Michelmores Property Awards 2018

Meet the judges for the 2018 Property Awards

We are delighted to welcome back eight of our distinguished judges from last year's Property Awards. They will meet on 22 March 2018 to select the very best buildings, projects and businesses from across the South West.

 

Peter Lacey

Peter Lacey

A highly experienced architect, Peter Lacey co-founded the Exeter and Plymouth based Architecture and Urban Design practice, Lacey Hickie Caley in 1992 – later becoming Chairman of the LHC Group. Since retiring from the business, he has been Non-Executive Chair of property consultants Vickery Holman. and Pro-Chancellor at the University of Exeter where he held the infrastructure and environmental sustainability portfolios. He retired from both last year and is currently Chair of the Green Infrastructure Board reporting to the Exeter and Heart of Devon Growth Board and a director of Exeter Golf and Country Club.

Mike Leece

Mike Leece OBE

With a background in engineering, Mike Leece became CEO for Devonport Management Limited in 1987, where he led the company's transition from a public sector organisation into a commercial entity. Subsequently, Mike was appointed CEO of the National Marine Aquarium – a position he held for over ten years.  He was also Non-Executive Director (NED) of Ireland's largest house builder, Governor of the University of Plymouth, and Director/Chair of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce. Mike is a self-employed business consultant and is currently chairman of Water Powered Technologies and a NED of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

 

Nick Hole

Nick Hole

Nick Hole has over 30 years' experience in the property development sector. He is a Director of Exeter-based property company Eagle One, which he first joined as a Chartered Surveyor in 1987.  He is also Managing Director of Eagle One company Blue Cedar Homes, which specialises in the luxury retirement market in the South West.

 

Thelma Sorensen

Thelma Sorensen OBE

A well-known champion of the Cornish business scene, Thelma Sorensen has a wealth of experience in the construction sector, holding the position of Regional Administration Officer for Devon and Cornwall for the Chartered Institute of Building for many years followed by three terms of office as Chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Economic Forum. She is also Hon. President of the South West Women in Construction group, an organisation she is extremely passionate about. Thelma is currently Chairman of the Cornwall Business Partnership and Vice Chair (Cornwall) for the Devon and Cornwall Business Council. She is also a Director of the Architecture Centre Devon and Cornwall.  In 2010, Thelma was awarded an OBE for her contribution to economic regeneration in Cornwall.

 

Will Mumford

Will Mumford

Before joining LocatED as the Associate Director of technical and planning, Will worked as the Operations Director at NPS South West – a multi-disciplinary property consultancy. Will has been based in the West Country for over 20 years working in retail, property and local politics. LocatED is a property company which buys and develops school sites for the Education and Skills Funding Agency. LocatED is wholly owned by the Secretary of State for Education.

 

John Beauchamp

John Beauchamp

John established benjamin+beauchamp architects in Wedmore, Somerset ten years ago. He has over 25 years' experience in the conservation and repair of historic buildings, as well as the adaptation of existing buildings and the construction of new buildings within an historic context. John is involved in ongoing work on major medieval buildings including cathedrals and churches throughout the South West and in the Republic of Ireland. He is a member of the Bath and Wells Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) and an RIBA and AABC conservation accredited architect.

 

Sarah Buck

Sarah Buck OBE

Sarah is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer and was the first female President of Institution of Structural Engineers in 2007. She is Director of Exeter-based BSW Consulting which she co-founded 20 years ago. Throughout her career she has been involved in the design and supervision of a wide range of civil and structural projects -with a particular interest in historic structures and sustainable construction. Sarah is involved internationally with structural engineering ethics and nationally with degree accreditation. She was awarded an honorary degree (DEng) by the University of Exeter in 2008 and an OBE in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to Engineering and Education.

Graham Norwood

Graham Norwood

Graham is a freelance property journalist, writing on residential markets and housing. He is a regular contributor to The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail property pages, edits the online trade titles Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, and frequently writes for Estates Gazette. He has also written four books on residential property. Outside of work, Graham lives in Topsham, Devon. He claims to spend too much time in the cinema and, a few times a year, at F1 motor races. You can follow Graham on Twitter @propertyjourn and on Instagram graham_property.

 

 

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