Former Leeds College student’s brush with success

A former painting and decorating apprentice from Leeds College of Building who works alongside his father at their family run Harrogate-based business, has had his skills rewarded at a national awards ceremony.

Matthew Green and his father Chris Green, who owns Chris Green Decorators, have been named as the best decorators in the country winning both the Residential Contract Award and Supreme Winner Award at the Johnstone’s Painter of the Year ceremony which was held in Manchester.

Winning a brand new fully branded Fiat Doblo van, the father and son team wowed the judges and fellow decorators with their work on a Grade II-listed Georgian home on the Stray in Harrogate.

Matthew said: “We are overwhelmed to have won. It’s a real honour to have been crowned Johnstone’s Painter of the Year and even more so because the votes came from our peers.

“Having so many fellow decorators congratulate us was particularly humbling and it’s an experience we will never forget.”

The Johnstone’s Painter of the Year Awards Ceremony recognises the great and good of the decorating industry and is one of the most anticipated events in the decorating calendar.

This year the awards celebrated its 31st anniversary. The ceremony took place at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester and the awards were split over four categories – residential, period and restoration, health and education, and commercial.

A shortlist of 20 projects were drawn up by the Johnstone’s panel of technical experts who visited every project, and judgments were made on the quality of the decorative finish, the intricacy if the work involved and the technical and logistical challenges presented by the project.

Head of the construction crafts faculty at Leeds College of Building Chris Ferguson said: “Matthew studied with us for three years to achieve an NVQ Level three qualification in painting and decorating.

“He was an outstanding student who worked very hard and was extremely well-skilled.

“We are not surprised that he has been recognised in this way and we were delighted to congratulate him in person when he came to tell us the good news.”

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David Tiffany from Leeds College of Building, Chris Green, Matthew Binns from Leeds College of Building and Matthew Green


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