UCEM Property Awards 2020

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UCEM Property Awards 2020 – Thursday, 15 October

For the first time since the Awards were inaugurated in 1987, this year’s UCEM Property Awards were held online. Speeches and announcements on the day were shared on our social media channels to celebrate the achievements of our award winners and nominees as opposed to a luncheon due to COVID.

So, what are the Property Awards?

Every year since 1987 (with the exception of 2012), UCEM has presented its Property Award to a person who, or an organisation which, has made an outstanding contribution to the property industry.

Property tycoon, Godfrey Bradman, was the inaugural winner of the Property Award and there has been a diverse range of recipients since that first year.

Previous Property Award recipients include: Sir Michael Latham – author of The Latham Report which transformed the modern construction industry; the National Trust; and our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales.

The Property Award winner is selected by the UCEM Board of Trustees from suggestions made to them by peers within the industry over the course of the year.

Alumni of the Year and Academic Excellence Awards

In 2015, two extra awards were added to the event – the Alumni of the Year Award and Academic Excellence Award.

The Alumni of the Year Award goes to a former UCEM student who has made an outstanding contribution in their early career towards creating a better Built Environment.

The Academic Excellence Award recognises the academic excellence and quality of our students’ research and dissertation submissions.

For each of these awards, six nominees are selected; the alumni award via a public nominations form and the academic award through a review carried out by our Academic Team.

Harold Samuel Research Prize

The most recent addition to the Property Awards was the inclusion of the Harold Samuel Research Prize where we award up to £15,000 towards the recipient/s’s research proposal which must have the potential to change the industry.

Applications are sought in the early part of the year with a judging panel selecting one or more proposals they feel is deserving of funding. Recipients then have 12 months to complete their research project.

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How it unfolded


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Principal’s introduction

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Academic Excellence Award winner 2020

Our Vice Chair, Stephen Jackson announces this year’s Academic Excellence winner…


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Alumni of the Year winner 2020

Our Chair Designate, Amanda Clack, announces this year’s Alumni of the Year…

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Harold Samuel Research Prize recipients 2020

Our Principal, Ashley Wheaton, reveals the recipients of this year’s Harold Samuel Research Prize…

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Property Award winner 2020

Our Chairman of the Board of Trustees, John Gellatly, in his final public function, reveals this year’s Property Award winner and reflects on his time as Chairman…

And our Property Award winner, Annie Hampson OBE, gave an acceptance speech…

Before our Principal, Ashley Wheaton, closed proceedings…

For a written summary of the day, take a look at our news story.

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Chairman’s introduction

Thank you for following UCEM’s Property Awards 2020 event online. This event has been an annual highlight during my six years as UCEM’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees and I have been honoured to host the luncheon each year and meet the many marvellous and exceptional winners we have recognised.

The names added in 2020 extend the roll call of honour of their predecessors. I know you will all join me in congratulating them and we look forward to meeting them in person in 2021 when, with all hope, we will be able to meet in person for the luncheon once again.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at UCEM and all its loyal friends and colleagues for their unwavering support during my time as UCEM Chairman, which draws to a close at the end of the year.

I can reflect with great pride on the many achievements of UCEM during this time, with securing University Title, purchasing our new home, Horizons, and celebrating 100 exceptional years being the stand-out moments. As the University College continues its quest to become the Centre of Excellence for Built Environment Education, I know I leave it in a strong position to face the future and realise this goal.

I wish my very best to you all, and to Amanda Clack as she becomes the 11th Chair of the UCEM Board at the end of this year. Congratulations again to all our worthy winners in 2020.

John Gellatly



John Gellatly,

UCEM Chairman of the Board





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Hall of Fame

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Property Award

1987 – Godfrey Bradman; 1988 – Norman Bowie; 1989 – Sir Nigel Mobbs LL; 1990 – John Clayton; 1991 – Sir Frank Layfield QC; 1992 – Peter Huntsman; 1993 – Sir Idris Pearce CBE; 1994 – Michael Mallinson CBE; 1995 – Michael Pattison CBE; 1996 – Sir Michael Latham; 1997 – Pen Kent CBE; 1998 – Honor Chapman CBE; 1999 – Alastair Ross Goobey CBE; 2000 – Sir Stuart Lipton; 2001 – Bernard Hunt; 2002 – Sir Christopher Howes KCVO CB; 2003 – Ian Henderson CBE; 2004 – Sir Christopher Benson; 2005 – Sir Martin Laing CBE; 2006 – Andrew Hamilton MVO; 2007 – National Trust; 2008 – Tom Bloxham MBE; 2009 – Professor Li Shirong and Ray O’Rourke; 2010 – Roger Madelin CBE; 2011 – HRH The Prince of Wales; 2012 – No award; 2013 – Dr Ian Cullen and Rupert Nabarro OBE; 2014 – Professor Peter Wynne Rees; 2015 – Mike Slade; 2016 – Ros Kerslake OBE; 2017 – Dr Nils Kok; 2018 – Dame Alison Nimmo DBE; 2019 – Sir James Wates; 2020 – Annie Hampson OBE

Academic Excellence Award

2015 – Alex Flanders; 2016 – Deborah McGhee; 2017 – Elias Crang; 2018 – Jane Henshaw; 2019 – Emma Martinez; 2020 – Philip Goldstone

Alumni of the Year

2015 – Julie de la Cruz; 2016 – Pavel Streblov; 2017 – Laura Collins; 2018 – Nicola Dixon-Brown; 2019 – Nathan Jarman; 2020 – Jodie Ronan

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2020 Academic Excellence Award nominees

Philip Goldstone

Quote graphicPhilip studied on our MSc Quantity Surveying programme from 2017 until earlier this year. Working in construction, Philip’s nominated dissertation was on how ethics can be effectively embedded into construction projects. To find out more about Philip and his dissertation, head to our blog.








Laura Millican

Quote graphicLaura studied on our MSc Quantity Surveying programme from 2016-2019. Working as a Commercial Manager, she gained an interest in sustainability with her nominated project on the application of Lean tools and techniques at the different stages of the project lifecycle. To find out more about Laura and her dissertation, head to our blog.








Jasmine Walsh

Quote graphicJasmine studied on our MSc Quantity Surveying programme from 2016 until earlier this year. For her dissertation, Jasmine focused on her role as Cost Engineer at Anglian Water and her passion for sustainability in producing a project titled ‘How can Anglian Water improve water footprinting of its investment programme? A critical analysis of current practice and recommendations for continuous improvement’. To find out more about Jasmine and her dissertation, head to our blog.






Rob Sumner

Quote graphicRob studied on our MSc Real Estate programme from 2017-2019. Rob’s dissertation was titled ‘Why does the UK Government intend to make the retirement living sector exempt from the proposed ground rent reforms?’ and explores the role of ground rents in retirement schemes, and the possible implications for the sector and wider socio-economic landscape if these were restricted in line with the proposed reforms. To find out more about Rob and his dissertation, head to our blog.






Aino Kavantera

Quote graphicAino studied on our MBA Construction and Real Estate programme from 2014 until earlier this year. A design and planning leader with over 20 years’ experience in the Built Environment, Aino’s dissertation was on Agile Working in Hong Kong. To find out more about Aino and her dissertation, head to our blog.







Adam King

Quote graphicAdam studied on our MSc Real Estate programme from 2017 until earlier this year. Adam critically evaluated affordable workspace planning policies in the London borough of Hackney in relation to the Shoreditch office market for his dissertation project. To find out more about Adam and his nominated dissertation, head to our blog.

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2020 Alumni of the Year Award nominees

Jonathan Bayfield

Quote graphicJonathan studied on our MSc Real Estate programme from 2014-2016. He is now head of the UK and Republic of Ireland Real Estate Research team at Aviva Investors – one of the largest Real Assets investment managers in Europe, with around €50m of assets under management (AuM). Head to his blog to read his story.







Michelle Dobson

Quote graphicMichelle studied on our BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management programme from 2014-2019. She is an Associate at Walker Singleton Chartered Surveyors in Halifax and was awarded EGI’s Dealmaker of the Year for Yorkshire and the North West in 2018 and 2019. To read more about Michelle’s story, head to our blog.







Shane Jones

Quote graphicShane studied with us from 2012-2019, first on our BSc Estate Management programme before immediately moving on to study on our MBA Construction and Real Estate programme. He is a Valuer at the Barbados Revenue Authority and actively seeks to gain recognition for valuation surveyors in the country, having become the youngest surveyor in the Caribbean to become a professional member of RICS in 2019. To read more about Shane’s story, read our blog.






Vincent Chan

Quote graphicVincent first studied with UCEM in the 1990s, gaining a BSc in Estate Management and resumed studies with us in 2010, completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration four years later. Vincent is currently the Project Manager responsible for the overall running of the Building Management Dispute Resolution Scheme (BMDRS) for the Home Affairs Department of the Government of Hong Kong SAR. To read more about Vincent’s story, head to our blog.






Jodie Ronan

Quote graphicJodie studied on our MSc Surveying – Real Estate programme from 2014-2017. Jodie is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Ronan Group Real Estate -a real estate developer based in Dublin. In her role, Jodie has led the funding and purchase process of several high-profile developments in Dublin, helping the city become one of the most liveable in the world. To read more about Jodie’s story, head to our blog.







Joe Ellison

Quote graphicJoe studied on our Diploma in Surveying Practice from 2013-2015 before moving onto our BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management programme which he completed in 2018. Joe is a Chartered Valuation Surveyor at Pinnacle Surveyors, and his achievements within the early stages of his career have led to him being a finalist in the Rising Star – Product Provider category at the British Mortgage Awards 2019, and the Valuation category winner at the RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards 2019. To read more about Joe’s story, head to our blog.




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Good luck messages

Alumni of the Year

For Jonathan Bayfield

“Congratulations – well done!” Richard and Dianne 🙂

“Top work JB – will be watching the social feed to see how you get on.” Ben Norville

“I didn’t expect this of you – best of luck at the awards.” Bunnie Damstead

For Michelle Dobson

Ryan Barker“We are all extremely proud of Michelle’s achievements here at Walker Singleton. Undertaking a Professional qualification whilst managing the day-to-day trials and tribulations of the work environment and pressures that go with this is difficult to balance but Michelle has managed to achieve this and I’m sure it will stand her in good stead in her ongoing future development. Well done!”

Ryan Barker,

Director, Walker Singleton




For Joe Ellison

Joe Ellison and his parents“We are all so proud of Joe’s achievements so far. The hard work he put in to gain First Class Honours from the BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management programme in 2018, then election to Membership of RICS a year later, all whilst working full-time at Pinnacle Surveyors, is testament to his professionalism and drive to make a mark in the industry. His recognition as a Finalist in the Rising Star category at the British Mortgage Awards in Summer 2019 and Winner of RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year 2019 in the Valuation category only goes to show the high regard in which Joe is held with his peers and in the industry as a whole. As a biased Dad (and his boss!), I couldn’t be more proud and pleased of his achievements; his Mum, partner Ben, brother Jacob, and all his friends and colleagues think the same and wish him the best of luck for his nomination in the UCEM Alumni of the Year category.”

David Ellison,

Managing Director, Pinnacle Surveyors




Academic Excellence

For Laura Millican

Laura Millican's parents“Well done Laura, we are very proud of you & your academic achievements.
All your dedication & hard work deserves every success in the future.
Love & best wishes,
Mam & Dad xx”








For Jasmine Walsh

Matt Pluke“I am grateful for the first class consultancy that I received from Jasmine [through the dissertation]. She balanced the needs of her own personal development with the needs of the business perfectly. Thank you, Jasmine!”

Matt Pluke,

Climate Change and Carbon Manager, Anglian Water






For Aino Kavantera

Simon Fallon“A big congratulations to Aino on her nomination for the Academic Excellence Award and also on obtaining her MBA with Distinction! Well done and hats off for this amazing achievement and good luck and fingers crossed with the Award!

“I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Aino over the past seven years. I’ve followed her progress over the many years of studying part-time and I understand how challenging its has been to integrate both lifestyle and educational commitments. I’m sure Aino would agree it was totally worth it in the end and I’m very proud to see her grow within herself and our business! Based on your continued passion for learning, Aino’s contribution to our design studio has been instrumental in developing stronger business leadership both for our Hong Kong studio as well as across our international practice.”

Simon Fallon,

Practice Director, PMDL Architecture + Design



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The Harold Samuel Research Prize

The Harold Samuel Research Prize awards up to £15,000 annually to support innovative research projects with the potential to provide industry-changing insight.

The inaugural prize winners were announced at last year’s Property Awards with Adrian Tagg – a Chartered Building Surveyor and Associate Professor at the University of Reading – and Dan Hughes – Founder of Alpha Property Insight, LIQUID Real Estate Innovation and the RED Foundation – sharing the funding.

Read our news story to find out more about their winning research projects. We will be publishing their completed research soon.

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Get involved on social

Over the next few weeks, up to, including and after 15 October, we will be sharing Property Awards updates on our social media channels. Ensure you don’t miss out by following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram!

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Previous years


News story


‘What we learnt’ blog

Alumni of the Year nominees

Academic Excellence nominees


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‘Five things we learnt’ blog

Alumni of the Year nominees

Academic Excellence nominees


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Alumni of the Year nominees

Academic Excellence nominees


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