Judges From Across The Property Industry

Our Panel for 2020

Our judges are some of the most respected figures in the property sector. 2020's panel features 40+ industry experts comprising senior executives, media and marketing professionals and personalities from across the sector.

André Kappelhoff

Founder
Viking PR

André Kappelhoff

Founder
Viking PR

Andre is the Founder of Viking PR and an established property PR professional with 15+ years’ experience in representing developers, housebuilders, estate agents and property service companies. Following a successful career working for some of London’s most reputable property PR agencies, he launched Viking PR in 2019 to offer bespoke communication solutions as a Consultant. With a Degree in Business Management, Andre has a comprehensive understanding of his clients’ corporate objectives, enabling him to create and implement multi-layered PR campaigns. This has proved invaluable to his clients who also appreciate him for his forever calm demeanour under pressure; even under the tightest of deadlines. Viking PR’s services include but are not limited to media relations, social media, events and awards. To learn more, please visit www.vikingpr.co.uk

Arabella Youens

Contributor and former Property & Interiors Editor
Country Life magazine

Arabella Youens

Contributor and former Property & Interiors Editor
Country Life magazine

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.

Camilla Dell

Managing Partner and founder
Black Brick Property Solutions LLP

Camilla Dell

Managing Partner and founder
Black Brick Property Solutions LLP

Camilla Dell is Managing Partner and founder of Black Brick Property Solutions LLP and has worked in the London property market since 2002. She is highly experienced in meeting the needs of demanding domestic and international property buyers.

During her career to date, Camilla worked for two of London’s largest and most successful estate agencies, Foxtons and Knight Frank, before setting up Black Brick in January 2007. Since then, Camilla has grown the firm from a two person start-up to London’s largest independent buying consultancy. The Black Brick team collectively boasts over 80 years’ experience in the London property market and has successfully sourced and acquired in excess of £1 billion of residential property for private clients.

Camilla’s professional, energetic and tenacious approach to property finding, her total dedication to her clients’ needs and her expert negotiation skills have won her huge loyalty and trust amongst her clients who include some of the world’s most successful businessmen and entrepreneurs.

Black Brick has a high profile in the residential property sector and Camilla is frequently asked to comment in the press and speak at large international events about the London and UK property market including the Bloomberg Markets Most Influential Summit 2015. Camilla was also recently voted in the Telegraph’s Property Power List as one of the top 25 most influential people in British property, won Spear’s 2013 Property Adviser of the Year award and was included in the Spears 500 in both 2015 and 2016, an essential guide for high net worth clients. Camilla lives in North West London with her husband and two daughters. In her spare time Camilla sits on the committee for Norwood, a leading charity supporting vulnerable children, families and people with learning disabilities. She also enjoys high adrenaline sports and is a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Staff Instructor.

Charlotte Whitley

Head of Communications
British Land

Charlotte Whitley

Head of Communications
British Land

Charlotte Whitley is Head of Communications at British Land. Since joining the company in 2016 she has worked in both the communications and investor relations functions. Charlotte previously worked in agency at Finsbury and FTI where she advised FTSE 100 and 250 businesses across the real estate, retail, industrial, mining and construction sectors.

Christian Cubitt

Director of Communications & Engagement
RICS

Christian Cubitt

Director of Communications & Engagement
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Christian Cubitt is the Director of Communications & Engagement for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in the UK, overseeing how the organisation engages with its members, key stakeholders, government and the wider public. He joined the RICS in 2018 from the NHS where he had spent two years as Director of Communications for the North West London region. Prior to that Christian had spent fourteen years working in Government Communications including two stints as Deputy Spokesman for then Prime Minister David Cameron, which took him everywhere from Davos to Beirut. He also spent time at the Ministry of Justice where he overhauled the press office turning it into an external affairs team, at the Cabinet Office as Press Secretary to the then Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood, and the Department for Work and Pensions, where he led the initial welfare reform communications campaign.

David Hollingworth

Associate Director, Communications
L&C Mortgages

David Hollingworth

Associate Director, Communications
L&C Mortgages

L&C is the UK’s leading fee-free mortgage broker, offering advice on products from across the mortgage market to borrowers throughout the UK from its offices in Bath, Newcastle and London. David regularly provides market commentary and opinion on new product developments and topical market issues to national and trade press and to broadcast media.

Dominic Connolly

Property Editor
Mail on Sunday

Dominic Connolly

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.

Ed Mead

Founder
Viewber

Ed Mead

Founder
Viewber

Ed Mead has a forty year property history and left his job as Exec Director at Douglas & Gordon in 2016 to start and run national gig economy viewing/inspection service Viewber. Alongside its continued growth he has regular slots TalkRadio and keeps his knowledge current with various NED positions.

Gráinne Gilmore

Head of Research
Zoopla

Gráinne Gilmore

Head of Research
Zoopla

Gráinne Gilmore is Head of Research at Zoopla. Previously she was Head of UK Residential Research at Knight Frank for nine years, and prior to that she was an award-winning financial and economics journalist at The Times.

Harriet Pask

Head of Corporate Communications
Quintain

Harriet Pask

Head of Corporate Communications
Quintain

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).

HENRY PRYOR

Property Commentator/Broadcaster

HENRY PRYOR

Property Commentator/Broadcaster

Henry Pryor is a well-known Property Commentator and the ‘BBC’s favourite property broadcaster’. With over 3 decades of experience in the property industry he has bought and sold nearly 1000 homes, and contributed to the property sphere with articles, tweets and much sought after comments.

Iain McKenzie

Guild of Property Professionals

Iain McKenzie

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.

Isobel Thomson

CEO
safeagent

Isobel Thomson

CEO
safeagent

Isobel Thomson is CEO of safeagent (formerly NALS), the leading letting agent accreditation scheme for lettings & management agents operating in the private rented sector (PRS). For the last 19 years at safeagent, Isobel has worked to protect the consumer, campaigning for a safer, fairer PRS for all.

JEREMY GATES

Former Property Editor
Daily Express and the Press Association

JEREMY GATES

Former Property Editor
Daily Express and the Press Association

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

Jeremy Leaf & Co

Jeremy Leaf

Jeremy Leaf & Co

Jeremy Leaf is a fellow of the RICS, the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) as well as the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA). He is principal of Jeremy Leaf & Co, a North London firm of Chartered Surveyors and estate agents, which began trading in 1984. Jeremy is a judge for the Negotiator ‘Estate Agent of the Year’ as well as other awards and has frequently spoken about housing matters on TV, radio and in the press for over 25 years.

JOANNA LEGGETT

Marketing Director
Leggett Immobilier

JOANNA LEGGETT

Marketing Director
Leggett Immobilier

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.

Kate Mavor

CEO
English Heritage

Kate Mavor

CEO
English Heritage

Kate Mavor is CEO of the English Heritage Trust, a charity formed in 2015 to conserve and promote 420 historic sites and over 500,000 artefacts, covering six millennia of England’s history.

English Heritage cares for a number of historic gardens and landscapes around the country, from the manicured gardens at Wrest Park to the wild meadows at Darwin’s home, Down House, and since 2006 has provided placements to over 270 trainees under the Historic and Botanic Garden Training Programme.

Kate was formerly CEO of the National Trust for Scotland, caring for 38 gardens and designed landscapes across 1,586 hectares. Kate is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, and holds an honorary doctorate for services to conservation from Heriot Watt University.

Louisa Fletcher

Property Expert
Express.co.uk

Louisa Fletcher

Property Expert
Express.co.uk

Louisa Fletcher is an accomplished mortgage and property expert with over twenty years' professional experience in the industry, as well as being a journalist, author and broadcaster. Buying her first house at 19, Louisa caught the property bug and went on to purchase, renovate and sell numerous properties throughout her twenties, always succeeding in making a profit. In parallel she developed her professional career in the property sector by launching, running and successfully exiting two proptech start-ups which were influential in changing the way property in this country is bought and sold.

Louisa has consulted at board level to some of the largest estate agents, new home builders, proptechs, fintechs and mortgage brokers in the UK for over a decade, as well as advising celebrities, Royal Families and high net worth individuals on their property assets.

Louisa often appears on TV and radio as a consumer champion and commentator on mortgages, homes and the UK property market, and is resident Property Expert for Express.co.uk. Her book, Property Uncovered, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim and provides expert advice for consumers on buying, selling, renting, letting, mortgages, adding value to properties, neighbour disputes, couples' rights around property and moving home.

Marion Ellis

Managing Director
BlueBox Partners

Marion Ellis

Managing Director
BlueBox Partners

With 20 years-experience in the residential property sector, Marion’s career has grown from front-line administrative roles to director of one of the country’s largest property firms providing residential survey and valuation advice. Specialising in complaints and claims, along the way she qualified as both chartered surveyor with the RICS and customer experience professional with the CXPA. Marion is Managing Director of BlueBox Partners, founder of The Surveyor Hub. In 2018 she launched the Women in Surveying virtual summit. Marion is a member of the RICS Governing Council.

Mark Bentley

Past President
NAEA Propertymark

Mark Bentley

Past President
NAEA Propertymark

Mark Bentley is the immediate Past President of NAEA Propertymark and has been a member of the organisation for 36 years. In total, Mark has worked in Estate Agency for 42 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 and is assisting eXp Realty with their launch in the UK and providing a first class personal Estate Agency Service to his clients powered by eXp UK.

Mark Collins

Executive Director – Chairman of UK Residential
CBRE UK

Mark Collins

Executive Director – Chairman of UK Residential
CBRE UK

Mark is an Executive Director – Chairman of UK Residential for CBRE, with a specific focus on the prime Central London market. After 37 years in property, Mark is regarded as a leading figure in London residential, with a wealth of experience and contacts. He works closely with the residential funding and development teams to create a truly integrated residential property service. The Residential Sales and Marketing team now comprises nearly 140 people, including the West End, Covent Garden, Canary Wharf and Nine Elms offices. Mark has developed a personal reputation as a leading figure in the London residential industry and in June 2013, became a Fellow of the RICS. He is the immediate past Chairman of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)’s Property and Construction Committee.

MELANIE LEECH, CBE

Chief Executive
British Property Federation

MELANIE LEECH, CBE

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 a number of senior roles in the civil service. Her role is to champion a diverse, successful and sustainable real estate UK real estate sector recognised for the positive benefits it delivers to communities across the country.

Melanie is also a Trustee of the property industry charity LandAid and a member of the Council of the University of Essex. She was awarded a CBE in 2015 for services to the food and drink industry.

Michael Day

Managing Director
Integra Property Services

Michael Day

Managing Director
Integra Property Services

Michael Day, MBA FRICS FNAEA FARLA, is a well-known figure with 45 years in the property industry (he says he started when he was three!). He is a Fellow of RICS, NAEA and ARLA and holds an MBA from Reading University.

Michael formed the multi award winning Integra Property Services in 2003 and provides a range of business services to the property industry. He is also a Director at teclet.

Michael has over 850 property industry clients and is an experienced judge at many industry awards and a regular contributor to the trade media.

Neil Mackwood

PR Former Head of Property
Instinctif PR

Neil Mackwood

PR Former Head of Property
Instinctif PR

Neil worked in journalism for more than 25 years - with the majority of that time spent on the National Press and with the BBC.

He has published four books and continues to contribute to the national press and is continuing his path as an author. He was a former national newspaper journalist and BBC reporter. In 1999 he founded the first listed property portal 08004homes.

Nick Charnock

CEO
Bective Leslie Marsh

Nick Charnock

CEO
Bective Leslie Marsh

Nick has recently lead the acquisition of the well-known and highly reputable Central London Estate Agency Brand: Bective Leslie Marsh. Previously Nick was EMEA Head of Digital for JLL which followed the CEO role at Tepilo – The online estate agency founded by Sarah Beeny. Nick exited Tepilo following the well-publicised merger with eMoov.

Earlier Nick held various senior leadership roles within Dell, Xerox and Samsung. Nick is a former Army Officer who served in the Royal Engineers and retired with the rank of Major.

Nick Leeming

Chairman
Jackson-Stops

Nick Leeming

Chairman
Jackson-Stops

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 which have included non-executive directorships at Spark Energy and Belvoir Lettings PLC. Nick is currently Chairman of Jackson-Stops and Bamboo Auctions.

Nicole Bremner

Property Developer, Investor and Founder
East Eight

Nicole Bremner

Property Developer, Investor and Founder
East Eight

Nicole Bremner is a property developer, investor and founder of East Eight. Developing both commercial and residential properties, Nicole engages award-winning architect and design partners to produce stunning results. She is also a speaker, author, presenter and mentor. Creativity and financial independence drew her into the world of property, but ever more it is the highly collaborative aspect to the industry which continues to inspire her.

NIGEL LEWIS

Freelance Writer and Former Property Editor
Daily Mail

NIGEL LEWIS

Freelance Writer and Former Property Editor
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 Daily Mail, Channel 4's A Place in the Sun and Location, Location, Location magazines.

PETER WETHERELL

Founder
Wetherell

PETER WETHERELL

Founder
Wetherell

Peter Wetherell (FRICS) is the Founder and Chairman of Wetherell, the leading specialist residential Mayfair estate agents. Peter is responsible for overseeing the sales, rentals and development departments and celebrates over 37 years in business this year.

Richard Blanco

National Landlords Association

Richard Blanco

National Landlords Association

Richard Blanco is London Representative for the National Landlords Association. He owns and manages properties across six London boroughs and organises and speaks at property events across the capital. Richard regularly appears on USA TV show House Hunters International, broadcast in the UK on HGTV. He also produces and presents Inside Property on Share Radio, the NLA podcast and is a regular press reviewer on Talk Radio. He writes for a number of publications and comments on housing matters in print and broadcast media.

Robert Ryan

Chief Real Estate Officer
Techspace

Robert Ryan

Chief Real Estate Officer
Techspace

Robert qualified as Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors whilst at Matthews & Goodman, before moving to Whitbread as Strategic Development Manager of Whitbread hotels including both Marriott and Travel Inn (now Premier Inn).

In 2004 he joined Travelodge following their acquisition by Permira Private Equity.

During his 12 years he developed and implemented a growth strategy for London taking the hotel group from 11 hotels to over 70 by the time he left.

Robert joined a low-profile family owned group and took the role of Property Director of a c£500m freehold property portfolio, which encompassed every use class including hotels, serviced offices, farms, offices, residential, retail and telecoms.

After leaving the group, he has taken the opportunity to work with a small portfolio of companies, in areas where service levels and real estate are intrinsically linked.

His main work is Property Director with a serviced office group called Techspace specialising in tech scale ups in London and Berlin; working with a family office to develop a hotel-led mixed-use scheme in Waterloo and providing advice to landlords, developers and operators of businesses with an operational focus.

Sally Walmsley

Editor
Residential Property Investor magazine

Sally Walmsley

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.

Sara Lucas

Chief Executive
Grosvenor Europe

Sara Lucas

Chief Executive
Grosvenor Europe

Sara is responsible for leading, implementing and growing Grosvenor’s investment and development activities in Europe and is based in Paris. Before being appointed CEO in 2019, Sara led the portfolio management activities of Grosvenor's European business.

Prior to joining Grosvenor in 2011, Sara worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland where she was Director in the Real Estate Finance department. Prior to this, she was a Director of Savills France, running the valuation department.

Sara has over 30 years’ real estate experience, most of which have been in France. She is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

SEBASTIAN O'KELLY

Director
Leasehold Knowledge Partnership

SEBASTIAN O'KELLY

Director
Leasehold Knowledge Partnership

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.

Sherin Aminossehe FRICS

Director of Infrastructure
Ministry of Defence

Sherin Aminossehe FRICS

Director of Infrastructure
Ministry of Defence

Previously Chief Operating Officer, Government Property Unit Sherin Aminossehe 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.

Tom Bill

Head of London Residential Research
Knight Frank

Tom Bill

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.

Dr Vanessa Brady OBE

Founder & CEO
SBID

Dr Vanessa Brady OBE

Founder & CEO
SBID

Will has always had a love of buildings and the landscape. Growing up on the South Downs, East Sussex he trained at The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester and spent his teenage summers converting farm buildings, and working in nurseries and gardens. For the last 25 years he has worked in Central London and abroad, managing property and estates. A keen gardener, tennis player and cyclist he is a top 10% user of Santander Cycles in London.

William Barnes Yallowley

LHH Residential

William Barnes Yallowley

LHH Residential

Will has always had a love of buildings and the landscape. Growing up on the South Downs, East Sussex he trained at The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester and spent his teenage summers converting farm buildings, and working in nurseries and gardens. For the last 25 years he has worked in Central London and abroad, managing property and estates. A keen gardener, tennis player and cyclist he is a top 10% user of Santander Cycles in London.

William Carrington

Founding Director & Chairman
LonRes

William Carrington

Founding Director & Chairman
LonRes

William Carrington is a founding director of LonRes and is chairman of the company. LonRes was incorporated in 2000 and provides real-time transactional sales and lettings data as well as research and data analytics to the real estate community in London and environs, and to the banking and investment industry. He is also a director of CLEA, Central London Estate Agents, which publishes the London Magazine.

He has over 34 years’ experience the London residential market, principally in agency and valuation.

Zoe Melarkey

Head of Communications
Purplebricks

Zoe Melarkey

Head of Communications
Purplebricks

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.