Expert Witness and Independent Consultant for Manufacturers, Wholesalers, Consumers, Solicitors and Courts
I have been in the floorcovering trade since 1964, starting my own business J R Roberts in 1977.
During this time, I have played a pivotal role with National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers (NICF) as President for 6 years, developing standards and training programs. I set up and ran The Flooring Industry Training Association moving on to set up The Academy of Flooring Skills, an independent training organisation offering training and assessments of skills in most aspects of the flooring trade.
I have carried out training in floorcoverings in many countries around the world.
I organised and ran the Carpet Fitter of the year competition in the UK and set up the European Team Floorcovering Fitting championships held annually at the Domotex Floorcovering show in Germany from inception until 2008.
I was made a Fellow of the N.I.C.F in 2003 but due to not installing floorcoverings I have lapsed my membership.
I act as an independent consultant and expert witness for manufacturers, wholesalers, consumers, solicitors and courts.
Working with manufacturers and distributers, I write installation instructions, test products and tools.
I have carried out installation presentations at most of the major flooring shows around the world.
I conduct lectures on floorcovering subjects.
I was a lecturer in floorcovering NVQ’s at Leicester College until 2010 when they ceased offering NVQ’s in floorcoverings.