational Development to his most recent role for the last three years as CEO of BPCA.

Originally from the North East of Scotland, Ian is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh.

A proud dad and grandad, outside of work Ian enjoys hillwalking and has done a couple of long-distance walks including St Cuthbert’s Way and Hadrian’s Wall

Stephen Jacob, Chief Executive, BASIS Registration Ltd

Stephen Jacob is the Chief Executive of BASIS Registration Ltd. which is a national Awarding Body and Professional Standards organisation. He leads the team responsible for conducting Rodenticide Point of Sale Audits as well as administering exams and training in the pest management and crop protection industries. Under his leadership BASIS assesses over 3,000 candidates per year.

BASIS also manages the professional development of over 12,000 members of its CPD registers, including BASIS PROMPT and the BASIS Professional Register a register of agronomists.  


Stephen’s career has included working in plant breeding, crop protection, agronomy and farm management. He has a passion for continuing learning which has included gaining qualifications in both biology and business management with the Open University. This made his move to BASIS a natural career progression. 

Simon King, Editor, Pest Magazine

Simon King is the editor of Pest magazine. With more than 25 years’ experience in business-to-business journalism, Simon has sat on judging panels in several different industries and says it is a privilege to be involved in recognising achievements of individuals and businesses. Simon says he is very much looking forward to reading all the entries this year and he encourages pest controllers and pest control businesses to demonstrate their professionalism and industry knowledge, by entering the National Pest Awards 2021. He looks forward to meeting the finalists and celebrating the very best of the UK pest control industry at the gala dinner, to be held in one of the world’s most iconic venues, the Houses of Parliament. 

Simon Lewis, Publisher, Pest Magazine and Managing Director, Lewis Business Media 

Simon is the Publisher of Pest Magazine and Group Managing Director of its parent company, Lewis Business Media. Simon has been a judge of several award schemes in many different industries in the past including those in the farming, SQP and retail sectors. Simon will defer to the other judges knowledge and experience on matters relating to the technicalities of Pest control however Simon brings a wealth of business management experience to the panel.

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