AIPP Awards 2008 – Independent judges named

02/07/2008

The AIPP has announced its panel of independent judges for the inaugural AIPP Awards, due to be presented on Friday 3rd October. 
 

‘We had a small list of target judges for our independent panel,’ explained Chief Executive Paul Owen. ‘We wanted a combination of property expertise and high professional standards as well as complete independence. Each judge individually has both and, as a team, their skills will be invaluable. We are pleased and flattered that nearly all asked have agreed to judge our awards, the first of their kind focused purely on customer service excellence.’ 
 
Christopher Hamer, the Ombudsman for Estate Agents, will chair the independent panel of judges. ‘In my view such awards contribute to higher standards of business operation and most importantly, customer service’ explained Hamer. ‘They give firms a target to aim for as being second, third or placed elsewhere one year will encourage a focus on being higher the next year. I am therefore pleased to act as Chairman of the panel of experienced individuals.’
 
Joining Hamer is Barry Gilbertson, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, who has quite a property CV to his name. President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) 2004-2005, Gilbertson is also a member of the Bank of England Property Committee and is Former Chair of the United Nations Real Estate Advisory Group Valuation Forum.
 
Discussing the AIPP Awards, he said, ‘In today’s highly competitive world, a key differentiator for business is customer service. These new awards give the best a chance to shine, but for the very best the chance to outshine their peers.’
 
John Coles is the third confirmed judge to sit on the independent judging panel. John is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and from 1970 to the late 1980s was a partner in a practice of surveyors based in the Midlands.  In the early 1990s John created the Evenbrook Group Limited which acquired residential investments and now has a portfolio of circa 1000 units across the UK. John sits on the British Property Federation’s Residential Investment Committee and has also served on the RICS Residential Investment Faculty. 
 
Fourth on the list of respected outsiders is Ashley Underwood QC. Ashley took silk in 2001 and has two main areas of work, Chancery / Commercial and Public Law. In the former sector, he has a wide range of clients from property developers through insolvency practitioners to major finance companies. He has acted for the local authorities in many major housing cases and has considerable experience of local government work.
 
‘We are genuinely proud of the judging panel and we expect to name a couple more to complete the list as well as announcing the industry experts we’re using,’ added Owen.
 
‘Even in these straitened times, interest in submitting entries to the AIPP Awards 2008 is high,’ Owen concluded. ‘The opportunity to win one of only 11 awards is, without doubt, commercially attractive. The credibility is evident in the judges we’ve announced and the process is completely transparent - we will provide every entrant with judges’ feedback on their entry. Feedback from industry experts and the sort of respected outsiders named above is probably worth the entry fee of £199 in its own right whether you win an award or not!’
 
The entry deadline for the AIPP Awards 2008 has been extended to Friday 11th July.

All entries should be sent to AIPP at St Clements House, 27-28 Clements Lane, London EC4N 7AE or awards@aipp.org.uk.
 
 

     

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