The judges

Our panel is made up of industry leading experts who choose the most worthy winners across the 24 categories

Sherin Aminossehe, Head of Offices, Lendlease

Sherin is Head of Offices at Lendlease, taking the helm of some of the company’s largest regeneration projects including Euston station, Elephant Park, Silvertown and the International Quarter London in Stratford. In her previous role Sherin held the dual role of Chief Executive Officer at the Government Property Unit, Cabinet Office and Head of Property Profession for the Civil Service, delivering £3.6bn in capital receipts and saving over £1bn in running costs.

An architect and masterplanner by trade, Sherin has worked on some large scale and complex projects across countries such as Saudia Arabia, where she swam in floods, Dubai, China, India and Russia, where she had the unenviable task of introducing design codes for the first time in St Petersburg in front of a hostile audience of thirty Russian architects.

Leona Ahmed, Co-head of Real Estate Sector, Addleshaw Goddard

Leona leads the AG Real Estate Sector. As one of our most experienced real estate lawyers she remains fully transactional working with her team on some of the most significant investment and development deals in the UK. She has considerable experience across key sectors (retail, offices, logistics and mixed use regeneration schemes). She works with clients such as Threadneedle, BMO Real Estate, British Land and H B Reavis. Leona also leads our cross-border real estate team working with sovereign funds family office investors from Asia and the Gulf when they are investing into the UK and Europe. This team has grown significantly in the last 3 years and acts for a number of the biggest investors into the UK.

Tripty Arya, Founder&CEO, Travtus

Tripty Arya is the founder of Travtus - an AI driven solution for property management. Travtus is the home of “Adam” an automated bot which can take calls, texts & chats with all stakeholders to coordinate interactions. She has trained as an Architect at Cornell University and has an MBA from Columbia University. In her 10 years of experience in the Real Estate industry, Tripty has developed residential projects in Mumbai and run a construction company in Singapore before making London the home base for her pursuits in technology.

Yolande Barnes,Professor of Real Estate,Bartlett Real Estate Institute

Yolande has studied and commented on UK real estate markets for over 30 years and on world cities and global real estate trends for the last 11 years.

Yolande’s particular specialities in the past have been residential markets, regeneration, land, urbanism and mixed use neighbourhoods. Her new remit as Professor of Real Estate at the Bartlett Real Estate Institute at UCL is to explore and understand how real estate contributes to all types of value: social, environmental and economic.

She does this looking at all sectors and across the globe, drawing on the best research and findings that the whole of UCL has to offer, writing readable and understandable, practically orientated useful articles and publications for the industry and offering executive and short courses as well as bespoke research services. Most of Yolande’s writings can be found on the Savills Research website www.savills.co.uk/research/world where she was Director of World Research until very recently.

Joe Borrett, Director of Real Estate & Construction for the EMEA, India and APAC, Google

Joe Borrett started his career as a member of the International roll out team for COLT Telecom following the deregulation of the European telecoms markets. This took him to many cities and placed him at the heart of many large scale projects. Today, Joe works within the tech industry.

He joined Google in 2007 and is now the Director of Real Estate & Construction for the EMEA, India and APAC. He oversees a portfolio covering over 100 cities and 6 time zones. He is also the director responsible for Google's "groundscaper" project in King's Cross, London.

Joe was named as the ninth most influential person in UK property by EG.  He is a graduate of Reading University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Building Surveying.  He lives in Cambridge with his family.

Faisal Butt, Founder/CEO, Spire Ventures

Faisal Butt is an entrepreneur and investor. His investment focus has a recurring theme in property, property services, and property related technology. Faisal is the founder and chief executive of Spire Ventures, a property focused venture capital boutique, and founder/chairman of Pi Labs, Europe’s first proptech-focused venture capital fund.

Faisal’s investment portfolio includes 20+ companies, spanning a diverse range of ventures including 90 North, a real estate investment management business with over £1bn assets under management, Pod Management a residential property management company,  Trussle, the UK’s first digital mortgage adviser, Hubble, an office space marketplace, and proptech fund Pi Labs.

Faisal completed his bachelor's degree at UCLA in 1999 in business economics and computer science and earned an MBA with distinction from the University of Oxford in 2009.

John Burbage, Owner, Burbage Realty

John Burbage is acknowledged nationally as the leading industrial agent.  He chose to focus on this sector when others considered it without glamour or particular merit. His knowledge and experience give him an impressive edge.

John started his career in private practice with Wilson & Partners and the subsequently merged Connell Wilson and Lambert Smith Hampton business.  He thrived in a meritocracy and rose to become Plc board member, regional chief executive and national industrial director.

Burbage Realty was founded by John in 2003 as the first “logistics and industrial property consultants” in the UK.  The niche agency is regarded widely as the foremost real estate consultancy in the national distribution sector.

Investment and development advice is combined with agency and professional services in order to ensure that discerning clients are provided with a full grasp of all the inter related issues. John is a Fellow of the RICS and a Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Louise Brook: Partner, Arcadis

Louise FRICS, MRTPI is a well respected thought leader in the planning and development sector with over 30 years commercial experience within the UK and overseas. As UK Head of Development and Planning at Arcadis LLP, she led the team securing consent for the Commonwealth Games Student Village in Birmingham, and continues to advise a raft of blue chip national and international investors. As the first female Global President of the RICS (2014-15), Louise led a series of ground breaking construction and property related initiatives and championed diversity & inclusivity. She is a Freeman of the City of London; was National Construction Achiever (2015) and holds Honorary Doctorates from Universities of Wolverhampton, Sheffield Hallam and Birmingham City, where she is also a member of the Governing Board.

Andy Bruce: Partner, Global Head of Real Estate, Linklaters

Andy leads the firm’s Global Real Estate practice. He has extensive experience in the acquisition, financing, development, letting and disposal of all types of commercial real estate both in the UK and Continental Europe.

He is listed in both Chambers and Legal 500 as a Leading Individual for Real Estate. Andy is also a trustee of Barts Charity, a leading healthcare charity.

Andy has led on many major real estate transactions which include:

  • Lendlease on its:
    • Joint Venture with Starwood Capital to acquire the £3.5bn Silvertown Quays, London urban renewal project
    • £2bn+ ongoing regeneration of Elephant and Castle, London comprising 300,000 sqm of new build and mixed-use development
  • A consortium member on its investment in a €6.4bn global portfolio of approximately 900 hotels
  • Abu Dhabi Financial Group on several projects, including its landmark £370m acquisition and redevelopment of New Scotland Yard, London
  • Glencore on the pre-letting of its new HQ space at GPE’s Hanover Square development

Linda Chandler, Founder, Hyperlocal Cities

Linda Chandler is a global smart cities advisor, currently focused on real estate, energy and data sharing. She launched Hyperlocal Cities in late 2017 with the aim of making the impact of smart cities felt at a local level.

Linda also co-founded LIQUID Real Estate Innovation in 2018 with a view to focusing on digital transformation across this important segment of the built environment.

Linda was the Smart Cities Lead for Microsoft Services at Microsoft both in the UK and latterly in APAC for 10 years. Prior to Microsoft, she was chief information officer for the London Development Agency, previously a functional body of the Mayor of London.

Linda has experienced many facets of the technology industry, having worked for systems integrators, large independent software vendors and a number of start-ups.

David Church, Senior Managing Director, HFF’s

David Church was a founding member of Leon Partners, a London-based independent real estate advisory firm, which was acquired by HFF in January 2017.  David co-leads the office’s corporate finance and investment banking business alongside senior managing director Raj Somchand.

The pair collectively bring more than 50 years of industry experience to the firm. David has key experience in equity capital markets, large asset sales and public company M&A, including public-to-privates and defence.

David, a chartered surveyor by qualification, has 30 years of experience in real estate through asset management, equity research and sales and investment banking.

He ran the real estate investment banking business at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in EMEA from 2006 until 2015 taking the team to a market-leading position in equity capital markets and M&A, and rising to the position of vice-chairman prior to resigning to establish Leon Partners.

Matt Crompton, Managing Director, Muse Developments

Matt is managing director of Muse Developments, the national regeneration and development specialist established in 1984 as AMEC Properties. With over 30 projects across the country (from Scotland to the South Coast), Muse’s pipeline extends beyond 20 years and has an end value over £2 billion. The company’s 25m sq ft portfolio is evenly spread across the residential, office, retail/leisure and industrial sectors.

Before joining the board in 2007 he has amassed considerable experience of commercial and mixed-use development and has played a principal role on many of the company’s major office, mixed-use and industrial/distribution projects.

He is a member of the Morgan Sindall Group Management Team and is on the Board of the English Cities Fund, a £200 million pound mixed-use regeneration vehicle owned by Muse, Legal & General and Homes England.

Louisa Cullingworth: Manager, Hays

Louisa manages the London Property & Surveying team in Hays Central London, where she specialises in the recruitment for permanent roles within General Practice Surveying, specifically Lease Advisory, Agency & Investment and Development jobs. The rest of the team cover the whole industry in both a temporary and permanent capacity, from Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying to Project Managers, in both the public and private sector.

Carla Cummings, Legal Director, Battersea Power Station Development Company

Carla is the Legal Director for construction and infrastructure at Battersea Power Station Development Company and a member of the Society of Construction Law.  Along with project’s senior management team, Carla drives the procurement strategy at the iconic £9bn Battersea Power Station redevelopment.  As part of her role, Carla regularly engages with a wide range of contractors, consultants, funders and other professionals and provides strategic advice to BPSDC shareholders and the delivery team.

Prior to joining BPSDC Carla worked in private practice for Clifford Chance and Mallesons Stephen Jaques, acting on a range of projects both in the UK and internationally for developers and funders including conventional and renewable energy projects, social infrastructure developments and PFI/PPP transaction across multiple jurisdictions.

Peter Denton, Group Finance Director, Hyde Group

Peter joined the Hyde Group in February 2017 as group finance director. He has 24 years of pan European real estate sector involvement covering a broad range of strategic leadership roles and over £20bn of investment, asset management, joint venture, capital markets, treasury and fundraising experience.

Peter moved from the Starwood Capital Group where, as a partner for five years, he managed the firm's special situations and credit investing businesses in Europe as well as creating and being the fund manager for Europe's largest publicly traded real estate finance company.

Prior to this Peter held senior EMEA real estate investment banking roles at BNP Paribas, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Eurohypo and WestImmo. Peter is also a non-executive Real Estate IC member for Eurazeo, the Global Investment Company.

Jakes Ferguson, Commercial Property Adviser, i/c Whitehall & Central London at Cabinet Office

Jakes Ferguson leads the government's commercial property team for Whitehall & Central London, a portfolio of 7m sq ft in 70 buildings housing 68,000 civil servants, through a period of considerable structural and cultural change as the government has stated its intent to shrink to no more than 20 buildings housing 30,000 civil servants by 2030.

Jakes has been working in corporate real estate, development and finance for 40 years as a partner in JLL, development director at Arlington and partner at Drivers Jonas; and is advising BEIS, the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Department for International Trade, Cabinet Office, ACAS and Companies House amongst others on relocation of c.14,000 civil servants and rationalisation across London.

Susan Freeman, Partner, Mishcon de Reya

Susan 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 a non executive director of development company, This Land, on the advisory boards of Seaforth Land and Work.Life and chairs the Bee London Property Group. She is vice chair of the new BPF Tech & Innovation Working Group and a member of the London Chamber of Commerce Property & Construction Committee. She is included in Bisnow's 51 Most Influential Women in Real Estate List 2018 as "the woman who knows everyone" and is ranked 40 in the Tyto Tech Top 500 List 2018.

She is active on Twitter and can be followed @Propertyshe.

Pete Gladwell, Head of Public Sector Partnerships, Legal & General

After an erstwhile life as a youth worker, Pete joined Legal & General’s Business Development team in 2007, launching a new generation of property funds focused on liability matching and Defined Contributions pension schemes, and L&G’s joint venture with PGGM, which total over £5bn.

In 2015, Pete moved to lead L&G’s investments with the Public Sector - including the Government Property Unit, Local Authorities, NHS, Housing Associations and Universities - which now total over £4.35bn.

Pete holds an MA from Brasenose College, Oxford in Computation, the IMC, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Pete is a Trustee of the Young Foundation, which works to create a more equal and just society through social innovation.”

Teresa Gilchrist, Director and Head of Investor Relations and New Business, M7 Real Estate

Prior to co-founding M7 in 2009, Teresa worked at GPT Halverton where she was responsible for all areas of new business. She was involved in liaising with potential investors, setting up new vehicles and raising debt. Teresa was also responsible for the areas of compliance, marketing and ongoing debt management.

Before her time at GPT Halverton, Teresa worked at INVESCO Real Estate (formerly Parkes & Company) where responsibilities included fund structuring, debt and equity raising and general capital markets advisory. She also worked as a management consultant at PwC post qualifying as a chartered surveyor with the commercial arm of Chesterton.

Teresa has over 24 years of real estate experience and a MA in Land Economy from Cambridge University. She is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Adam Goldin, Head of UK, C C Land

Adam is a chartered surveyor who joined C C Land in the Summer of 2017 to head their UK office. He is responsible for portfolio asset management, leasing transactions and supervision of future acquisitions.

CC Land’s portfolio includes the Leadenhall Building in EC3 and 1 Kingdom Street, Paddington.

Prior to joining CC Land, Adam held positions at Resolution Property and Delancey, where he was an integral part of the team responsible for the acquisition and ongoing management of East Village, the former Athlete’s Village at the 2012 London Olympics.

Adam is a member of The Paddington Partnership and a past Governor of Alma Primary School which he helped establish in 2013.

Charlie Green, Co-CEO, The Office Group (TOG)

Charlie started his career in commercial agency, qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor at Colliers International, on the graduate rotation programme. He then left to join property company MWB Group, working on office developments and their serviced office subsidiary.

In late 2003, Charlie and Olly had a shared vision to challenge the traditional serviced office market with a design led offering that addressed the changes that were emerging in how people were working.

Charlie is responsible for the growth and real estate side of the business, identifying and acquiring new buildings and leading the delivery of the schemes. Charlie and Olly continue to work closely together to ensure that the individuality and design, both form and function, remains paramount to the success of each building.

Jessica Hardman, Managing Director, Head of UK Group, DWS Group

Jessica joined in 2004 and is Head of the Portfolio and Asset Management business run from the UK office.  She is responsible for an international client base overseeing European and Global portfolios from core to value-add strategies.

Previously, Jessica was the head of UK transactions and has overseen over €8.5bn of transactions during her career.

She managed the investment team which covered all real estate sectors and including corporate transactions, offshore structuring, debt strategies, sale and leasebacks and refurbishment/development projects.

Jessica is a member of the European Real Estate leadership team, a voting member on the European Investment Committee, and chair of the DWS People’s Engagement Group.

She holds a BSc (Hons) in Real Estate Management, Investment Management Certificate and is a qualified chartered surveyor.

Michela Hancock, Senior Director of Development, Greystar

Michela is responsible for driving the company’s fully integrated development process.

Michela oversees all project financing, amenity and unit planning, design, entitlements, construction, and lease-up efforts on high-density multifamily developments. She is also targeting a pipeline of Greystar projects for London, and helping educate the market and local government about the benefits of multifamily housing.

Prior to joining Greystar in 2015, she served as development director for Grainger in the UK and development manager for Bozzuto Development Company in the US.

Michela holds a master’s degree in real estate development from Johns Hopkins University.

She is currently vice chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s UK Residential Council, an active member of the British Property Federation Build to Rent Committee, and a board member of the United Kingdom Apartment Association.

Jamie Holmes: CEO, VU.CITY

Jamie Holmes is the CEO of VU.CITY, the platform for smarter cities, providing a highly accurate and revolutionary tool using 3D interactive technology to transform the planning and communications process.  Established in London and expanding to cities across the world. VU.CITY’s clients currently include two thirds of the London Borough planning teams, TfL and Historic England as well as Architects, Planning Consultants and Developers who are using the platform to make faster more informed decision making to deliver a better future.

Alexandar Jan, Chief Economist, Arup

Alex is Arup’s chief economist.  He leads work and analysis on a range of economics issues facing Arup and our clients.

These include financing and funding of transport projects as well as wider infrastructure advisory work with a strong regeneration component.

He has worked with business improvement districts, local authorities and governments in London and internationally on their growth and economic development strategies.

Alex has written extensively on policy challenges facing world cities and London infrastructure.

He is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, a member of the Design South East review panel and a former advisor to the Mayor of London’s infrastructure delivery board.

Anouk Khan, Chief Operations Officer, Real Estate Women

Anouk joined Real Estate Women in May 2017 in the newly created role of operations director,  and is responsible for developing and executing an integrated long term strategy for the diversity network. She has been instrumental in creating new partnerships across the industry and spearheading its events campaign.

Before joining Real Estate Women, Anouk ran her own consultancy in Dubai for commercial real estate fit-out projects serving a portfolio of international corporations who required bespoke services to set up their regional offices.  Prior to this, Anouk served as an investment advisor at Merrill Lynch International Private Bank in London to manage the investment  portfolios of  High Net Worth and Ultra High Net Worth clients.

Anouk is a graduate of London School of Economics & Political Science.

Melanie Leech, 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.

Rebecca Lovelace, Founder, Building People

Rebecca has almost 20 years' experience in creating, connecting and enabling organisations, networks and partnerships across the built environment.

Her focus is strategic employment and skills and her passion is ‘joining the dots’ between existing industry initiatives to enable more (diverse and disadvantaged) people to access and succeed in built environment careers.

Rebecca is a co-founder of BuildForce, the industry initiative to facilitate connections between Service leavers and industry employers.

Prior to Building People, Rebecca founded a niche consultancy (Circle Three Consulting), where she provided employment and skills/social inclusion/local community engagement support to industry. Rebecca set up Circle Three after seven years at Lendlease where she co-founded Be Onsite, a non-profit company providing training and job opportunities for disadvantaged people in the property sector.

Before discovering the world of the Built Environment Rebecca worked in the humanitarian aid and homelessness sectors.

Rebecca has an MSc in Urban Regeneration and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

 

David Mann, Partner, Tuffin Ferraby Taylor LLP

David Mann leads TFT’s London office, using over 25 years of experience to help investors and funds navigate building surveying matters across their portfolios. He specialises in Technical Due Diligence and Development Monitoring for clients including Legal & General, M&G Real Estate, Aviva and The Crown Estate.

He chairs the RICS working group producing the latest industry guidance on Technical Due Diligence, and works with RICS, British Property Federation and REVO to promote diversity and inclusion across the industry.

In 2011, David co-founded and now co-chairs Freehold, a networking and support group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) real estate professionals. The group now has 1200 members and arranges professional and networking events, mentoring and charitable activities. www.freehold-group.com. Freehold won ‘Outstanding Contribution to Property’ in the EG Awards 2018.

Madeleine McDougall, Global Head of the Real Estate & Housing team, Lloyds

Madeleine is the global head of the Real Estate & Housing team at Lloyds. She joined in November 2014 as head of institutional, looking after private equity, pension fund and sovereign wealth clients before taking up her current position in May 2017. Her role involves developing and leading the business activity for relationships across the Real Estate & Housing market with a specialist team based across 6 UK locations. In 2017 Lloyds lent £8.4bn into the UK CRE market. Madeleine was key in driving the client franchise which included leading UK institutions, large global investors and best in class developers. The business has continued to innovate with a £1bn Green financing fund and providing long term financing through its Scottish Widows arm. She previously held the Head of International clients at pbb, where she covered Europe wide real estate financing from 2011-2014. Prior to this, she worked at Westimmo and Eurohypo and she originally started her career on the equity side at Trillium working on the sale and leaseback of Norwich Union assets.

Alexandra Notay: Build to Rent Fund Director, PfP Capital

Alexandra Notay is Build to Rent fund director at PfP Capital, the fund and asset management arm of Places for People, tasked with raising a £550M fund to deliver 3,000 BTR homes across the UK. She is also an internationally recognised expert on build to rent, placemaking and sustainable urban development, with 15 years’ strategic advisory experience to public and private sector clients across four continents. In January 2019 Alex was selected as one of the 48 women shaping the future of UK real estate at the prestigious BISNOW Women Leaders event.
Alex is a published author and editor of over 30 books and reports on real estate including the renowned ULI UK Best Practice Guide on Build to Rent (2014, 2016). Alex is a vice-chair of ULI UK Residential Council and on the ULI UK Executive Committee, serves on the BPF Build to Rent Committee and is an Associate Member of CREFC Europe. She is also a non-executive director of Sound Diplomacy, SouthWest Board Member for LandAid and trustee of SunScreenIT Foundation.

Joy Nazzari, Founder and Strategy Director, dn&co

Joy is a business strategist and author, with a natural curiosity for places and place identity having lived in three continents. She is the founder of dn&co, a consultancy inspired by culture and place, and the team behind the reinvention of some of London’s most remarkable areas using her trademarked framework, “place purpose”.

Joy has collaborated with government, architects, developers and businesses to create meaningful destinations in workplaces, residential, retail, restaurants — through to entire neighbourhoods and towns. Last year, she co-founded Place Press, an independent publisher that explores the intersection between people, places and culture. Her recent book, Know Your Place, invites developers to go beyond placemaking and create places with purpose. dnco.com

Alex Price, Chief Executive, Palmer Capital Partners Limited

Alex served as an officer in the British Army before starting his financial career with Credit Lyonnais Securities in 1997. He then completed an MBA at London Business School before joining Sabre Holdings’ European Corporate Finance team. He joined Palmer Capital in 2003, initially charged with creating the fund management business within Palmer Capital. He was promoted to chief executive in 2008 and is a fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Alex covers the Company’s relationship with both existing and future investment partners. He is a member of the Investment Committee.

Mark Robinson, President, Revo

Mark has worked in retail property for 25 years and is President of Revo.

Since founding Ellandi in 2008 it has been instrumental in delivering change to over 35 town centres across the UK.

He is a passionate advocate of the role of community in repurposing and shaping our future places in response to the challenges and opportunities presented by the current market.

Savannah de Savary, CEO, Built-ID

After graduating from the University of Oxford in 2013, Savannah joined Thor Equities, where she managed NYC real estate development projects. In 2015 she founded Built-ID, a proptech platform that showcases the built environment projects of today and transforms community engagement to better shape the projects of tomorrow.

Savannah won Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Property Awards and was voted Property Week’s Power 100: Top 20 Ones to Watch and one of the top 20 Proptech influencers in a poll by the UK Proptech Association.

She is also a regular columnist for Property Week and sits on the Legacy Foundation Board of Trustees and the ULI Young Leaders and Urban Art Forums. Built-ID enables residents to influence the built environment projects that matter to them, and be rewarded for their engagement with real donations to local charities within their community.

Lynda Shillaw, Group Property Director, Town Centre Securities PLC

A Chartered Management Accountant, Lynda is the Group Property and main Board Director of the £400m specialist regional property REIT, Town Centre Securities.

She has previously managed large Corporate Estates for BT, the Co-operative Group, and Manchester Airports Group, ran the Real Estate Banking Division at Lloyds Banking Group and the £9bn Real Estate Fund Management Business at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership.

Lynda has a proven track record of developing and implementing strategy to both operate and leverage value from large, diverse portfolios with experience that ranges from the operational environments of telephone exchanges, to central London and national office estates, hotels, logistics and warehousing at Airports, and retail, land and farming at the Co-operative Group.

Lynda is a Non-Executive Director of the Crown Estate and VIVID Housing Association and Chair of the LandAid Charity’s North-West Region.

Jason Sibthorpe: Principal and President, Avison Young UK

As Principal and President of the UK operation, Jason will accelerate growth across all of the firm’s business lines through strategic expansion into new UK markets and the recruitment of top commercial real estate talent.  Jason has 30 years of commercial real estate experience covering retail the occupied estate.

James Sparrow: Chief Executive Officer of Savills

James was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Savills UK and EMEA businesses in 2018 which collectively employ over 8,000 people. Prior to that he was Head of the Professional Services Businesses in the UK, sitting on both the UK and European Executive Committees.

He joined Savills in 1988 as a graduate, having completed a degree in Building Surveying at the University of Reading. He qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1990, was made a Director at Savills in 1998 and a fellow of the RICS in 2012.

In his role as Head of Professional Services he had responsibility for all of our UK consultancy businesses including Valuation, Building and Project Consultancy, Housing, Healthcare, Lease Consultancy, Rating, Capital Allowances and Recoveries.

Emma Stapleton, Co-founder & COO Copronet

Emma is the Co-founder of Copronet (formerly TenderSpace) – the online networking and project management platform exclusively for the construction sector. With over 25 years’ experience in the real estate development and investment industry, and having specialised in the Central London office market and prime retailing in the West End, Emma is passionate about digitizing the construction industry. Copronet is central to this vision, and goes some way to redressing the relative lack of women in the digital arena. Having spent many years in Board-level positions within the industry, Emma has dealt with investment acquisitions and asset management in the south and southwest as well as being directly involved in a variety of development projects, both large and small.

Cassandra Wheeldon, Director of Partnerships for UK & Ireland, WiredScore

Cassandra is Director of Partnerships for UK & Ireland at WiredScore. She joined in 2016 to drive engagement with WiredScore’s growing advocate base and has been supporting WiredScore’s clients in enhancing and promoting the connectivity of their assets to meet the demand of connectivity transparency with commercial landlords.

Previously, Cassandra worked in commercial real estate data analytics, working directly with the major agencies in the UK to manage their evolving technology and data appetites.

In 2017, Cassandra was nominated as one of WeAreTheCity’s Rising Stars for her work in the property industry and this year was named as one of the Leading Women Who Will Shape the Future of UK Real Estate by Bisnow.

John Woodman: Senior Partner, Malcolm Hollis

John Woodman is the Senior Partner at Malcolm Hollis. He specialises in landlord and tenant work and has worked exclusively in the fields of dilapidations and service charges for over 20 years; he regularly writes and lectures on these subjects.  John was the first chairman of the Building Surveying Faculty of the RICS and is a past chairman of RICS Dilapidations Practice Panel.  He is now Senior Warden to the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors and also involved with other industry bodies including BPF and IPF.

Melanie Williams: Partner, DWF

Melanie has over ten years' experience of working on the investment and funding of real estate development projects and property tax driven transactions, in particular within the hospitality sector. She has a particular expertise in the acquisition of hotels, development and refurbishment projects and real estate finance in addition to handling asset management work for investors, developers and banks as well as dealing with landlord and tenant matters.Melanie sits on the Board of Directors of the Colmore Business District 'BID', which is a Business Improvement District within Birmingham City Centre, comprising key members of the business community working collectively to invest in projects and services to improve the business environment.

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