Judges

Andy Smith

Group director of business development, Midas

With over 20 years at Midas, Andy leads business development at Midas Group.

Andy is a chartered builder, a graduate of civil engineering and has worked within the construction industry for around 35 years. He always puts the customer at the forefront within Midas Group, and the company continues to enjoy a high volume of negotiated and preferred work.

Satisfied customers that want to work with Midas Group repeatedly is his main motivator and driver within his role at Midas.

Carolyn Merrifield

President, RSAW and partner, Downs Merrfield Architects

Carolyn came to Cardiff to study Architecture at Cardiff University and stayed on afterwards to make the city her home. She was a director at both Burgess and Holder Mathias Architects before setting up her own practice with her husband Nic, Downs Merrifield architects.

The practice specialises in one-off houses, luxury apartments and hotels with a particular emphasis on sustainable design. In 2017, Carolyn was elected as the president of Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) for two years.

Ceri Hill

Owner, Chalkhouse Interiors

Ceri has been a kitchen designer for more than fifteen years but in 2013 she and her partner, Graham, decided to take a huge step, at the height of the recession, and started a handmade kitchen company, Chalkhouse Kitchens, in Cardiff.

Chalkhouse Kitchens recently won the Homes & Interiors category award at the prestigious 2019 Cardiff Life Awards.

Ceri is passionate about design and interiors, loves cooking for her family and is learning to speak Italian.

Jane Shankland

Director, Cooke & Arkwright

Jane Shankland is a Director at Cooke & Arkwright providing commercial property occupiers with specialist business rate advice including rate relief schemes, legislative changes, appeals submission, rate exemption issues, VOA negotiation and Valuation Tribunal representation.

She also advises a number of public sector clients on rating issues for their operational portfolios.

Jane graduated from Reading University in 1993 and has been with Cooke & Arkwright since 1994.

Jim Brook

Head of Relationship Team, Principality

Jim has worked in financial services in excess of 30 years, with NatWest and RBS, the latter period managing the corporate and commercial real estate team across the Midlands, South West and South Wales. Before that, he has undertaken a number of relationship manager and underwriting roles across both trading and real estate clients.

Jim joined Principality Commercial in 2016, and leads a team of relationship managers who look after a range of commercial property customers, with a key focus on customer service and ongoing development of the team to ensure they continue to support their customers and contribute to the wider society performance. Principality Commercial was recently awarded ‘Gold Standard in the Lending Market’ by an independent market research company Savanta.

Juliet Gamlin

Principal officer, Invest in Cardiff

Juliet is an experienced and skilled International Marketing and Foreign Direct Investment Manager who is actively delivering investment and new business into the Cardiff and the wider region. Juliet’s key focus is to attract and deliver major development and regeneration projects as part of the Invest in Cardiff team. Working alongside the Major Projects team, Planners, Developers and Investors in order to deliver high quality, passive designed, long term sustainable infrastructure for the City.

Prior to Juliet’s current senior management role, her responsibilities have covered managing a team of over 150 staff to deliver the cities goals and ambitions as a global event destination as well as keeping the city clean and delivering engineering projects city wide.

Matt Phillips

Partner, Knight Frank

Matt has been at Knight Frank for 20 years and specialises in Office Agency and Development Consultancy in addition to managing Knight Frank’s 25 person Cardiff operation. Knight Frank is regarded as one of the preeminent advisors in South Wales and is involved with a number of the flagship developments including Central Square, Capital Quarter and Cardiff Waterside. Matt is an Equity Partner of the Knight Frank global business and a board member of the UK Cities Board which is responsible for the UK offices outside of London.

Peter Hurn

Head of property, Hugh James

Peter heads up the fastest expanding real estate team in Wales. Recognised in The Legal 500 and Chambers UK as a leader in his field, Peter is a thorough, pragmatic lawyer with an excellent grasp of his clients’ business drivers and objectives. With 18 years of experience in commercial property, he is highly regarded in the market for his sector expertise, technical knowledge and commercial awareness.