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30th August 2020
Cardinus and FR Consultants Join Forces in New Alliance to Make Britain’s Buildings Safer

Leading risk management specialists Cardinus Risk Management have formed an alliance with UK’s top façade risk advisors FR Consultants to offer a complete solution to the UK’s crisis with façade combustibility, which has gained significant attention since the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June 2017.

As regulatory reform (through The Building Safety Bill and The Fire Safety Bill) strives to address issues that are present, those responsible for the management of buildings are having to undertake a process of checking the fire safety compliance of their properties and potentially commissioning remediation work.

As part of this process, Cardinus is identifying potential “at-risk” buildings and will now offer a wider EWS1 reporting service through FR Consultants who can also offer a full suite of services to achieve compliance.

Between the two technical partners, the entire process of ensuring Fire Safety can be covered:

Non-Destructive Fire Risk Assessments, Fire training, Fire Safety e-learning, Reinstatement Cost Assessments, Fire related Insurer surveys and consultancy and Building Health and safety Audits (undertaken by Cardinus Risk Management)

Destructive Fire Risk Assessments, Exterior Wall Systems survey (EWS1), Fire Engineering reports and assistance, Façade Surveys, Remedial Specification, Clerk of Works, Principle Designer, Budgeting Assistance and Lead Consultant services (offered by FR Consulting).

The combination will allow a complete service Freeholders, Landlords and Agents to get assistance to meet any fire safety compliance they may need.

“With legislation surrounding building safety evolving rapidly, Cardinus, as a BAFE GOLD assessor, and RICS accredited surveyor is delighted with this alliance with FR Consultants, who are one of only a few companies with the expertise in building façade fire safety. FR Consultants is respected and trusted in our industry, as safety is at the heart of everything we do. Rather than just seeing the process as a ‘tick-box’ exercise, between us we can offer consultancy and services tailored to each specific building, working closely with clients to help them with every step of their journey to compliance."

– Jamie Truscott AAIRSM, MD Property and Insurance, Cardinus Risk Management.

“We are pleased that, through our technical partnership with Cardinus, we can assist their large client base with our technical knowledge and at the same time widen our range of services to include Cardinus BAFE accredited Fire Risk Assessments.”

– Dorian Lawrence M.C.I.O.B C.Build E MCABE , MD, FR Consultants.

For more information on Cardinus’ fire safety expertise, or to learn more about the services FR Consultants provide, call 020 7469 0262 or email property@cardinus.com.

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29th August 2020
ForHousing Becomes First Social Landlord in the Country to Upgrade All of its High-Rise Homes to Ful
ForHousing Becomes First Social Landlord in the Country to Upgrade All of its High-Rise Homes to Ful

A partnership between ForHousing and Openreach is bringing gigabit capable broadband to 17,000 homes in Salford and Knowlsey, enabling tenants to become more digitally connected.

ForHousing, which is part of the ForViva Group owns and manages more than 24,000 homes across the North West, is having pure fibre connectivity – known as full fibre (Fibre to the Premise [FTTP]) - retro-fitted to all 17 of its high-rise blocks.

To date 12,000 homes have been fitted with full fibre with the rest being upgraded in the coming year.

At some point in the future, the copper network in the UK will be switched off, and homes will need to have full fibre to access broadband, in much the same way as analogue TV was switched off in favour of digital.

Openreach has been focussing on getting the UK ready for the full fibre upgrade, which will bring faster, more reliable connectivity along with greater choice for consumers.

Openreach is an open network so people aren’t tied to one communication provider so can shop around for the best deal for their own needs. ForHousing is also currently looking at fibre broadband products and packages which will be affordable for tenants.

Jenny Chapman, Group Director of Innovation and Excellence at ForViva, said: “Digital inclusion is key to improving wellbeing, fighting poverty, creating routes to work and enabling children to succeed in school. More than a third (37%) of those who are digitally excluded are social housing tenants.”

Having no access to the internet can lead to a ‘digital exclusion tax’ as people who can’t get online can’t get the best deals. This can equate to over £400 per year per household.

ForHousing, like much of the social housing sector, is moving towards providing housing services digitally and many Government services are now ‘digital by default’ including Universal Credit.

Jenny continued: “Providing services digitally is often more convenient and the growing expectation of many tenants who increasingly use digital channels elsewhere. They now expect their landlord to provide similar services. The cost of digital transactions is also significantly lower, which enables not for profit organisations to focus more resources where the need is greatest. We all have a lot to gain from helping people get online.”

Kim Mears OBE, Openreach’s Managing Director for Strategic Infrastructure Development, said: “By working collaboratively with ForHousing we’ve brought some of the UK’s fastest, most reliable broadband within reach of a further 12,000 homes in Salford and Knowsley, with thousands more set to follow. Due to wayleaves, and often disinterest by landlords, getting this new technology into apartments and high rise buildings can be a challenge. ForHousing understand the importance of ensuring their tenants have access to future proof broadband and have worked with us to overcome obstacles and make it happen. We want to replicate this across the UK. Work of this type is free of charge and our engineers don’t leave visible wiring, or need to access individual properties and, of course, they’re following all current Covid 19 guidance.”

Outside of the high-rise blocks, the rest of ForHousing’s homes will be fitted with fibre in the future.

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28th August 2020
New starters and Promotions Within the Fexco Property Services Group
New starters and Promotions Within the Fexco Property Services Group

Fexco Property Services is delighted to introduce our new Training Manager and announce two important promotions for key members of our Crabtree brand.

We welcome Kelly Banks as Training Manager, Kate Robinson becomes Associate Director – Operations and Hilton Grey becomes Associate Director - Property Management.

Across the Group we aim to consistently provide our clients and customers with top professionals. By creating these new roles we can use our resources more efficiently and work smarter to deliver the best level of service.

Kelly Banks MSc, MIRPM (Left)

Training Manager, Fexco Property Services

Kelly joins Fexco Property Services as Training Manager for the group. Kelly will be developing and administering a Property Management training programme to help individuals and groups develop their skills and knowledge within their role.

She has worked within Property Management for over 12 years, having fulfilled roles within the industry in Finance and has also been a Property Manager for over 7 years.

Kelly is a member of IRPM and also obtained a master’s degree in Property Management and Investment whilst working as a Property Manager.

Hilton Gray MIRPM and AssocRICS (Centre)

Associate Director – Property Management, Crabtree PM Limited

We are delighted to have Hilton return to Crabtree, he is an incredibly trusted and valuable team member.

A driven, team-focused Senior Manager with 11 years’ experience in the Property and Built Environment Sector, Hilton has a proven ability to achieve performance-based targets and to build, sustain and support successful teams.

Hilton has experience across both the private investor, development, and leasehold sectors, and has a distinctive flair for building long-lasting client and customer relationships.

In his new role as Associate Director of Property Management, Hilton will provide leadership to the property team, bringing a professional and creative approach to property management.

Kate Robinson MIRPM (Right)

Associate Director – Operations, Crabtree PM Limited

Kate has over 15 years’ experience within the Property Management market. Her primary focus has been managing large high-end residential developments, but also has experience within the mixed-use market.

Having worked within both management companies and client/development side enables Kate to have a full perspective of what is the appropriate customer service requirements and aims not only to provide this high level delivery to all clients and leaseholders but also to ensure that all team members working within Crabtree understand this requirement and manage accordingly.

In her new role as Associate Director of Operations Kate will be concentrating much more on process and procedure within Crabtree, using her considerable experience to identify better ways to operate within the business.

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27th August 2020
Glasgow Tech Firm Launches New App for Factors and Block Managers as it Celebrates 10 Years in Busin
Glasgow Tech Firm Launches New App for Factors and Block Managers as it Celebrates 10 Years in Busin

Glasgow-based CPL Software, which produces software solutions for the property factor and block management sectors, has launched an industry first with its innovative Blockworx app that allows property factors and block managers to communicate with contractors, and organise repairs and maintenance easily and quickly.

Representing a £150,000 investment for the company and 18 months in the planning, Blockworx – which went live on Monday – connects contractors to property factors electronically, saving time and money. Brian Welsh, managing director of CPL (pictured), founded the company in 2010 following a management buyout. He said: “This is the latest in a series of innovations that has seen us build innovative technologies to streamline and digitise a market that has been manually labour intensive.

“Back in 2015, we introduced a client portal and app to enable factors to communicate electronically with their clients, view invoices and make payments. Blockworx now allows factors to communicate with contractors and further digitises the sector.”

CPL’s software technology arm, designed by its team based in Southampton, manages just over 320,000 properties via a growing client base. Mr Welsh said: “Property factoring has undergone a huge transformation in digitisation and automation across the last decade with CPL Software at the forefront of this change.

“The property factoring industry is complex because businesses must carefully manage the needs of homeowners while working with contractors on a daily basis,” he added. “Our success lies in the fact that we have developed our software over the last 10 years to offer solutions which have often led to the development of other industry-leading developments.”

CPL has maintained service levels during the coronavirus pandemic. “With Blockworx launching at the same time as the pandemic hit, it has shown just how important technology is in our sector,” said Mr Welsh, who believes that technology will play an even bigger role in helping property managers and block managers work effectively in the future.

Over the last 10 years, the team has grown from three in 2010 to 15. Mr Welsh added: “We will continue to focus on enhancing efficiencies for our clients and providing more joined-up electronic communication methods throughout the factoring and block management space.

“Getting through the pandemic has been a challenge for the team and me but we have learned a lot. This is still an exciting time for us and we are looking forward to growing the business over the next 10 years and beyond.”

About CPL Software

CPL Software was established in April 2010 with offices in the west end of Glasgow and Southampton. CPL Software designs and produces software solutions for the property factoring and block management industries. There are about 650,000 units in Scotland factored by 400 companies – approximately 350,000 units are managed by private factors and 300,000 by housing associations and councils. CPL works mainly with private factoring firms and power about 90% of that market.

Sister company, INSPCT Ltd, launched in 2019 offering a flexible, bespoke reporting app for property factors, block managers construction, contractors and letting agents. The company supports the PMAS (Property Managers Association Scotland) in and is an associate member of ARMA (Association of Residential Property Managers) in England and Wales.

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4th August 2020
New IRPM white paper: how data is transforming customer service in the property sector
New IRPM white paper: how data is transforming customer service in the property sector

 Like all UK industries, property is impacted by COVID-19 and the effect of the gradual lifting of lockdown on the way it works. But despite this ‘new normal’, we cannot ignore our sector’s other key issues. For property managers, the pandemic has elevated customer service to prime position and technology is now key to the ways in which our customers’ property journey can be enabled and enhanced. 

In response, today the Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM) publishes the fourth part of its 2020 Tech Insight programme. Consumer experience counts: how data is transforming the customer’s property journey is a white paper focusing on the ways in which technology can support the transition of property management from a mainly technical operation to a far more customer-facing business, while at the same time empowering residents and promoting their wellbeing. 

The IRPM brought together a group of leading industry experts to discuss the way in which digital solutions can be used to communicate with and provide more carefully tailored services to customers. Property managers must rapidly become more consumer-focused and building management services must be moved up the value chain via carefully considered use of technology. If this isn’t clearly demonstrated to the customer, there is an increased risk that roles will be replaced by AI.

The white paper captures this conversation, highlighting the challenges now being faced and sets out next steps for the property management profession.

Key points are that:

  • Two-way communication and transparency of information are central to building trust and meeting consumer needs.
  • Effective use of the digital toolkit to power-up service levels is likely to be one of the future benchmarks against which the value of property management services will be measured.
  • Having a coherent and cohesive vision for the future across the sector is crucial. 

To address these challenges, the paper pinpoints the need for:

  • Cross-industry collaboration to identify the actions required to promote transparency and inter-operability of the platforms we use.
  • Property industry professionals to come together to protect customers’ data and create effective standards to govern the way we operate.
  • Improved communication channels to find out what customers, managers and regulators want from technology and work collaboratively with providers to deliver the right solutions.

Launching the White Paper today, Andrew Bulmer, CEO of IRPM said: “These discussions and white papers are intended to kick-start the conversation on how technology is already impacting residential building management services and how the sector will capture the best possible outcomes from future changes coming towards us. Customers are now benchmarking their customer service expectations against Amazon, Google and Netflix. These businesses are built around the customer experience and property management services will follow suit.  

Read the whitepaper here

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31st July 2020
The Leasehold Group warns fight for leasehold reform is not over as new laws may be “several years”

The Leasehold Group of Companies has said the Law Commission’s recommendations for enfranchisement reform could pave the way for a comprehensive overhaul of the leasehold system but has cautioned that the fight for reform is not over and any legislation is still several years away. 

The Law Commission published its long-awaited report on leasehold enfranchisement reform (“Leasehold home ownership: buying your freehold or extending your lease”) on 21 July 2020. Spanning 860 pages, the report offers more than 100 recommendations on enfranchisement reform for the Government to consider. 

Belinda Walkinshaw, Managing Partner of Leasehold Law (part of the Leasehold Group), said: "We have taken time to digest the Law Commission’s recommendations and its comprehensive analysis of the inconsistencies and unfair aspects of the existing law, which have denied leaseholders the opportunity to purchase their freeholds or extend their leases for many decades.”  

“Leasehold reform is a complex process, and we expect it may be several years before any of these recommendations become law. The fight is far from over and there is no guarantee that the outcome of this process will deliver the reforms needed to make the property market fair for leaseholders.  

It is very important to stress that although the Law Commission’s report is the result of a very extensive consultation process, it is only a set of recommendations. These proposals are not law, and the next step will be for the Government to decide which recommendations to put forward to Parliament as a draft bill. 

“We now call on the Government to fulfil its promise to make extending a lease or purchasing a freehold ‘much easier, faster and cheaper’. It is essential that decision makers reform the law as quickly and effectively as possible, as any protracted delay will only work against leaseholders.” 

Following its review of The Law Commission’s report, The Leasehold Group notes several key recommendations, which it says would significantly strengthen leaseholders’ rights: 

 Lease extensions 

  • Abolishing the requirement for leaseholders to own their flat for two years before they can apply to purchase the freehold will enable leaseholders to enfranchise immediately and reduce the potential for the freehold to be sold on to other investors during the initial two-year period. 
  • Increasing the term from an additional 90 years to a new term of 990 years will save leaseholders the considerable cost of repeatedly extending short leases. 
  • Restricting non-statutory lease extensions to only include the same (or very similar) terms as the existing lease will deny a landlord the opportunity to introduce new onerous provisions into the lease terms. 
  • Buying out the ground rent under the existing lease will provide a cheaper alternative to paying the premium for a lease extension and free leaseholders from the ongoing responsibility to pay ground rent, especially where they already have relatively long leases and so don’t require an extension of the term but have onerous ground rent provisions. 

 

Belinda continued: “The Law Commission’s recommendations in relation to leaseholders’ rights to extend their lease would provide welcome opportunities for leaseholders to take back control of their properties, should they eventually make it into law.  

“However, we caution any leaseholder whose lease is approaching the 80-year mark not to rely on the Law Commission report and wait for any reforms, but to move swiftly to extend their lease now, as the cost to extend their lease will skyrocket once it falls below 80 years.” 

Freehold purchases 

  • Raising the non-residential use threshold from 25% to 50% will enable enfranchisement by leaseholders who were previously excluded and bring the law in line with the right of first refusal enjoyed by the majority of residential leaseholders under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 when the freeholder wants to sell. 
  • Removing the resident landlord exclusion which many landlords rely upon to deny leaseholders’ rights will enable more leaseholders to apply for the Right to Manage. 
  • Including live/work units (which will only become more prevalent in a society of remote working) and shared ownership leases will enable enfranchisement by leaseholders who were previously unable to by their freehold under existing laws. 
  • Removing the charitable housing trust landlord exemption, given that the grant of a residential long lease is a commercial enterprise, and often freeholders may have charitable status but remain under an obligation to get the best possible price and so can hold their tenants to ransom if they wish to extend their leases or purchase their freeholds.  

A number of key recommendations will also improve the enfranchisement process, including: 

  • Introducing a single set of prescribed Notices for both lease extensions and freehold purchases for flats and houses to ensure consistency and make the process clearer for all parties involved. 
  • Limiting the pitfalls and trappings which prevent leaseholders from progressing their claims such as removing the requirement for two years ownership and limiting the ability for the landlord to modify the lease, even when the extension is agreed on a voluntary basis. 
  • Allowing claims to be transferred to the leaseholder automatically on assignment of the lease, which will reduce the complexity of the enfranchisement process.  

Belinda concluded: “We are delighted that the strenuous and continual efforts of The Leasehold Group, and the many other campaigners who fight passionately for the rights of residential leaseholders, have caught the Government’s attention and moved leasehold reform up the political agenda.  

“It is now essential that we keep up the pressure on Government, to ensure leaseholders’ views are represented throughout the legislative process.” 

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30th July 2020
Principle Estate Management still growing as Adam Jones joins in key role

Principle Estate Management, the UK’s fastest growing residential management company, has made another key appointment as the business continues to expand.

Adam Jones joins as business integration and asset manager as Principle continues to add to its team. He is Principle’s fifth recruit in 2020, taking total numbers to 22, including three consultants.

Mr Jones is an Associate of the Institute of Residential Property Management.

Joe Jobson, director at Principle Estate Management, said: “We know Adam from a previous role at CPBigwood where we worked together 

“His timing in approaching us was perfect as there are not many with his experience in this niche part of our sector.

“The person we were seeking has to be thorough, organised, communicative, and have a wide knowledge of buildings and leases in order to ensure we are set up right first time when we take a new estate into management and be able to hand over all relevant information to the property manager to ensure a smooth transition.

“We know he is all these things, and he is also experienced in using Qube, the bespoke property management package we utilise to ensure all our data is constantly updated.”

Adam Jones said: “The chance to join Principle Estate Management at this stage in the firm’s amazing growth story was too good to miss. I know the managing director Brett Williams and Joe Jobson from having worked with them previously.

“I was educated at South & City College Birmingham, I live here and am married with a one-year-old child, so Principle is right on my doorstep and its central location means it is ideally placed to service our clients in any part of the UK.”

Mr Jobson said: “Adam’s role will involve a full on-site inspection of our new developments under management in order to cross check information provided by previous agents. We use a special version of a site survey report that we have actually written ourselves to use on the Qube site survey app.

“Ultimately, he wants to gain an insight into a property manager role so we will train him and help him build his portfolio as we continue to grow. Business integration is a great grounding for property management as you learn a lot of technical skills.”

His appointment comes as Principle promotes Holly Cox, who joined the firm as an apprentice in February 2020, into a property assistant role in the customer services team. Esme Williams will be working with Adam Jones as business integration assistant 

Now in its third year, Principle Estate Management has tripled in size in the last 12 months, with the number of units it looks after rising from just under 2,000 to 6,000. Staff numbers have risen from seven to 22 in little over a year.

The company’s growing portfolio of properties now totals 5,803 units in 234 developments spread across the Midlands and in all nine English regions including across London, plus more in Wales 

Principle Estate Management was launched in 2018 by Mr Williams, the former head of residential property management at CPBigwood in Birmingham, and a past-chairman of ARMA.

The company is based at Cornwall House in Lionel Street, Birmingham, and offers a national property management service.

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17th July 2020
The Results Are In For This Years Property Management 50!
The Results Are In For This Years Property Management 50!

The PM50 awards were created in 2019 to provide a platform for recognition and celebration in what can be a largely thankless industry. The hope is that the awards will help to acknowledge the incredible dedication that has been shown in the face of the pandemic as well as recognising the hard work that has gone on earlier in the year.

The awards span 6 categories to allow for industry-wide acknowledgement with titles available for Property Managers, Influencers, Build to Rent (new for 2020), Rising Stars, Suppliers and out and out Legends. Property management is a team effort and we believe all those involved should have the opportunity to shine for the work they do in improving the lives of leaseholders up and down the country.

Over 450 nominations poured in throughout May and June so our judges, all of whom were winners in last year’s awards, had quite a task on their hands! We’re so grateful for their input and for fitting this responsibility in around their very busy schedules:

- Jonathan Channing, Director of JC Property Consultancy (Influencer, 2019)
- Beth Lancaster, Senior Property Manager at FirstPort (Property Manager, 2019)
- Matthew Lewis, Partner & Head of Residential Leasehold Property at Coles Miller Solicitors LLP (Rising Star, 2019)
- Colin Stokes, Managing Director, Adiuvo (Supplier, 2019)
- Brett Williams, Managing Director at Principle Estate Management (Legend, 2019)

Of course, the awards also couldn’t happen without this year’s fellow sponsors; Property Management Recruitment and Be Original. Two of the driving forces behind the awards, Rebecca Kelly and Mark Allen, give us their input below:

“I’m so happy with the response we’ve received to the awards. We’re only in our second year and the support that we’ve felt from the industry has been immense. I’ve loved reading through all the nominations- it’s given me a great feeling of what’s to come for the industry and evidenced the dedication and resilience shown in the face of the pandemic. I couldn’t be happier to announce the winners- they are all so deserving of their awards.” Rebecca Kelly, Head of Partnerships at Flat Living and Founder of Be Original.

“I want to personally thank everyone who’s taken the time to nominate their peers, colleagues and competitors for this year’s awards. It’s clear that the industry is coming together and acknowledging hard work across the board. I don’t envy the judges having to pick just 50 names from the 400 or so that I’ve seen- all of whom seem deserving of recognition in their field.” Mark Allen, Director of Operations at Property Management Recruitment and New Business at VERTO HR.

Another 50 of our industry’s best and brightest have now been awarded for their amazing efforts over the past year and you can find out the results here

A huge congratulations to all of our winners!

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26th May 2020
New IRPM White Paper: How Digitisation is Impacting Our Residential Buildings
New IRPM White Paper: How Digitisation is Impacting Our Residential Buildings

Like all UK industries, property is impacted by COVID-19 and the effect of the lockdown on the way it works. But despite this ‘new normal’, we cannot ignore our sector’s other key issues. The use of building technology is changing the way we live. In the last decade we have seen a revolution in technology; in particular the way in which data influences our daily lives. It is increasingly being used by stakeholders across the property sector to inform decision-making and digitise both information flow and transactional business.

In response, today the Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM) publishes the second part of its 2020 Tech Insight programme. Making the right connections: the impact of technology on building management is a white paper highlighting the key issues raised by the impact of technology on the way our buildings are built and managed. From building management systems to resident portals and from repair reporting to the internet of things, there is a myriad of ways in which technology can be used to improve the pace and quality of service delivery.

The IRPM brought together a group of leading industry experts to discuss the impact of data and advances in building technology on the management of residential blocks. The white paper captures this conversation, highlighting the technological challenges for the sector and sets out next steps for the property management profession.

Key points are that:

  • Assets that are digitised will yield higher values.
  • A cultural shift is needed if the property management sector is to reap the benefits of digitisation – and in turn deliver value for residents.
  • If property managers can effectively harness the data they hold and use it to drive innovative customer-facing products, in future this will act as a differentiator between technical competence and technical excellence.

To address these challenges, the paper pinpoints the need for:

  • A platform for tech and software providers to communicate with the property industry.
  • Cross-industry collaboration to determine what is needed by operators and occupiers and avoid development of unsuitable and ineffective solutions.
  • Government intervention to unleash the potential of this market segment.

Launching the White Paper today, Andrew Bulmer, CEO of IRPM said: “These discussions and white papers are pivotal to start the conversation around the ways in which technology is already impacting our residential buildings and will change the way they are built and managed in the years to come.”

Please click here to download the full white paper.

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1st May 2020
The 2020 Property Management 50 - Nominations open
The 2020 Property Management 50 - Nominations open

The Property Management 50 Awards are back for 2020 and we couldn’t be more excited!

Last year’s awards were a huge success with 50 of the best property management professionals being duly rewarded for their talent, hard work and determination to drive our industry forward.

This year, the industry has evolved and changed as it always does- ours’ is an ever-changing landscape. But this year we’ve also faced another common challenge. With the pandemic comes wide-spread disruption to our usual ways of working. Industry members have had to adapt and roll with the times to ensure the service they provide is upheld while holding their companies, teams and positive mindsets together.

It’s been a tough task for most people, which is all the more reason to celebrate the success stories, encourage the newcomers and acknowledge the steadfast leaders we all turn to time and again- PM50 aims to do just that.

Who’s Involved?

This year, the awards are brought to you by Be Original, Property Management Recruitment and Flat Living. Their teams have come together and nominated the people that stand out to them- this list will be joined by the industry’s nominations before being passed to this year’s judges who are five of last year’s winners.

The Judges:

Jonathan Channing, Director of JC Property Consultancy
Jonathan is a consultant with over 20 years’ property management experience. He’s a fellow of the IRPM, an Associate of the RICS and Honorary Consultant to FoPRA and won a PM50 Influencer award last year.

Beth Lancaster, Senior Property Manager at FirstPort
Beth began her property management career in Dubai in 1998 and became a Senior Property Manager with FirstPort in 2005. She’s MIRPM qualified and a won a Property Manager award in 2019’s PM50.

Matthew Lewis, Partner & Head of Residential Leasehold Property at Coles Miller Solicitors LLP
Matthew is a member of ALEP and IRPM as well as an Honorary Consultant for the FPRA. He is a founding member/owner of Leasehold Management Professionals, was Highly Commended within the Young Professional of the Year category at last year’s ERMAs and won a PM50 Rising Star award in 2019.

Colin Stokes, Managing Director, Adiuvo
Colin was a block manager in a previous life and, 11 years ago, founded Adiuvo to provide specialist out of hours support for the property sector. He is a proponent of Proptech and won a Supplier award in last year’s PM50.

Brett Williams, Managing Director at Principle Estate Management
Brett qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1994 and was Chairman of ARMA for three years until 2010, having been involved in other committees within ARMA since 1999. Having led CPBigwood’s residential management department until its sale in 2015, Brett took a break before setting up Principle Estate Management in June 2018 with fellow Director, Joe Jobson. Brett won a coveted Legends award at last year’s PM50.
How It Works

Nominations are open from the 1st May to the 26th June and the entry form has been kept short and sweet- we know how time-poor property management professionals are! Just enter some basic details about yourself and the person you’re nominating before giving us an outline of why you think your nominee is deserving of an award- it doesn’t need to be an essay or written in a formal way at all, just a few sentences about why they stand out to you.

From there, our judges will take over. They’ll have a specific score sheet for each category as well as an over-arching list of criteria for all nominees. Their choices will be handed over to the Be Original team to be collated and will be kept completely anonymous. Our 50 winners will be announced on the 17th July 2020.

We hope the awards will act as something for everyone to look forward to and will help to acknowledge the incredible dedication being shown in the face of the pandemic as well as recognising the hard work that has gone on in more stable times earlier in the year.

Key dates for your diary:

Nominations are open from 1st May to 26th June
Winners will be announced on the 17th July

Nominate here 

 

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