BPF launches Tomorrow's Leaders' Awards 2017

1 Feb 2017

Policy area: Diversity and Inclusivity, BPF

The British Property Federation (BPF) launches today the Tomorrow’s Leaders’ Awards 2017 to find and celebrate the UK real estate industry’s rising stars.

The BPF is calling upon everyone in the industry to encourage and support those colleagues who have been working in real estate for 10 years or under to apply, using their proudest achievements as stand-out case studies, to the below award categories:

  • BPF Community Engagement Award
  • BPF Inclusivity Award
  • BPF Innovation Award
  • BPF Collaboration Award
  • BPF Rising Star Award

While the awards programme shines the spotlight on the industry’s exceptional young professionals and the impact they will have on safeguarding the real estate sector’s future success, it also addresses the need to further break down the barriers that young people, from a diverse range of backgrounds, face when trying to gain access to the industry.

The BPF also announces today this year’s judging panel, which will comprise:

  • Charlie Vaughan Lee, CEO, Student Cribs
  • Louisa Clarence-Smith, Reporter, Estates Gazette
  • Alison Nimmo, Chief Executive, The Crown Estate
  • Ian Marcus, Senior Advisor, Eastdil Secured and BPF Honorary Life Member

The awards are open to both BPF members and non-members and the deadline for submissions will be 8 April 2017. The winners of the awards will be announced at the BPF President’s Lunch on 23 May 2017.

Melanie Leech, Chief Executive of the British Property Federation, commented: “Our Tomorrow’s Leaders’ Awards celebrate the best characteristics of our industry and the values we aspire to – innovation, inclusivity, collaboration and engagement. We want to see nominations from right across the sector, and from every size of business. Identifying and nurturing talent is key to ensuring the industry can continue to thrive – and BPF’s Tomorrow’s Leaders’ Awards will be made to young professionals who deserve to be recognised for their outstanding contribution.”

Charlie Vaughan Lee, CEO of Student Cribs, added: “There’s talent across every level of the real estate industry, and recognising the achievements of our younger professionals is important if we want to be known as an industry that provides opportunity and progression.”

Louisa Clarence-Smith, Senior Reporter at Estates Gazette, said: “Without fresh thinking the property sector won’t be able to address the challenges of the 21st century. The Tomorrow’s Leaders’ Awards provide a platform to support new talent in property and reward successes which have not always received the recognition they deserved.”

Alison Nimmo, Chief Executive of The Crown Estate, said: “We must act now to build a sustainable and diverse pipeline of industry leaders for years to come, and the BPF’s Tomorrow’s Leaders’ Awards will not only allow us to celebrate this but also ensure it remains high on the wider industry’s agenda.”

Ian Marcus, BPF Honorary Life Member, said: “The real estate industry operates in an ever-changing environment, with businesses and people’s expectations of the places and buildings we create higher than they’ve ever been. In order to ensure real estate can respond to innovation across all sectors we consider clients of our industry, we must better recognise the significant value our younger professionals bring to their teams. The Tomorrow’s Leaders’ Awards bring this to life and I encourage all young professionals who are proud of particular achievements to apply.”