Our judges are some of the most respected figures in the property sector. 2018's panel features 52 industry experts comprising senior executives, media and marketing professionals and personalities from across the sector.
Andrew Montlake was one of the main founders of Coreco where he is now the Director responsible for Brand, Marketing and Communications. As Coreco’s Media Spokesperson Andrew can often be seen or heard on BBC TV & Radio or Sky News as well as regularly commenting in the national and trade press.
Anne Cuthbertson is the editor of the London Magazine, with 15 years experience in property journalism before taking on her current role. She has also launched several successful awards of her own, including Gardening Against the Odds and the Family Friendly Museum Awards.
Arabella Youens began her career at Country Life on the website as an intern. She read Modern History at Edinburgh University and spent a year working (photocopying) for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Barcelona before moving to London where she still lives with her husband and two young daughters.
Ben Taylor brings over 20 years of experience in estate agency to lead the management team at KW and is one of the most respected leaders in the property industry, with a track record of establishing and growing award-winning estate agency brands such as John D Wood & Co.
Bill McClintock has been involved in real estate for over 50 years with a strong interest in improving the profession. He is a founder director of The GPEA, an affinity group of over 700 agents across the UK and a separate chain, Fine and Country, with over two hundred UK and one hundred overseas offices.
Camilla Dell has worked in the property market for almost two decades, founding her own company, Black Brick Property Solutions, in 2007. Now London’s leading independent buying consultancy, the award winning Black Brick has been hugely successful in meeting the needs of domestic and international property buyers in the London property market.
Charles Leon originally trained as a theatre and film designer. In 1988, he was invited to join the UK’s foremost international hotel design company and in 1994, Charles established his own design practice specialising in Hospitality, Spa and Residential design. Currently President of the British Institute of Interior Design, he also lectures on design theory, innovation and the workings of the designer’s mind.
Christian Warman co-founded Tedworth Property in 2017 and has 15 years’ experience in the Prime Central London residential property market. He was a Director at Savills for 12 years and has sold some of London’s most eye-catching properties.
Duncan Samuel is an experienced entrepreneur and solicitor, with a track record in the property services market and the application of IT and workflow process to professional services. He is the founder and Managing Director of Gazeal, a company whose mission is to simplify buying houses in England and Wales.
Ed Mead has a forty year property history and recently left his job as Exec Director at Douglas & Gordon to start and run the gig economy viewing service Viewber. Despite its rapid growth he has regular slots on LBC and TalkRadio and keeps his knowledge current with various NED positions.
Emma McNamara has had a varied career, mainly in the world of horticulture, restoration and conservation of gardens working for the National Trust as the gardens and parks consultant for London and the South East.
Fleur Buckley has been with FrenchEntrée for eight years during which time she has assisted both sellers in marketing their homes to UK and foreign buyers and, in more recent years, working closely with clients to actualise their purchase of a holiday home or permanent home in France.
George Plumptre is the Chief Executive of the National Gardens Scheme, and an author, journalist, and lecturer acknowledged as an international authority on gardens and gardening. He has lectured all over the world, contributed articles to national newspapers and magazines, and written many books on gardening.
Grainne Gilmore is the Head of UK Residential Research at Knight Frank, where she produces data and analysis on all aspects of the UK housing market. She has appeared on television and radio as a market commentator and is frequently quoted in the press. Before joining Knight Frank in 2011, Gráinne was an award-winning financial journalist at The Times in London.
Henry Pryor is a well-known Property Commentator and the ‘BBC’s favourite property broadcaster’. With over three decades of experience in the property industry he has bought and sold nearly a thousand homes, and contributed to the property sphere with articles, tweets and much sought after comments.
Ian Floyed set up the UK’s largest regulated Legal Service Conveyancing business MyHomeMove which now employs over 600 people in Leicester, Manchester and Northampton. He also set up and is a Non Exec of Profile Pensions where his mantra is ‘doing the right thing by our clients in the often complex world of financial services’.
Isobel Thomson is CEO of the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS), an independent, not for profit, licensing scheme for lettings and managing agents in the private rented sector (PRS). For the last 17 years at NALS, Isobel has worked to protect the consumer, campaigning for a safer, fairer PRS for all.
James Craig has worked in communications and public relations for a decade and supported businesses and brands from all corners of the property industry from agents to lenders, brokers to property portals.
As founder of the Digital Marketing Bureau, James Dearsley combines a strong background in property with his digital marketing strategy. Always focusing on Marketing for the Now and Next, James helps to prepare others for the future, aligning clients’ ambitions with the latest innovations in digital marketing.
Jeremy Gates is the former Property Editor of the Daily Express and a journalist with the Press Association. He has decades of experience in writing about the property industry, and is a holder of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Property Press Awards.
Jeremy Leaf is a fellow of the RICS, the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) and the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) as well as principal of Jeremy Leaf & Co, a North London firm of Chartered Surveyors and estate agents which began trading in 1979.
After being a University teacher and then a City based property research analyst, John Wriglesworth founded The Wriglesworth Consultancy in 1998. This became a UK “top 100” PR company servicing mainly property based clients. It was sold in 2015 to the Instinctif Partners. John now acts as an independent strategic advisor.
As Director of Communications at ZPG Plc Lawrence Hall is responsible for external communications, social and content across ZPG's multi brands which includes some of the UK’s most trusted property and household-related digital brands including Zoopla, uSwitch, PrimeLocation, Money, Hometrack and Property Software Group.
Louisa Fletcher has nearly twenty years' professional experience in the property industry. In addition to writing weekly for Express.co.uk on property and mortgages, Louisa provides some of the largest estate agents, new home builders and finance providers in the UK with specialist housing market analysis. Her consumer’s guide to property, Property Uncovered, was published in 2014.
As the Head of Residential Agency at JLL, Lucy Morton leads the agency’s business, with over 35 years’ experience in the property industry to back her up. As well as her work for JLL, Lucy is a member and past President of ARLA, and has worked tirelessly to improve the standards of the estate and lettings agents’ industry regulation.
Mark Collins is the Chairman of Residential at CBRE UK, where he provides international and UK property investors and development companies with the benefit of his 36 years in the property industry. A leading figure in the London residential property market, he is also Chairman of LCCI’s Property and Construction Committee.
Matt Grayson is the Group Communications Director of Redrow PLC, one of the country’s leading home builders. An award-winning marketing & PR professional, Matt has nearly 20 years’ senior communications experience across finance, sport and property.
Bien Media was founded by Melanie Bien, the award-winning PR, author, and former personal finance editor of the Independent on Sunday. Melanie was also listed in the Daily Telegraph's Property Power List of the 25 most influential people in property.
Melanie Leech joined the British Property Federation in 2015, following nine years as Director General of the Food and Drink Federation. Her role is to champion UK real estate and to promote a sustainable partnership between governments and the sector to deliver a high quality built environment.
Michael Day MBA FRICS FNAEA is the Managing Director of Integra Property Services and has over 40 years’ residential property experience. Michael is a business mentor, trainer, coach and adviser to over 600+ industry clients.
Michael Wilson is television's longest serving business and economics editor with a media career that stretches over 35 years. He founded Sky's business coverage at its inception in 1989, and has been published nationally and internationally. Michael won Business Broadcaster of the Year in 2005 and was made a Freeman of the City of London in 2006.
Nick Salmon is the Managing Director of Property Industry Eye which he co-founded in 2014. Prior to this Nick had a 35+ year career in estate agency senior management. He is a well-known and respected figure in the world of residential estate agency and an authoritative property market commentator.
Nick Leeming was the joint founder of Propertyfinder, the UK’s first national property portal, which he helped to build into one of the country’s best known sites. Subsequently acquired by News International the business was eventually sold to Zoopla in 2009 where Nick became Major Accounts Director. Recognised with the 2008 Estate Agency award for Achievement Nick left Zoopla in 2012 to build a portfolio of board level appointments including non-executive director at Spark Energy and Belvoir Lettings PLC.
Nigel Lewis is a property writer and editor with a 23-year track record who has worked on a number of publications including The Negotiator, Trinity Mirror, Absolutely London magazine, the Daily Mail and Channel 4's A Place in the Sun.
Patrick Littlemore is now responsible for running the entire lettings department for Marsh & Parsons. Backed by his ARLA qualifications and understanding of the relevant legislation, he has always offered the market a 'Lettings Service' that achieves great results and establishes effective client/agent relationships.
Paul Lawrence is a Real Estate partner specialising in property investment and development (particularly for international investors). Educated at the University of Manchester LLB (Hons), Paul qualified in 1994. He is the International Head of Real Estate at Taylor Wessing and Chairman of FORA (Family Office Real Estate Advisors).
Paul Broadhead is Head of Mortgage Policy at the Building Societies Association. He played a key role in the implementation of FSA mortgage regulation within Halifax plc in 2004. Paul is a frequent media commentator and conference speaker on mortgages and housing in the UK. He is a member of the Consumer Policy Working Group of the European Association of Co-operative Banks.
Peter Knight is the Founder of Property Academy, which provides seminars and coaching, and of Estate Agent Events. He is also an international award winning speaker and author of bestseller 'HEMP', the 'Highly Effective Marketing Plan' published in 2003 by Pearson Education and now available in 11 different languages.
Peter Wetherell is Founder and Chief Executive of Wetherell who have specialised in Mayfair property for over 35 years. Known as “The Mayfair Guru”, Peter has been the Ambassador in bringing residential life back to Mayfair as London’s No.1 area.
Richard Lambert is Chief Executive Officer of the National Landlords Association. He began his career as a parliamentary civil servant in the House of Commons, then moved into trade associations, spending five years as the Policy Director covering residential issues at the British Property Federation and nine years as Chief Executive of the British Woodworking Federation.
Rob Hailstone, an ex-residential property conveyancer, formed the Bold Legal Group in 2010 which now has 700 member firms. BLG members are kept informed about conveyancing issues, including SRA Fraud Alerts, Law Society Practice Notes, GDPR, Dreamvar, SDLT, VAT on disbursements and the Government’s attempt at Improving the Home Buying and Selling Process.
Robert Walker launched Alexander James from his dining room table 21 years ago and after 11 years of providing show house design services and flooring, diversified into the private client sector in 2006. AJI now provide interior design and architectural services to property developers, private clients, and hotel groups throughout the world.
With over 20 years in the sector, from founding a traditional estate agency business and growing it to become the market leader in each of its branch locations, to bootstrapping and growing eMoov, one of the UK’s best known digital estate agents with over £3bn of homes sold, 30,000 customers and the accolade of being consistently rated the country’s Number ONE hybrid estate agent.
Sandy Warr is a hugely experienced and award-winning broadcaster with more than 30 years’ experience as a news presenter, documentary maker, podcaster and reporter covering current affairs, politics, sport, music and entertainment.
Sebastian O’Kelly is the Director of Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, an editorial-advice website for leaseholders which he co-founded with Melissa Briggs in 2012. It campaigns to change law and judicial procedures which discriminate against ordinary leasehold homeowners. Sebastian O'Kelly has been named and praised in the House of Commons for his work on behalf of leaseholders.
Simon Tollit is the co-founder of Tedworth Property, London’s newest boutique estate agency. Previously a Partner at Knight Frank, Simon has worked in the industry for over 15 years and has been responsible for selling some of London’s most expensive residential property with a capital value totalling in excess of £500m.
Stephen Bayley is a design critic and the Former Chief Executive of the Design Museum; the person for whom the term ‘Design Guru’ was coined. A prolific writer, he contributes to The Times, The Telegraph, The Financial Times and Vanity Fair, to name only a few publications, and also finds the time to be an author, a broadcaster and a debater.
Steve Norris is a former MP and government minister who is Chairman of Soho Estates and of Driver Group plc and Senior Advisor to BNP Paribas Real estate/Strutt & Parker. He chairs the Council of the National infrastructure Planning Association and is a director of Sanctuary Investments.
Sue Medway was appointed Director at Chelsea Physic Garden in 2014 having managed some notable historic Gardens open to the public including Sheffield Park, in Sussex, Stowe in Buckinghamshire, and the much emulated Sissinghurst, Kent. At home she has created a new garden mostly of shade and moisture-loving perennials.
Susan Freeman is a partner at law firm Mishcon de Reya. An experienced real estate lawyer, her in-depth understanding of the property market and business training as a Sloan Masters MSc (London Business School) graduate, combined with a wide circle of contacts help make the firm’s programme of events “must attend” networking opportunities. Susan is on the advisory board of Property Week, Seaforth Land and Work.Life and chairs the Bee London Property Group.
Tom Bill is Head of London Residential Research at Knight Frank. He produces Knight Frank’s industry‐leading Prime Central London monthly sales and rental market reports in addition to the Super‐Prime London Insight and the London Residential Review. Before joining Knight Frank, Tom was a property journalist for seven years, writing about residential and commercial markets in numerous countries.
William Carrington co-founded LonRes with Anthony Payne in 1999. He began his property career in the mid-1980s in a family firm based in Knightsbridge. In 1992 he joined Charles Boston, establishing Boston Carrington Pritchard where he specialised in Landlord and Tenant work. William is a director of CLEA Ltd and remains a consultant to Boston Radford Surveyors.