Meet the Judges for Ireland’s Plumbing and Heating Awards 2023

It is almost time for Ireland’s Plumbing & Heating Awards 2023! Hosted by Ireland’s Plumbing & Heating Magazine and with Calor as headline sponsor, the event will celebrate the country’s top plumbing and heating contractors, consultants, merchants, manufacturers, people, products, and projects.

We have received an incredible level of entries, and the judges will face the difficult task of selecting winners from the various categories in the awards. The winners will be rewarded at a gala ceremony on Friday 10 November 2023, at Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin. While we count down the days for this great event for the sector, learn more about our independent panel of respected industry experts who will offer their unrivalled experience and industry knowledge.

Head Judge – Paula Cosgrove, Project Development Officer, Apprentice & Work-based Learning Unit (Plumbing & Pipefitting) at SOLAS

Paula got started in the trades as an apprentice is plumbing. She had the opportunity to keep upskilling and working on continued professional development and found her passion through learning and working across a multitude of roles in the construction industry, from apprentice to plumber to instructor to project officer. At SOLAS, she helps train and nurture new skills-based talent for Ireland’s construction industry to support the country’s future development.

Pat Jordan, Chairman at Amalgamated Heating and Plumbing Contractors Group (APHCI)

Pat has over 45 years’ hands-on experience in the domestic and industrial heating and plumbing industry. He started out as an apprentice in the family business before eventually taking full control in 1990. Pat is a proactive member of the Installer representative Panel (IRP) for registered gas installers and a founder member of APHCI, the leading trade organisation for plumbing and heating contractors in Ireland where he is currently Chairman.


Mat Mullen, Associate Director at KSN Energy

Mat has been in the industry for over 25 years, first as a plumber and then as a contractor carrying out heating and plumbing installations. In 2008, he became involved in the renewable/retrofit market and qualified with a degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering. Today, Mat is Associate Director at KSN Energy, the managing agent for the SEAI grant schemes. He is also a committee member for the NSAI’s suite of standard recommendations to guide professionals to deliver high-quality, sustainable, and efficient building upgrades.


John Lavelle, Plumbing & Heating Industry Consultant

With more than 50 years of experience, John started his plumbing apprenticeship scholarship in 1962 at the school of trades, Bolton Street, (today Technological University Dublin). He joined H.A. O’Neills (now Jones Group Ltd.) in 1964 and completed his apprenticeship in 1967, when he obtained first place in the City & Guilds final examination for plumbing in Ireland and the UK. John was appointed trainee engineer at H.A. O’Neills in 1967 and received his final engineering certificate in 1971. He joined T. Bourke Ltd. in 1974 as a contract manager in the industrial mechanical services industry and remained in the company until 2008. John worked for several years as an independent consultant. He retired in 2012 but keeps up to date with contacts in the trade.