Our judges are some of the most respected figures in the property sector. 2019's panel features 40+ industry experts comprising senior executives, media and marketing professionals and personalities from across the sector.
Editor, The London Magazine
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.
Contributor and Former Property & Interiors Editor, Country Life
Arabella Youens worked for 15 years at Country Life where she established the role of Property & Interiors Editor. Based in London, she went freelance in 2016 and continues to contribute to Country Life as well as writing for The Telegraph, Evening Standard, FT, Homes & Gardens and Country & Town House.
Head of Communications, British Land
Claire Scicluna is currently acting Head of Communications at British Land. She has a wider range of corporate and financial communications experience, both in-house and agency side. During her time at Finsbury, the financial communications agency, she advised listed and private clients on corporate reputation, crisis management and financial transactions. Her clients included Sainsbury’s, Walgreens Boots Alliance, RBS and Home Retail Group. Claire recently completed Google’s Squared online digital marketing course.
Managing Director, Flatfair | Rhodium
Dean Main, founder and major shareholder of luxury residence management company Rhodium, started his career as an investment surveyor with property investment company, the Topland Group. Spotting an opportunity in the market, in 2011 he founded Rhodium, an ultra-luxury residence management company that specialises in providing bespoke property management services to London’s super-prime residential developments. In a short period of time his creative and imaginative approach coupled with his dynamic and highly professional team, has helped Rhodium attract a number of high profile investors including the Monaco Royal Family, and position Rhodium at the forefront of the specialist property market. With a contracted portfolio of £10 billion and a collection of London’s most prestigious clients including Finchatton, CIT, Glebe, Ronson Capital Partners, Brockton Capital, Mountgrange, Northacre and Almacantar, Dean has established Rhodium as a major force in the property industry.
Property Editor, Mail on Sunday
Dominic is The Mail on Sunday's Property, Gardens and Letters Editor. He also generates and writes arts and property pieces for Event magazine and the main paper, and runs most of The Mail on Sunday’s Critics pages. Throughout the year he edits one-off, themed property supplements. He has been at the paper 20 years.
Founder of Viewber and Non-executive Director at the Property Ombudsman
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.
Gilly is responsible for the strategic development of the Institute. Her key objectives are to work closely with Council, committees and other groups within the design community, nationally and internationally and continue the well-respected work of the Institute as the leading industry body for professional interior designers. Gilly runs her own interior architectural design practice based in Berkshire, which specialises in residential, commercial and healthcare design
Head of Communications, Quintain / Tipi
Harriet Pask is an experienced Head Of Corporate Communications with a demonstrated track record of working in the real estate and airline industries. Skilled in Crisis Communications, Event Management, Media Relations, Corporate Communications, and Marketing. Member of the Chartered Institute of PR and sits on the Communications Committee for the British Property Federation (BPF).
Property Commentator / Broadcaster
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.
Guild of Property Professionals
Iain McKenzie is a highly experienced estate agent and business leader, with 30 years plus experience. He has a particularly strong entrepreneurial background supported by a flair for organisation and structure. He has managed and led teams in all aspect of agency; as a business owner, Franchise Director and MD for a large corporate.
Iain is now delighted to help advise and grow the Guild of Property Professionals sharing his experiences and knowledge.
Chief Executive, National Approved Letting Scheme
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.
Chief Executive Officer, Grosvenor Europe
James Raynor is the Chief Executive Officer of Grosvenor Europe, part of the international Grosvenor Group. He has held the role since June 2013, when the business was known as Grosvenor Fund Management, and is responsible for developing and implementing business strategy.
James joined Grosvenor in 2004, and was appointed to the Board in 2005. In his time with the business he has held the role of Chief Investment Officer of Grosvenor Fund Management and has run the capital markets and continental European businesses.
Prior to this, James was the Senior Director of European Real Estate at Royal Bank of Scotland in Paris and a Non-Executive Director of Nordisk Renting.
He is now a member of the Grosvenor Executive Committee, sits on the INREV training & Education Committee and is also a member of the INREV Fund Manager Advisory Council.
Former Property Editor of the Daily Express and Press Association
Jeremy Gates is the former Property Editor of the Daily Express and former 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.
Chairman, Jeremy Leaf & Co.
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.
Marketing Director, Leggett
Joanna is the public face of Leggett Immobilier, the leading international estate agency in France. Her experience is second to none and she is regularly asked to give expert comment on the TV and in the press.Joanna has a wealth of media experience including a long stint at Capital Radio. Since moving to France she has helped Leggett grow from a single office in the Dordogne, to an award winning company, with 550 local agents from Calais to Cannes.
CEO, Spot Blue
Julian Walker is a director at Spot Blue. Spot Blue specialise in investment and purchase of land, residential and commercial property in Turkey for English speaking non-residents. Spot Blue were winners in the Real Estate Agency Website (Turkey) category of the International Property Awards in 2015.
Spot Blue International Property Ltd market property in a number of countries via our network of websites - please contact me if I can be of assistance and for further details.
Spot Blue are members of a range of industry associations, including the Association of International Property Professionals (AIPP), Turkish British Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TBCCI), National Association of Estate Agents (incorporating FOPDAC) (NAEA), British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey (BCCT), and Turkey’s Association of Real Estate Investment Companies (GYODER).
Keith has over 15 years’ experience as a wealth sector journalist, lobbyist and communications specialist, with expert knowledge of the private client and family office sectors. He has established a network for single-family offices, the Family Office Council, and a separate network for UHNW Real Estate Advisers, Family Office Real Estate Advisers (FORA).
Prior to the FOC, Keith was director of policy & communications at the Society of Trust and Estate Planners (STEP) where he was editor of the leading wealth structuring publication, The STEP Journal. He also lobbied extensively on behalf of UHNW individuals on tax and AML, and launched the STEP Private Client Awards. Keith holds an MA (Hons) in History from the University of Glasgow.
Property Journalist, Express.co.uk
Louisa Fletcher has 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.
Head of Residential, JLL
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.
President, NAEA Propertymark
Mark Bentley is currently President of NAEA Propertymark, and has been a member of the organisation for 36 years. In total, Mark has worked in Estate Agency for 41 years selling a wide variety of homes across the Midlands. For 22 years he was a Director at Paul Carr Estate Agents, a company that over that time became the largest independent Estate Agency in the West Midlands. Mark now runs his own Property & Estate Agency Consultancy business.
MARK COLLINS (FRICS)
Chairman of Residential, CBRE
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, Mark recently stepped down after serving 3 years as the Chairman of LCCI’s Property and Construction Committee.
Managing Director, RICS UK and Ireland
Matthew leads RICS in its most mature market where it has 77,000 qualified professionals and an additional 15,000 trainees. Passionate about building a diverse and inclusive profession that is an inspiring career choice for future generations, Matthew leads the organisation in the UK and Ireland. Matthew is responsible for ensuring RICS engages effectively with all its stakeholders and continues to lead in the development, promotion and regulation of professional standards that provide confidence to the market.
Previously a Partner at RSM, Matthew was responsible for leading the firm’s marketing strategy and growth agenda. He has also lived and worked internationally with Deloitte in numerous roles, most recently as Regional Director of Clients & Markets across the 17 countries of Central Europe.
Chief Executive, British Property Federation
Melanie joined the British Property Federation in 2015, following nine years as Director General of the Food and Drink Federation.
Melanie began her working life as a Police Constable in the Metropolitan Police Service. She joined HM Customs in 1988 and subsequently held senior roles in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Office of the Rail Regulator and the Cabinet Office. 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.
Managing Director, Integra Property Services
Michael Day MBA FRICS FNAEA FARLA 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 750+ industry clients.
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.
Managing Director, Property Industry Eye
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.
PR Former Head of Property, Instinctif PR
Neil is a senior property communications consultant and media trainer. He was a former national newspaper journalist and BBC reporter. In 1999 he founded the first listed property portal 08004homes.
Dr. Nigel Glen
Chief Executive Officer, ARMA
Nigel’s 35-year career includes zoology, downstream oil marketing, financial software and investment banking. His international experience includes postings to Melbourne, Vienna, Istanbul and New York. In 2009 Nigel founded a London-based residential property managing agent. 2015 saw Nigel become active on the ARMA Council and its Finance Committee. After selling his company in 2016, Nigel joined ARMA as its (part time) CEO. He is responsible for the strategy and external affairs of the company as well as liaison with other trade associations, property organizations and Government departments.
Freelance Writer and Former Property Editor at the Daily Mail
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.
Property Week, Evening Standard
Peter Bill is the author of Planet Property: www.planet-property.net. A guide to the £400 billion UK market which charts the sector against the background of the biggest boom and bust in history. Peter is a surveyor-turned-journalist who edited Building magazine for six years in the Nineties, before editing Estates Gazette for 11 years, until 2009. Peter wrote the weekly ‘On Property’ page for the Evening Standard City section for seven years, until 2015. He now writes a regular column for Property Week.
Founder, Property Academy
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 (FRICS)
Chief Executive, Wetherell
Peter Wetherell is the Founder and Chief Executive of Wetherell, the leading specialist residential Mayfair estate agents. Peter is responsible for overseeing the sales, rental and development departments and celebrates over 35 years in business this year.
Podcast Producer and Presenter, National Landlord Association
The National Landlord Association is the UK’s largest membership organisation for private residential landlords, supporting and representing over 30,000 members. We help landlords navigate challenges and proudly offer some of the most comprehensive learning resources and market-leading intelligence available in the sector.
Richard buys and refurbishes properties, and manages his own portfolio across six London boroughs. Originally from a dance and theatre background and an HR and diversity specialist, Richard has been a landlord for 15 years. He has a keen interest in financing and development; landlord and tenant relations, and general housing policy.
Research and Insight Director, Zoopla
Richard Donnell is the recently appointed Director of Research and Insight at Zoopla, arriving from Hometrack which was sold to Zoopla in February 2017. Richard brings 25 years of property industry experience in data and analytics to Zoopla and is widely regarded by the industry to be one of the UK’s foremost housing market experts.
Richard started his career at global real estate business, Savills, ultimately heading up its residential research team and building one of the sector’s most successful and respected research and consultancy businesses. This was followed by 13 years at property analytics business, Hometrack, which became the market leader in automated valuations and market analysis for the residential lending sector.
A part of the executive team at Zoopla, Richard also sits on a number of property and finance working groups and advises businesses, Government and regulators on emerging trends in the residential housing market.
Founder and CEO, eMoov
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.
Editor, Residential Property Investor Magazine
Sally Walmsley is the editor of Residential Property Investor magazine and communications manager for the Residential Landlords Association.
She worked in journalism for 16 years before taking on her current role, writing for national and regional newspapers and magazines.
Director, Leasehold Knowledge Partnership
MichaelSebastian 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.
FRICS, Head of Offices, Lendlease
Previously Chief Operating Officer, Government Property Unit she is a Fellow of RICS and a member of the RIBA. In her previous life as an architect she led large master planning, rationalisation and regeneration projects across the world from Jeddah to St. Petersburg.
Head of Research,
BNP Paribas Real Estate
Stephanie leads the research team at BNP Paribas Real Estate. The focus of her work is across all UK asset classes including Commercial, Prime Central London residential, the mainstream UK residential markets, and Rural. Her emphasis is on structural rather than cyclical market shifts. Recent areas covered within the research programme include the impact of shortening lease terms on investor returns; the profile and behaviour of London office workers; the wants and needs of London renters; and what communities for ageing populations look like.
Previous to joining Strutt & Parker (now BNPPRE) in 2012, Stephanie led the strategy and delivery of the UK research team and programme at JLL. Her area of expertise was occupier research. Stephanie’s geographic focus has been predominantly on the UK, although she has managed project work across EMEA and the globe.
Stephanie sits on the ULI residential council, the IPF research committee, plus the BPF micro-living committee. She supports the SPR.
Real Estate Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
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.
Head of London Residential Research, Knight Frank
Tom 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. The reports are widely picked up in the British and international media and inform investment decisions. Tom is a regular media contributor on topics that range from how prices in individual London markets are performing to the impact of global political and macro‐economic events on the London market.
He gives regular presentations at conferences organised by developers, private banks and wealth managers and has spoken at events in the UK, New York, Moscow, Geneva, Madrid, Kuwait, Dubai and Qatar.
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.
Head of Communications, Purple Bricks
Zoe Melarkey is head of communications for Purplebricks. She has worked with a wide range of national and property media in a career which has spanned the last 20 years. Roles have included running PR for MFI, npower and now, in her current role, heading up PR and Internal Comms for Purplebricks.