23 May 2017 | 6:30-9:30pm | Landing Forty Two, The Leadenhall Building


Our judges are some of the most respected figures in the property sector. This year’s panel features 48 industry experts comprising senior executives, media and marketing professionals and personalities from across the sector.



‎Founder and CEO,
Accouter Group

Alec Watt is the founder and CEO at The Accouter Group, one of London’s most innovative and creative portfolios of companies. Alec specialises in prime real estate services, luxury interior design and furnishing for a wide variety of global clients.



Editor, The London Magazine

Anne Cuthbertson is the editor of the London Magazine, with 15 years experience in property journalism before  taking on her current role. She has also launched several successful awards of her own, including Gardening Against the Odds and the Family Friendly Museum Awards.



‎Managing Partner,
Black Brick Property Solutions LLP

Camilla Dell has worked in the property market for almost 2 decades, founding her own company, Black Brick Property Solutions, in 2007. Now London’s leading independent buying consultancy, the award winning Black Brick has been hugely successful in meeting the needs of domestic and international property buyers in the London property market.



Chairman, NAEA Propertymark


Recently appointed as Executive Chairman of NAEA ARLA Propertymark, Christopher Hamer has been a special property adviser to that group since 2015. Prior to that he held the post of Property Ombudsman for 9 years from 2006, contributing to press articles, the development of legislation and to educating agents about customer service.

David Adams has been newly appointed as Director of Humberts’ Mayfair branch following a six-year period as Managing Director of John Taylor. With a reputation for honesty and integrity and nearly a decade of property experience under his belt, he and his team are behind some of London’s most expensive property sales.



Director, Humberts Mayfair



Group Sales and Marketing Director, Redrow


David Bexon is the Group Sales and Marketing Director at Redrow plc with over 20 years experience in the new homes sector. David has been on the forefront of digital property portals since he launched Redrow’s first website, and he continues that tradition today.



Associate Director, Communications, London & Country Mortgages

David Hollingworth is Associate Director of Communications at London & Country Mortgages, the UK’s leading fee-free mortgage broker, offering whole of market advice to borrowers throughout the country. With  13 years' industry experience, his expertise covers all aspects of the UK mortgage market, including the Buy to Let and specialist sectors.



Managing Director, Gazeal

Duncan Samuel is an experienced entrepreneur and solicitor, with a track record in the property services market and the application of IT and workflow process to professional services. He is the founder and Managing Director of Gazeal, a company whose mission is to simplify buying houses in England and Wales..



Founder of Viewber and Non-executive Director at the Property Ombudsman

Ed Mead is the Founder of Viewber, an outsourced viewing/inspection service for the property industry, and Non-executive Director at the Property Ombudsman. With 38 years of experience in the industry, Ed is much sought after for advice, consultations and articles on the subject of property.



Chief Executive, National Gardens Scheme

George Plumptre is the Chief Executive of the National Gardens Scheme, and an author, journalist, and lecturer, acknowledged as an international authority on gardens and gardening. He has lectured all over the world, contributed articles to national newspapers and magazines, and written many books on gardening



Associate Editor at
Tatler, Condé Nast

Gerri Gallagher has been Associate Editor at Tatler, Conde Nast for over 20 years, leaving her home country of America to delight us here in the UK.  In that time she has launched supplements, gained access to the most sumptuous country homes and even presided over many award ceremonies of her own.

As well as being the Interiors Editor for Country Life, Giles Kime is a former Editor of Decanter magazine and author of three books; Decorating, Decorate To Speculate and Secrets Of Wine. In his spare time he is dragging an Arts & Crafts house on the banks of the River Itchen into the 21st century (kicking and screaming).



‎Interiors Editor,
Country Life



Head of UK Residential Research, Knight Frank

Grainne Gilmore is the Head of UK Residential Research at Knight Frank, where she produces data and analysis on all aspects of the UK housing market. She has appeared on television and radio as a market commentator and is frequently quoted in the press. Before joining Knight Frank in 2011, Gráinne was an award-winning financial journalist at The Times in London



Property Commentator/Broadcaster

Henry Pryor is a well-known Property Commentator and the ‘BBC’s favourite property broadcaster’. With over 3 decades of experience in the property industry he has bought and sold nearly 1000 homes, and contributed to the property sphere with articles, tweets and much sought after comments.



CEO and Founder, Markettiers4dc

Howard Kosky is the CEO and Founder of Markettiers4dc and has been working in PR and broadcast for over 25 years. For 20 years his company has been at the forefront of brand messaging and now manages broadcast solutions for many of the world’s leading organisations, delivering coverage across the globe.



TV Critic, Daily Mirror


Ian Hyland has been an acerbic TV critic for over two decades, with his well-honed opinions appearing in broadcast and tabloids.  His Daily Mirror weekly column was so popular that it was upgraded to a daily next-day opinion on all the latest shows.



Founder, Digital Marketing Bureau

As founder of the Digital Marketing Bureau, James Dearsley combines a strong background in property with his digital marketing strategy. Always focusing on Marketing for the Now and Next, James helps to prepare others for the future, aligning clients ambitions with the latest innovations in digital marketing.

Jane Slade is the founder of Retiremove.co.uk, an online property and lifestyle magazine for the over 50s which is developing a listing portal later this year. She is the former property editor of the Sunday Express and currently contributes to the property sections of the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, Express online and Abode 2.



‎Founding Editor, Retiremove.co.uk

Jeremy Gates is the former Property Editor of the Daily Express and a journalist with the Press Association. He has decades of experience in writing about the property industry, and is a holder of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Property Press Awards.



Former Property Editor of the Daily Express and the Press Association

Jeremy Leaf is a former Chairman of the RICS Residential Faculty and the Institution’s housing spokesman. He is principal of Jeremy Leaf & Co, a North London firm of Chartered Surveyors and estate agents founded in 1984.   He appears frequently in the media as well as contributing regularly to RICS isurv and numerous property publications.



Former Housing Spokesman for RICS and Principal, Jeremy Leaf & Co.



Managing Director, Sourcing Property

Jo Eccles is the Managing Director and Founder of Sourcing Property. She writes a weekly property column for The Metro newspaper and is a regular commentator in the national press and television, including ITV’s Homes and Property series, BBC1’s 6 O’Clock News, ITV’s London Tonight, and BBC2’s Daily Politics.



Founder of Yoo

John Hitchcox is the Founder of Yoo, a groundbreaking property design and development company that creates extraordinary homes, hotels and furniture.  Since 1999, YOO has worked with international developers, designing landmark residential and hotel projects throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, North and South America and the Middle East.



Director of Corporate Affairs, Grainger Plc

As Director of Corporate Affairs at Grainger Plc, Kurt Mueller oversees corporate affairs at the UK's largest residential real estate investment company listed on the London Stock Exchange, with responsibility for investor, media and government relations, marketing and internal communications.



Head of Communications at ZPG Plc

As Head of Communications at ZPG Plc Lawrence Hall is responsible for corporate/financial communications, consumer PR, social media and content. ZPG Plc owns some of the UK’s most trusted digital platforms including Zoopla, uSwitch, PrimeLocation, Hometrack and Property Software Group.



Head of Residential, JLL

As the Head of Residential at JLL, Lucy Morton leads the agency’s business across the UK, with 30 years experience in the property industry to back her up. As well as her work for JLL, Lucy is a member and past President of ARLA, and has worked tirelessly to improve the standards of the estate and lettings agents industry regulation.

Mark Collins is the Chairman of Residential at CBRE UK, where he provides international and UK property investors and development companies with the benefit of his 34 years in the property industry. A leading figure in the London residential property market, he is also Chairman of LCCI’s Property and Construction Committee.



Chairman of Residential, CBRE



Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark

Mark Hayward  is the Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark. In addition to this role Mark sits on the Boards of The Property Ombudsman, TDS, ICREA, Agents Mutual, and formerly NAR, whilst representing the organisation on the Council of NHBC, LRAC, MLAC, SDLST, FIABCI, and CEI.



Managing Director, Integra Property Services

Michael Day MBA FRICS FNAEA is the Managing Director of Integra Property Services and has over 40 years’ residential property experience. Michael is a business mentor, trainer, coach and adviser to over 350+ industry clients..



Commercial Director, Rightmove

Miles Shipside is the Commercial Director at Rightmove, with 40 years of experience in estate agency. He has responsibility for estate agency and media relations, specialising in advising the industry on how the internet is transforming home moving and the state of the housing market. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1982.



Chairman, BLJ London and Former Editor of the Daily Express

Sir Nicholas Lloyd is the Chairman of BLJ London and former Editor of the Daily Express and three of the UK’s leading national newspapers. He also spent time in New York with News Corp, where he worked across magazines, newspapers, film and television. He was knighted in 1989 for services to journalism.



Managing Director, Property Industry Eye

Nick Salmon is the Managing Director of Property Industry Eye; he is a well-known and respected figure in the world of residential estate agency; and an authoritative property market commentator. He has also been a director of a property newspaper business and has extensive experience of media advertising, journalism and copywriting. He owns the Splinta Marketing, PR and consultancy business..



Freelance Writer and Former Property Editor at the Daily Mail

Nigel Lewis is a property writer and editor with a 23-year track record who has worked on a number of publications including the Daily Mail, Channel 4's A Place in the Sun and Location, Location, Location magazines.



Head of Mortgage Policy, Building Societies Association

Paul Broadhead is Head of Mortgage Policy at the Building Societies Association. He played a key role in the implementation of FSA mortgage regulation within Halifax plc in 2004. Paul is a frequent media commentator and conference speaker on mortgages and housing in the UK. He is a member of the Consumer Policy Working Group of the European Association of Co-operative Banks.



Journalist and Former Editor of EG

Peter Bill is a freelance journalist and author of Planet Property, an account of the real estate market between 1997 and 2013. The former surveyor edited Building magazine in the Nineties, then EG for 11 years until 2009. Peter wrote a weekly 'On Property' page for the City section of the Evening Standard between 2007 and 2015.



Founder, Property Academy

Peter Knight is the Founder of Property Academy, which provides seminars and coaching, and of Estate Agent Events. He is also an international award winning speaker and author of bestseller 'HEMP', the 'Highly Effective Marketing Plan' published in 2003 by Pearson Education and now available in 11 different languages.



Managing Director, Association of International Property Professionals

Peter Robinson is the Managing Director of the Association of International Property Professionals, a not-for-profit in the cross-border property market whose aim is to improve the standards of professionalism in the international property market, helping both the industry and the public. AIPP has more than 370 corporate members in 31 countries.



Chief Executive,

Peter Wetherell is the Founder and Chief Executive of Wetherell, the leading specialist residential Mayfair estate agents.  Peter is responsible for overseeing the sales, rental and development departments and celebrates 35 years in business this year.



Senior Technical Manager, John Charcol

Ray Boulger is the Senior Technical Manager for John Charcol Independent Mortgage Advisers and Brokers. He is widely regarded as the guru of the mortgage market and has received numerous awards from journalists and the mortgage trade for his work in the media.



Research and Insight Director, Hometrack

Richard Donnell is the Research and Insight Director at Hometrack where he leads on research and market insight and the development of new client propositions.  His extensive knowledge of the housing sector spans over 20 years and he is widely regarded as one of the UK’s foremost housing market analysts.



CEO, National Landlords Association

Richard Lambert is CEO of the National Landlords Association, the UK’s leading representative organisation for private landlords.  Once a parliamentary civil servant, he is now a regular media spokesman and commentator on housing policy and the private rented sector.



Editorial Director, Globespan Media

Rupert Bates is the Editorial Director at Globespan Media, which publishes the leading trade title for UK housebuilders: Show House, and a director of www.whathouse.com, the leading new homes portal and publishers of WhatHouse? regional newspapers.  He is also one of the UK's leading property writers, specialising in the housebuilding sector.



Director, Leasehold Knowledge Partnership

Sebastian O’Kelly is the Director of Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, an editorial-advice website for leaseholders which he co-founded with Melissa Briggs in 2012. It campaigns to change law and judicial procedures which discriminate against ordinary leasehold homeowners. Sebastian O'Kelly has been named and praised in the House of Commons for his work on behalf of leaseholders.



Head of Research, Strutt & Parker

Stephanie McMahon joined Strutt & Parker as Head of Research in July 2012, bringing 12 years of property research experience. She leads a research team across both residential and commercial markets. Stephanie is involved with industry organisations such as the Investment Property Forum, Urban Land Institute and Society of Property Researchers.



Critic, Writer and Former Chief Executive of the Design Museum

Stephen Bayley is a design critic and the Former Chief Executive of the Design Museum; the person for whom the term ‘Design Guru’ was coined. A prolific writer, he contributes to The Times, The Telegraph, The Financial Times and Vanity Fair, to name only a few publications, and also finds the time to be an author, a broadcaster and a debater.



Non-Executive Director, LCA and Former Minister for Transport in London

Steve Norris is a Non-Executive Director of the London Communication Agency and Former Minister for Transport in London. He holds a number of high profile roles including Chairman of Soho Estates Ltd, Non-Executive Chairman at BNP Paribas Real Estate UK and Chairman of Driver Global Construction Consultancy.

Stuart Law is the Founder and CEO of Assetz Property Ltd, one of the largest property investment agencies for the private investor community. The Telegraph has named him one of the most influential figures in property in the UK, and he regularly comments on and writes about property investment in a wide range of publications



Managing Director, Assetz Property




Director, Residential Research at Savills

Susan Emmett is Director of Residential Research at Savills, with 13 years experience commenting on the property market appearing on Radio 4, BBC News and Sky News. She delivers insight into housing issues, speaking frequently at industry conferences generating front page news.



Chairman, LonRes

William Carrington is the Chairman of LonRes, the premier data source and network for top property professionals who do business in London. He has 30 years of experience in the Prime Central London property market, specialising in valuation, agency and negotiation.