Our fantastic judging panel have a broad range of experience and interest in the affordable housing sector, including residents, independent industry business owners and housing provider employees.
Steve Walker was chief executive of AmicusHorizon between 2008 and 2012. He led AmicusHorizon to become one of the sectors best performers and won multiple awards. 2012 Awards include best UK Customer Experience award , CIOH Business Transformation and six HR excellence awards, including Most People Focussed Chief Executive.
For 20 years Steve was Chief Executive of Tower Homes, part of the L&Q Group. Tower became sector leaders in affordable home ownership, receiving three stars from the Audit Commission in 2007 and winning the Sunday Times Best Companies to work for award 2006. Tower also won Best of the Best at the Affordable Home Ownership Awards in 2006 and a plethora of awards for development, design, sales and marketing.
Steve was chair of the Home Ownership Advisory Panel, the London Home Ownership Group and a member of the governments Home Ownership Task Force. Steve was a key driver and influencer of government policy on affordable home ownership for over a decade.
Steve was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 Affordable Home Ownership Awards.
STEVE WALKER – HEAD JUDGE
Steve Walker Consultancy
Alan comes from a seafaring family near Gravesend, Kent; he decided at an early age to become an architect. He studied at King’s School in Rochester, and went on to obtain a first class honours diploma in architecture at the Canterbury School of Art.
Following academic research into colonial modernism and traditional building of West Africa, Alan helped found and run the School of Architecture at the University of Ife, for three years. Upon returning to the UK in the early 1980's, he helped found Avery Associates with Brian Avery. In 1984, he joined with Francis Machin to form Machin Camp Architects; the company then became Alan Camp Architects in 1993.
Alan Camp Architects
Jane is involved in various improvement groups to encourage best practice and to raise issues that relate to or affect residents. Jane started her involvement many years ago as chair of the residents’ association where she lived in order to rectify the lack of communication or representation regarding leaseholders, having decided to purchase her flat after many years as a tenant. Jane was then invited to sit on the Regional Executive Group (REG) South and eventually was voted onto the Customer Services Committee. Jane currently chairs the Leasehold Services Improvement Group (LSIG) and is a Digital Champion which involves teaching digital skills to older people. Jane believes that resident involvement is crucial and feels that it is important to encourage residents to get involved.
AHS is a leading, independent, affordable housing and regeneration advisor to Developers and Land Owners. Established in London in 2002, the company has followed the expansion of affordable housing practice and policy across the U.K.
Peter possesses a wealth of direct experience of developing large, mixed use, affordable housing projects over the last 20 years. He therefore knows the affordable housing terrain extremely well. His ability to bridge private and public sector issues is a central feature of Peter’s work.
Peter began his property career as Marketing Executive with Trust House Forte Hotels, and then transferred his stills to the residential sector in the 1980s. Peter later became Director of Development for a large London based RP; pioneering joint initiatives with private sector developers.
Immediately prior to establishing AHS Peter was Assistant Chief Executive of the Network Group. Peter is a Chartered Surveyor and Project Manager.Connect
Director, Affordable Housing Solutions
Alison has lived in a shared ownership flat for about 20 years, after moving up to London from Portsmouth for work. In spite of having had a house in Portsmouth for many years, Alison says there is no way she could have afforded anywhere decent to live in London, without taking advantage of a shared ownership scheme.
She has been generally very happy with the flat itself but has encountered a few problems on the estate as a whole. Some of this is due to poor estate design.
Her flat, and some of the houses on the estate, are run by Circle. After some attempts to participate in rectifying problems, Alison was asked to join Circle's Residents and Service Users Panel (RASP) which tries to scrutinise what is going on across the group.
Resident, Circle Anglia
Since joining Savills, Scott has been working on a number of high-profile regeneration schemes in London. He has extensive experience working both within the private and public sectors and has specific experience in working on large regeneration mixed use projects. He provides a range of planning and development services including planning and development strategy, site appraisals, planning policy review, planning applications and negotiations, planning appeals and S106 negotiations.
Recent projects include:
- Advising large scale estate regeneration schemes/masterplans in central London boroughs for both housebuilders and housing associations.
- Large scale mixed use scheme for up to 800 new dwellings in Royal Albert Docks in LB Newham.
- Currently advising on town centre and market redevelopment in LB Tower Hamlets for 700 new homes and commercial centre
- Large scale urban regeneration proposals in Haringey on behalf of housebuilders and housing associates.
- Large scale mixed-use project for 650+ new dwellings in Gravesham
- Small to medium high value residential conversions/developments in WCC
In addition, Scott benefits from public sector experience having previously worked for the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Southwark and Reading Borough Council. During his time at LB Tower Hamlets, Scott worked on a number of high profile projects including Goodmans Fields and News International. He was educated and trained in Australia where he has a degree in Town Planning and is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in the UK.
Director, Planning and Regeneration, Savills
Patrick Law spent nine years as director of corporate affairs at Barratt Developments, the country’s largest housebuilder, and was a member of the company Executive Committee. He had responsibility for public policy, media and investor relations as well employee communications.
Previously Patrick had a long career within the energy industry including director of the chief executive's office at Centrica, director of corporate affairs at British Gas and director of public affairs at Centrica.
He served seven years as a trustee of National Energy Action, the fuel poverty charity, including a year as chair. He has sat on a number of Government and industry working parties and advisory Boards.
Nick is marketing and communications manager at specialist affordable home ownership website Share to Buy. Having completed a masters in Urban Regeneration from the University of Birmingham, Nick began his career in the affordable home ownership sector by securing a place on L&Q’s esteemed graduate scheme. During his time at L&Q Nick worked in both the communications and marketing departments, until he joined Share to Buy in 2013. During his time at Share to Buy, Nick has helped successfully deliver the Mayor of London’s First Steps property portal and organises the twice yearly London Home Show, an event that attracts thousands of attendees and is established as the number one event for first time buyers in London.
Marketing and Communications Manager, Share to Buy
Established in 2011, Dominic McKenzie Architects(DMA) is an award winning practice based in Islington. Since starting the practice, DMA’s work has been frequently published in the UK and internationally. DMA’s project ‘Eidolon House’ was winner of ‘Best One off House below 2500 sqft’ at the 2014 Sunday Times British Homes Awards and was shortlisted for the 2015 Camden Design Awards.
Prior to starting Dominic McKenzie Architects, Dominic was a director at Alison Brooks Architects, where he was:
- Project Architect for the ABA portion of the ‘Accordia’ housing development in Cambridge - winner of the 2008 Stirling Prize
- Director/ Project Architect for the ‘Quarterhouse’ performing arts centre in Folkestone - winner of a 2009 RIBA Award and mid-listed for the 2009 Stirling Prize; Winner of Best Public Building at the 2010 Kent Design Awards
Dominic has acted as an independent senior design consultant for successful competition-winning housing projects. He has written about architecture for Wallpaper and Architecture Today. He has been a guest critic at Architectural Association and the University of Westminster schools of architecture in London and at the University of Miami in the United States. Between 2011 and 2014 he ran a Master of Architecture unit at Birmingham School of Architecture, where his group was highlighted as Standout Unit in the Architects Journal review of the year.
Dominic McKenzie Architects
Eight years ago at Savills, Peter set up and ran a Sales and Marketing Team specialising in regeneration, mixed use and mixed tenure projects. The team worked closely with Savills
Housing Division and focused on providing Development Services to Housing Associations and private clients not familiar with private residential development strategies. Specific expertise includes:
- Feasibility and viability assessments
- Market sensitivity and tenure flexibility checks
- Forensic attention to an optimised unit mix and sizes
- Specification design, costs and details
- Comparable activity and market research
- Marketing, media and social media agency interaction
- Estate management strategies
- International sale strategies
- Full on site sales resource
- Detailed and costed marketing budget management
Recent major regeneration projects where Peter managed development services, including sales and marketing strategies include Bermondsey Spa, SE1 (Hyde Housing), Woolwich Central, Love Lane, SE18 (Spenhill/Tesco) and Maiden Lane Estate, York Way NW1 (London Borough of Camden).
Louise leads the Garden Villages, Towns and Cities programme at the Homes and Communities agency, focused on delivering well-designed new Garden Communities across England. Louise was previously an Executive Director of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, responsible for the Corporation’s Strategic Planning, Communications and Development programme.
Louise is a Chartered Surveyor and Landscape Architect. She is an Ambassador for Harvard University, supporting the exchange of design and development innovation between academia and industry. Louise is a co-author of ‘The Harvard Guide to Shopping’. She is a Board Director of OPUN; a Built Environment Expert for Design Council Cabe and a member of the Academy of Urbanism.
Garden Villages, Towns and Cities, Homes and Communities Agency