Judges

Our 2017 Judging Panel consists of:

Anne Currell, Owner and Group CEO, CURRELL

Dominic Smithers, Property Editor, Manchester Evening News

Joe Green, Consumer Affairs and PR Executive, Experian

Marcus Wilshere, London Masterplanning Lead, IBI Group

Marie Kemplay, Principal Researcher and Writer for Which?

Roger Southam, Director, Savills

Stephen Harker, Managing Partner and head of Property Department, Dawson Cornwell


Anne Currell, Owner and Group CEO, CURRELL

Anne Currell, Owner and Group CEO, CURRELL
Anne Currell, Owner and Group CEO, CURRELL

Anne opened the first Currell residential office in Islington in 1998 with four employees. The company has significantly grown since 1998 and now comprises four retail sales offices based in Islington, Clerkenwell, Hackney and Victoria Park, seven separate companies and employs over 100 members of staff.

Anne holds absolute responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the company including implementing policy and strategy and management and leadership. Anne also takes direct responsibility for the expanding Currell New Homes department, which operates across London, with a specific focus on the eastern corridor.

The company is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, National Federation of Property Professionals and The Property Ombudsman’s Scheme for Estate Agents.

Anne is actively involved with a number of arts and charitable organisations, including The Big House, a charity working with young people in the care system who are finding life difficult, giving them a platform to have their voices heard through theatre.

Prior to starting Currell Residential, Anne worked in sales for another agency and as a nurse for just under ten years before having a career break to raise her five children.


Dominic Smithers, Property Editor, Manchester Evening News

Dominic Smithers, Property Editor, Manchester Evening News
Dominic Smithers, Property Editor, Manchester Evening News

Dominic is responsible for covering all things property related in Greater Manchester, trying to keep up with the ever-changing skyline of the city centre and the countless developments in each of the 10 boroughs.

He joined the Manchester Evening News in February 2016, launching the newspaper’s property section and becoming its editor.

 

 


Joe Green, Consumer Affairs and PR Executive, Experian

Joe Green, Consumer Affairs and PR Executive, Experian
Joe Green, Consumer Affairs and PR Executive, Experian

Joe Green is Experian’s Consumer Affairs Executive and helps deliver the company’s public education programme, which explains, for example, how credit reports and credit ratings work. Originally from Kent, Joe moved to Nottingham.

In 2005, to study Business at Nottingham Trent University, and joined Experian shortly after graduating. Joe has a keen interest in music, film, travel and sport, particularly long-distance running. In 2014, Joe completed his first full marathon and will be running this year’s London marathon, raising money for enterprise education charity, Young Enterprise.


Marcus Wilshere, London Masterplanning Lead, IBI Group

Marcus Wilshere, London Masterplanning Lead, IBI Group
Marcus Wilshere, London Masterplanning Lead, IBI Group

Marcus Wilshere is an architect specialising in creating liveable neighbourhoods. He has been at the forefront of changing the way we plan and build towns and cities. As a leading figure in the UK’s urban design movement, his approach requires thinking beyond the individual building to consider how the whole place works.

His work with local communities has resulted in places that work for the people that live there, making them popular, safe and well cared for.

Marcus works for the IBI Group, an internationally acclaimed, inter-disciplinary practice that includes architects, town planners, landscape designers and highways and transportation specialists.


Marie Kemplay, Principal Researcher and Writer for Which?

Marie Kemplay, Principal Researcher and Writer for Which?
Marie Kemplay, Principal Researcher and Writer for Which?

As a Principal Researcher and Writer for Which?, Marie’s main areas of expertise are with mortgages and property. Marie has worked at Which? for nearly five years, and in that time has written features about all aspects of property from how to add value to your home through to how to find that all-important mortgage.

Marie is also a leading member of the team responsible for creating and maintaining Which?’s huge range of online advice and tools for homebuyers and sellers.

Outside of work she is a volunteer presenter on a community radio station, has volunteered as a Childline counsellor and has an ongoing ambition to speak fluent French.


Roger Southam, Director, Savills

Roger Southam, Director, Savills
Roger Southam, Director, Savills

Roger Southam is a director at Savills and specialises in customer service and effective management of property.  He is a leading expert in all sectors of property management including retirement living, the burgeoning multifamily sector in the UK as well as residential long leasehold. Roger regularly contributes articles and media comment on all aspects of housing delivery and management.

Founder of UK Apartment Association; Chair of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Customer Experience Working Party; member of the Admin Burdens Board for HMRC; he is Non Exec Chairman of the Leasehold & Park Homes Advisory Service (LEASE); and committee member of Public Chairs Forum.


Stephen Harker, Managing Partner and head of Property Department, Dawson Cornwell

Stephen Harker, Managing Partner and head of Property Department, Dawson Cornwell
Stephen Harker, Managing Partner and head of Property Department, Dawson Cornwell

Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 1987. He had worked mostly in the field of property, before joining Dawson Cornwell in 1993. He became a partner in 1995 and is now Managing Partner of the firm. Dawson Cornwell is one of the UK’s leading specialist family law firms and is accredited by the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme. Based in London, the firm acts for clients across the UK and internationally, who are embarking on divorce, separation, or dissolution of a civil partnership. The firm advises on all areas of family and children’s law, including the creation of alternative family structures. It also has a specialist children’s department, with specific expertise in all aspects of international children’s law. The firm is consistently recommended by Chambers and the Legal 500, the two main legal directories.

Unlike other niche family law practices, Dawson Cornwell also advises on buying and selling properties and on wills and planning family finances. Stephen is the head of the firm’s Property Department and advises on commercial and residential work of all kinds, with a particular interest in property development. He is the author of Matrimonial Conveyancing, published by Sweet & Maxwell.