Judges

Amy Thomas

Senior land manager, Taylor Wimpey

A chartered surveyor, Amy has over 15 years’ experience in the South Wales property market and has a broad spectrum of experience, holding agency, consultant and valuation roles. She has held her position with PLC housebuilder, Taylor Wimpey for five years. Outside of work (and Covid restrictions) Amy can usually be found on various walks around the Vale of Glamorgan with her Irish terrier, Maeve, or plotting getaways with her husband Alex and friends. She is a voracious reader, with a not insignificant online shopping habit, a love of craft gin and she makes an excellent roulade.

Clare Jones

Founding director, Grasshopper Communications

Clare has more than fifteen years’ experience delivering communication campaigns for property, regeneration and infrastructure projects across Wales and England. Clare has particular experience of working on large-scale-urban extensions and major infrastructure projects, as well as within renewable energy and sustainable development.  Clare has been Chair of the South Wales branch of Women in Property for the last year (2020-2021), and is also a board member for the Optimised Retrofit pathway project that will see the decarbonisation of 1,370 homes across Wales.

Elinor Weekley

Director, Royal Society of Architects in Wales

Elinor joined the Royal Society of Architects in Wales as Director in October 2019. She is responsible for RSAW strategy, engagement with architects and stakeholders and the delivery of an effective series of events and initiatives to promote RSAW and its members. Elinor works with professional architects of the RIBA in Wales and leads a team based in Cardiff, to represent the voice of the architecture profession and the value of good design in Wales. Elinor has worked in the construction industry for over ten years.

Henry Brook

Sales director, Original Style

Henry has been with Original Style; a leading tile manufacturer and supplier for over eight years. His experience has seen him work alongside house builders, interior designers, architects and end consumers. He has recently been promoted to Sales Director, overseeing all sales channels for the business. With a degree in Business Retail, Henry has spearheaded the expansion of the company’s retail store presence. Cardiff will be Original Style’s latest new store opening.

Kathryn Roberts

Senior partner, Eversheds Sutherland

Kathryn is the Senior Partner of Eversheds Sutherland’s Cardiff office, one of Eversheds Sutherland’s 68 offices in 32 jurisdictions. She is also Office Location Head for the Cardiff Real Estate (170+ team) team which provides Investors, Corporate and Volume Real Estate services for some of the firm’s largest clients from our Financial Services, Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, Education, Public Sector, Diversified Industrials, Consumer and TMT sectors. Kathryn is also the Chair of CBI Wales.

Nathan Harrington

Brand manager, Hodge

Nathan sits as part of marketing leadership team at Hodge, joining the business in 2017. He brought a market lens and fresh perspectives to Hodge based on 15 years of marketing experience across financial services including Gocompare.com and Lloyds Bank. With responsibility for activating the Hodge brand internally and externally, his remit is to help guide the business in delivering on its commitments to its customers and stakeholders, demonstrating values of empathy, flexibility and expertise. Alongside, he oversees all charitable activity within the Hodge business, working with charity partners to support people in the moments that matter.

Richard Baker

Deputy director, Land Division, Welsh Government

Richard is a General Practice Chartered Surveyor by profession and took on the role as deputy director of the newly established Land Division within the Welsh Government in 2020. The Land Division has been established to bring a sharper focus and accelerate the development of public sector land for wider public policy benefit. Initially the main focus of the Division will be to promote joint working between public sector bodies and other partners to bring forward land suitable for residential development and support our work to increase the number of social homes we need to build across Wales.