Judging Panel

The Judging Panel (which may be subject to change) is expected to comprise:


Timothy Wates

Director, Wates Group - Chair of Panel
Tim started his career at Cazenove & Co, prior to joining Wates Group. He is a Director of Wates Group, Chairs Wates Developments and the Wates Pension Fund and is Chairman of the Wates Family Council - the Family Shareholder forum. Tim's career in Wates has been mainly focused on housing with roles varying from heading Wates Estate Agency to running the Wates BES Rental Portfolio. He was also Managing Director of Wates Developments. He has a passion for housing, both from a business point of view and because of the benefits that good housing brings to society. He is Vice Chairman of the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and a Non-Executive Director of Tampopo Limited and Pedder Property. Tim is a Trustee of various Wates Family charities, a Director of the Clink Charity and a School Governor. He has an MBA from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Andy Hobart

Managing Director, Wates Living Space
Andy was previously Managing Director at Balfour Beatty Workplace, a £600m turnover support services business employing over 8,500 people. In this role and his previous role as Divisional Managing Director of Rentokil, he has extensive experience of dealing with Public Sector Clients. Andy has an excellent track record of strategic development, organic and acquisitive growth, operational excellence and client satisfaction. Andy joined Wates in December 2012.

Simon Allford

Director, AHMM, RIBA Adviser with Morag Tait, AHMM
From AHMM's base in London Simon leads a studio that works in England and internationally, engaging public and private clients in the exploration of a particular architecture's potential to offer delight as well as utility.

Simon works on a wide range of scales and typologies. Recent projects include Stratford residential master plan, The Angel, Tea and Yellow Buildings as well as Adelaide Wharf, the Saatchi Gallery and Chobham Academy.

He is currently working on the new Google HQ at KX, The White Collar Factory at City Road, a new tower on Blackfriars, three mixed use projects on Regent Street for the Crown Estate, an academic building for the University of Amsterdam as well as large urban scale projects in London and America.

Simon engages in the broader architectural discussion as a writer, critic, teacher, judge, advisor, trustee and commentator.

Nick Jopling

Executive Director Property, Grainger Plc
Nick joined Grainger plc in September 2010 as Executive Property Director from CB Richard Ellis where he was Executive Director and Head of Residential. Nick's responsibility covers Grainger's UK & German Residential portfolio and development division. Nick has broad experience in the residential property sector in the UK and abroad, including investment, development and the private rented sector, where his particular interest lies. Nick is also the chairman of the Urban Land Institute's UK Residential Product Council and sat on the Mayor's Housing Task Force as well as the Montague review.

Paul Tennant

Chief Executive, Orbit Housing
Paul is Group Chief Executive of Orbit, a federal group of housing organisations owning and managing over 37,000 homes. The "partners" within Orbit provide a wide range of housing, care and support services, build over 800 homes a year, and provide corporate support services to members of the Group's other housing associations.

Paul is a member of the NHF Board, Chairs the Risk and Audit Committee, is a Board member of HouseMark and President of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

His particular interests include increasing the quality and range of service offer of housing organisations and progressive business transformation alongside promoting ethics, professional standards and the values offer of our sector.

Crispin Kelly

Managing Director, Baylight
Born in 1956, Crispin Kelly took a first degree in Modern History at Oxford. He founded the development and investment company Baylight Properties in 1982, and went on to qualify as an architect, and has served as President of the Architectural Association.

His interests include what good design can offer the ordinary housebuyer, and he has contributed extensively to architectural magazines and broadsheets on topics ranging from art in public space to the qualities of successful suburbs, as well as judging numerous design awards.

Angela Brady

President of Royal Institute of British Architects (Sept. 2011 - 2013)
As President of RIBA Angela champions sustainable design and the value that quality architecture brings to our daily lives. She promotes the best of British Architecture and sustainable design on a world stage and speaks at conferences worldwide.

Well known as a TV broadcaster, with series such as 'The Home Show' and 'Building the Dream', Angela is passionate about bringing architecture to the public, so that we can all engage with our built environment. She is a regular debater and contributor to TV and radio shows on architecture.

Angela is a director of Brady Mallalieu Architects, an award winning private practice based in London since 1987 that specialise in contemporary sustainable design.

She is a past advisor to English Heritage, CABE and the LDA.

Angela Brady PRIBA, FRIAI, FRSA, PhD(hon).

Julia Davies, RIBA Competitions (observer) will attend the assessments to document the competition process and provide procedural support.

In the event of a Judging Panel member being unable to continue to act through illness or any other cause, Wates, in consultation with the RIBA, reserves the right to appoint an alternative Panel member.