Meet the judges of the 2016 Michelmores Property Awards
With the judging day for the 2016 Michelmores Property Awards just around the corner we are pleased to introduce the panel for this year's event.
We are delighted to welcome a new judge to the 2016 awards, Will Mumford, who is managing director of NPS South West. We also welcome back four of last year's judges Nick Hole, Peter Lacey, Mike Leece OBE and Thelma Sorensen OBE − who will come together on 4 March 2016 to select the very best buildings, projects and businesses from across the South West.
Meet the judges
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.
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.
Will Mumford, a chartered building surveyor, is the operations director at NPS South West Ltd − a subsidiary of the NPS Group. NPS are a multi-disciplinary property consultancy offering design, surveying and asset management services to private and public sector clients across the West Country. Will has been based in the West Country for over 20 years working in retail, property and local politics.