Grace Williams
Posted on 3 Mar 2015

Meet the judges of the 2015 Michelmores Property Awards

Let's meet the judges. 

Sir John Banham

Sir John Banham began his career in the Foreign Office, before moving to management consultancy McKinsey & Company − where he became the youngest Director of the firm.  Later he became the first controller of the Audit Commission, Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Chairman of Whitbread Plc and then Chairman of Johnson Matthey, the sustainable technology provider.  Sir John was recognised with a knighthood for Services to British Business in 1992. 

Kevin Butler

Kevin Butler spent an impressive 20 years at the Bank of England, where his roles included Regional Agent for the South West and Head of Audit.  In 2011, he joined chartered accountants Milsted Langdon LLP as a consultant economist, where he researches and advises on a wide range of financial and economic topics.  Kevin is also a renowned commentator for the BBC, covering business and economics in the South West and beyond.  He is also an Independent Non-executive Director for healthcare insurer Western Provident Association. 

Nick Hole

Nick Hole has over 25 years' experience in the property development sector.  He initially joined property company Eagle One (previously Rockeagle) as a Chartered Surveyor in 1987. In 2001, Nick left Eagle One as a consequence of the sale of part of the business, returning as a Director in 2008.  He is also Managing Director of Eagle One company Blue Cedar Homes, which specialises in the luxury retirement market in the South West.  

Angela Kilvington

Angela Kilvington joined Midas construction in 1987, soon becoming the first female Marketing Manager in the South West. She is passionate about promoting women in the construction sector, and is the founder of the 'Early Birds Network', predecessor of the 'South West Women in Construction' group. Angela went on to establish her specialist construction marketing consultancy AK1 Marketing in 2004, selling the business in 2014. 

Peter Lacey

A highly experienced architect, Peter Lacey co-founded the Exeter-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 taken on the roles of Chair of Exeter Vision Partnership, and Non-Executive Chair of property consultants Vickery Holman Ltd.  Peter is currently Pro-Chancellor at the University of Exeter where he leads on the infrastructure and environmental sustainability portfolios as part of the university's ongoing development. 

Mike Leece OBE

With a background in engineering, Mike Leece became CEO for Devonport Management Limited (DML) 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 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.

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.  She is also a member 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.  In 2010, Thelma was awarded an OBE for her contribution to economic regeneration in Cornwall. 


The shortlist for the Michelmores Property Awards 2015 has now been announced
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