Emma Honey
Posted on 4 Mar 2020

Michelmores Property Awards 2020 - meet our new and returning judges

With judging day for the 2020 Michelmores Property Awards just a couple of weeks away, we are pleased to introduce our judging panel for this year's event. For 2020, we are delighted to welcome three new judges: Elaine Millman, Rachel Bell and Emma Osmundsen.

We are also very pleased to welcome back six returning judges: Sarah Buck OBE, John Beauchamp, Nick Hole, Mike Leece OBE, Peter Lacey and Thelma Sorensen OBE. The full panel will judge the submissions on Wednesday 25 March 2020 to select the very best buildings, projects and businesses from across the South West in what is now a new decade of innovation for the industry.

Meet our new judges

Emma Osmundsen BSc (Hons) Pg Dip (Arch Conserv) MA MRICS

Emma is Managing Director of Exeter City Living Ltd, the ‘Profit for Purpose’ Development Company of Exeter City Council. She is responsible for the delivery of a portfolio of developments spanning residential, commercial and leisure. A chartered surveyor with 25 years of development experience in the public, private and charitable sector, Emma is also a UK pioneer of Low Carbon, Healthy and Climate-ready buildings and leading developer of the International Passivhaus Standard.

Elaine Millman

Elaine joined Grenadier in 2008 as a Designer and has since overseen numerous projects within the property portfolio including the design of Grenadier’s redevelopment of St Margaret’s, a former all-girls school in Exeter, into sustainable homes. She has a focus on designing sustainably by using eco-friendly products, local suppliers and materials wherever possible. From designing layouts to full interior design of Grenadier’s residential and commercial properties, Elaine’s love of interior design is prominent within each development. Elaine’s interest in property development came from her experience in the retail sector, having worked at Next and Liberty of London, to name just a couple. Whilst working at Liberty of London, she oversaw the shop floor layouts, merchandising and budgeting.

Rachel Bell

Rachel Bell is an Architect, Head of Business Development and recently appointed Director at Stride Treglown. Beyond her role, Rachel supports numerous initiatives. She is currently on the SW Regional Board for LandAid and is an active Women in Property committee member. As a visible industry role model, Rachel has won many awards and accolades for her contributions. In 2018-19, she was named a UK Construction Week Role Model, Property Week RESI Trailblazer, Insider SW Property Personality of the Year, SW Mentor of the Year and was twice a finalist in the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards. ‘Stand Tall’ is her mantra – something she encourages everyone to do.

Welcome back to our returning judges

Sarah Buck OBE

Sarah Buck is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer and was the first female President of Institution of Structural Engineers in 2007. She is currently Director of BSW Consulting, an Exeter-based company which she co-founded over 20 years ago. She has been involved in the design and supervision of a wide range of civil and structural projects during her career, both in the UK and overseas and has developed a particular interest in historic structures and sustainable construction. Sarah is involved internationally with structural engineering ethics and nationally with degree accreditation. Sarah 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.

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.

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. 

Mike Leece OBE

Mike is a self-employed business consultant with a background in engineering. He 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.

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 Ltd. 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.

Thelma Sorenson 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 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 and now 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.

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