Judges for 2024 Include

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Laura Foster

Laura Foster

BBC Reporter

Laura Foster is an award-winning reporter and presenter and has worked at BBC News for over a decade. As a health and science specialist, she has reported on everything from missions to Mars to climate change to mental health – and was right at the front of the BBC’s reporting throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Laura has also presented a number of podcasts and radio shows – including Inside Health on BBC Radio 4. More recently, she has returned home to the East of England and can be seen and heard covering the biggest news stories across the region. In her spare time, Laura volunteers as a STEM ambassador and is passionate about having more young people understand the utter joy that is a career in STEM.

Matthew Battle

Matthew Battle

Managing Director, UK Property Forums

Matthew is the Founder and Managing Director of UK Property Forums. Established in 2004, UKPF enables conferences, events and networking opportunities across the Greater Thames Valley region including Oxford, Reading and Aylesbury. As part of the range of events which UKPF have created, he leads UK Prop Social, a networking club for 150+ members and also the Thames Valley offer at MIPIM UK and MIPIM Cannes, France. Having lived and studied in the Thames Valley, he is very informed about the region and passionate about the development of a group for all those involved in the Thames Valley property markets.

Nicholas Bewes

Nicholas Bewes

Chairman, Land Aid - Eastern Region

Nicholas has overall responsibility to the Board and Shareholders for the management of the Howard Group of Companies, encompassing Howard Property Group and Howard Capital Partners. Prior to joining the Howard Group in 1999, Nicholas worked with The BOC Group for ten years, where he held various management positions. His responsibilities included a variety of functions including Change Management, Marketing and Communications, Product Development and Global Supply Management. Nicholas is a Trustee of various Charities and sits on the Board of Cambridge Ahead.

John Blair

John Blair

Director, Saunders Boston Architects

John joined Saunders Boston Architects direct from university, appointed Associate Director in 1988, Director in 1990, and has overseen the development of the business into a leading UK Practice during that time. Although experienced in many sectors, John has become widely recognised for his expertise in Higher Education, Science & Veterinary projects completed across the East of England.

Emma Drake

Emma Drake

Chartered Practitioner, Henbe Communications

Chartered Practitioner providing independent strategic communication advice developing strategies for businesses shaping places or creating breakthrough products in the technology, housing, property and construction sectors. Emma has worked with some of the biggest regional developments, housing and construction projects and also in a national role at Homes England. She currently works with companies doing things differently, disrupting their market or launching game-changing products or services in these areas.

Mark Dujardin

Mark Dujardin

Chief Executive Officer, Horta Properties

Mark has lived, worked and played in Cambridge and the East of England all his life. As a successful businessman, he was Chairman of a successful packaging group with the Head office based in Ely, which was subsequently sold to EQT Private Equity. He now concentrates on his property business which owns assets across the county and has interests in different businesses as an investor.

Will Fayers

Will Fayers

Principal Transport Planner, Paul Basham Associates

Will joined Paul Basham Associates in 2015, starting in their head office in Fareham before spending some time in the Oxford Office and moving across to open their Cambridge Office in January 2019. Will is responsible for preparing various studies and reports and overseeing and managing project teams to ensure our work is delivered to the highest quality and within the required timescales. He is also responsible for promoting the business throughout East Anglia and Essex.

Rob Harris

Rob Harris

Principal, Ramidus Consulting

Rob is principal of Ramidus Consulting Limited. He has over 30 year’s experience within the property sector, specialising in research and workplace strategy. Based in Fakenham but working across the UK, Rob has worked for a number of major companies including Lipton Rogers, British Council of Offices, City of London Corporation and many other companies across the Southeast UK.

Joe Last

Joe Last

Savills

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Emma Proctor-King

Emma Proctor-King

Churchmanor Estates

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Jodie Welch

Jodie Welch

Stantec

Jodie is a Transport Planner based at Stantec in Cambridge and is also the Lead LandAid Ambassador for the Eastern Region. As part of this role, Jodie is responsible for raising the profile of LandAid across the property industry, growing the network of Ambassadors across the UK and encouraging fundraising to help end youth homelessness. Through additional STEM work, Jodie demonstrates a true passion for the world of Transport Planning and inspiring the next generation of engineers and consultants, promoting the industry to wider audiences with a level of influence well beyond her years.

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