Bernadette Barker

An interview in our series, 'Spotlighting Adjudicators'

Bernadette Barker

What were you, professionally, before you started work as an Adjudicator?

I qualified as an architect and I am of course still an architect.

I was employed by John Laing where the Chief Architect encouraged me when I decided to undertake the MSc in Construction Law and Arbitration at Kings College. It was then a natural progression to train as an adjudicator when the HGCRA 1996 came into effect.

How in your view has adjudication changed over your career?

It seems a long time ago now, but with documents sent only by email I am delighted that I am no longer presented with  boxes and boxes of folders to go through. Exchanging information electronically has made adjudication far more efficient.

What advice would you give to 'new' adjudicators?

Be brave and confident and don't be bullied.