CoreNet Global's UK Chapter has announced the winners of its 2011 Annual Awards. Over 700 high fliers from across the spectrum of corporate real estate professionals gathered in the Royal Artillery Gardens at London's HAC to celebrate the best in the industry.
The role of honor is as follows:
1. Young Person's Essay Competition sponsored by Johnson Controls Global Workplace Solutions winner: Helen Casey from Legacy Portfolio.
2. Sustainability & Innovation sponsored by hurleypalmerflatt winner: Ruth Standring from Standard Chartered Bank.
3. Partnership of the Year winner: Cushman Wakefield and Wolseley.
4. Executive of the Year sponsored by SEGRO winner: John Killey of Citi Group.
5. Significant Contribution Award winner: Ginny Gibson from Henley Business School at the University of Reading.
6. President's Award winner: Tim Caiger.
Young Person's Essay Competition
Run in conjunction with Property Week and sponsored by Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions, this year's essay competition invited people under the age of 30 to write 500 words on one of three topics; the impact of lease liabilities on occupiers, the role of social media for occupiers and whether there is a need for more ethnic diversity in property.
Winner Helen Casey, who works for Legacy Portfolio, wrote a persuasive essay on the subject of 'Generation Twitter', in which she displayed that she clearly believes and practices what she talks about and included some 'top tips'.
Sustainability & Innovation
Sponsored by hurleypalmerflatt, this award recognizes a project, process or product bringing new ideas and fresh thinking to corporate real estate and workplace design.
Winner Ruth Standring from Standard Chartered Bank leads a team delivering up to 18% reduction in emissions in what is an industry-leading example of how to implement global sustainability, whilst recognizing portfolio scale and diversity. By focusing on local markets, Standard Chartered creates relevant sustainability solutions that make a real impact on the ground and continue to drive the environmental sustainability agenda in the many countries in which it operates.
Partnership of the Year
This award recognizes the increasing importance of not simply service provision but 'partnerships'. Collaborations which, through exceptional business practices and a solution-based approach, have exceeded the business expectations of their customers and benefited an organization's business model or profitability.
The winning partnership is Cushman Wakefield and building supplies firm Wolseley for 'Project Stuart', in which they implemented the first major outsourcing of a surplus UK lease portfolio in one single transaction. The project reduced gross liability and subte