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And the winner is...

Monday 15 May 2017

On Friday evening, Propertymark Qualifications held its annual awards ceremony to celebrate excellence in property industry qualifications achieved during 2016.

Most attendees did not know quite what to expect from the Propertymark Qualifications Awards, held at Le Meridien in London’s Piccadilly on 12 May. While many Propertymark events have lots of repeat attendees, those at the annual awards ceremony are generally learners who have qualified within the last year.

Decked in glamourous attire, shortlisted attendees from across lettings, sales, auctioneering and valuation, inventories and commercial sales came together with industry leaders committed to vocational learning to celebrate the hard work that ultimately provides the greatest benefit to our clients. Against a backdrop of chandeliers and a classical quartet, nerves were soothed by champagne and dinner.

Guests mingled over coffee before Paul Jager of sponsors MOL took the stage to host the formal awards ceremony and floored the crowd with the stat that 2653 qualifications had been achieved in the last 12 months.

Awards are also made to nominated winners of categories which reflect an exceptional individual or company wide commitment to learning. The ceremony is an opportunity for property professionals to come together to celebrate the importance of vocational education and to nurture future talent within the sector.

In total, 10 winners were awarded accolades, with judging for the nominated categories (Newcomer of the Year, Rising Star, Employer Champion, Learner of the Year and Lifelong Achievement) carried out by an esteemed panel holding a wealth of relevant experience.

Qualifications candidates of the year

The award for Commercial Candidate of the Year 2017 was presented by Mark Hayward, Chief Executive NAEA Propertymark to Christine James. Christine achieved the highest overall marks within Commercial qualifications in taking the Level 3 Technical Award in Commercial Property Agency.

Victoria Kenyon was awarded Auctioneering Candidate of the Year achieving the highest overall marks across property and chattels learning in Level 3 Technical Award in Real Property Auctioneering.

The winner of Inventory Candidate of the Year was made to Alex Barwick of Expert Inventories, a very popular winner in the room, Alex achieved the highest overall marks for Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Inventory Management and Practice.

During 2016, a total of 733 people achieved a Sales qualification across levels 2, 3 and 4 and their Scottish equivalents.

NAEA Propertymark President, David Mackie presented the award for Sales Candidate of the Year to Jenai Renton for achieving the highest overall marks for the Level 2 Award in Introduction to Sale of Residential Property.

2016 was a major year for lettings, with 1,835 people achieving a Residential Lettings or Tenancy Deposit Management qualification across levels 2, 3, 4 and their Scottish equivalents.

The Award for Lettings Candidate of the Year was presented by ARLA Propertymark President Nik Madden to Sara Hawkins for achieving the highest overall marks of the Level 4 Certificate in Residential Letting & Property Management.

Nominated categories

Hannah Bavin was awarded Newcomer of the Year; an award that recognises learners making their mark in the property industry. Since joining the property industry as a Letting Assistant, Hannah has enjoyed a rapid promotion to Property Management Advisor. Her positive attitude to learning and development saw her complete the level 4 Certificate within 14 months of enrolment.

This years winner of the Rising Star of the Year went to Christopher Wood. Christopher's desire to succeed and huge ambition has made an immense impact on his employer, Jason Williams in Flintshire.

John Pye & Sons took home the award for Employer Champion of the Year. With a commitment to learning and development, John Pye & Sons actively encourage new and existing members of staff to undertake industry related learning to enable them to enhance their understanding of their chosen career path.

Learner of the Year was awarded to 16 year old Callum Ellis, a student on the first centre-based Propertymark Qualifications course at Norwich College. Callum was unable to attend the event and a short film was shown of him being presented with his award earlier in the week.

The very first Lifelong Achievement Award went to former President of the NAEA and long-time member of the Propertymark Board Jan Hÿtch. Jan is a successful businesswoman and East Anglian estate agency icon, who is hugely passionate about the sector and equally about education and learning.

Mark Hayward, NAEA Propertymark Chief Executive said:

“The Propertymark Qualifications Awards are a key point in the year when the industry comes together to celebrate a commitment to education. This evening we have focused in on early career potential and outstanding achievement in lifelong learning. The right approach to education makes a good agent really stand out; fostering an appetite for learning and combining that with professional experience both in relation to individuals and embedded within the culture of a business. This year there have been candidates who achieved to an exceptionally high standard and some who have overcome adversity in their learning, I congratulate them all on their achievement. The industry has a lot to be proud of.”