Judges

Here are our impeccably independent Judges, they are solely responsible for deciding all the Winners. They will give time to go through all the Finalists’ nominations with care.

Helen Da Costa

Director of enabling services, Coreus Group

Helen leads the enabling services division and is a board director at Coreus Group. She has over 15 years marketing and business management experience across a range of industries including aviation, manufacturing and most recently construction.  She has a demonstrated ability in developing creative communication strategies that deliver commercial results, with a specialist focus in Quantity Survey, Project Management and Sustainability Consultancy.

Helen is a member of the Women in Property Devon and Cornwall committee, the Exeter Construction Group committee and part of the steering group for the Leeds Business School ‘Adapting Office Spaces’ research project.

James McKechnie

National director, Hydrock

James is a consulting engineer, leading Hydrock’s Exeter presence and its national Transport Planning team, strategically advising developers, planning consultancies, architects, authorities and end users to help them bring forward a wide variety of development schemes.

James is well known for his overarching vision and meticulous technical analysis, drawing together engineering and wider design considerations as part of technical teams. James and his team have provided Transport Planning support for major planning applications across Exeter and the wider South West, as well as advice on Electric Vehicle infrastructure and designing for Autonomous Vehicles.

Louise Glanville

Head of Exeter city sales, Knight Frank

Louise Glanville has worked in real estate for the past 21 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Louise started her career in London within the property industry where she gained experience in prime lettings as well as residential sales and residential developments.

Louise moved back to Devon in 2014 and began working for a leading local agent before moving over to Knight Frank and heading up the Exeter City Sales Department where her role involves residential sales & developments. Louise is a partner and the office head of Knight Frank Exeter, from the office they cover Devon, Cornwall and part of Somerset.

Mark Newbery

Managing director, Sapphire Spaces

Mark has always been passionate about property and design.  As a child he grabbed any opportunity to work on building sites with his father and after leaving school continued his education in building and architectural studies.

Mark’s early career was spent selling property which progressed to building and renovation. Now he designs interior spaces for people doing the same which ticks every box – he gets to be creative and work on a wide range of exciting renovation, restoration and newbuild projects.

Toshiko Terazono

Lecturer in Architecture, Plymouth University

Toshiko Terazono is a lecturer and the BA Architecture Year 1 Leader at the University of Plymouth, while continuing to work in architectural practice as a consultant. She has worked on range of award-winning projects, including for the design of educational buildings, museums, office spaces and buildings, and public art installations.

Toshiko has worked both in the UK and overseas in Belgium, France, Japan and New Zealand. Her recent community-based education project (carried out with the University of Plymouth) was shortlisted for the RIBA MacEwen Award in 2020.