Drama, deals and DNA at Young Norwood’s Property Awards Dinner

13 February 2020

The industry’s got talent

Drama, deals and DNA at Young Norwood’s Property Awards Dinner

Some of the biggest names in the UK property sector were recognised at the 14th YN Property Awards Dinner, held at the InterContinental London Park Lane on Tuesday 11 February. Awards presented included the Deal of the Year (won by Delancey, whose chairman and chief executive, Jamie Ritblat, put in a rare public appearance), as well as the Ones to Watch and Start-Up of the Year in the property sector.

Jamie Ritblat of Delancey receiving the Deal of the Year award from Ian Marcus, of Ian Marcus Consulting

The event, attended by more than 550 guest from across the industry, raised about £135,000 for Norwood, which provides a lifeline for families in crisis and lifelong support for people with learning disabilities and autism.

Introducing the evening, YN Property Committee co-chair David Jacobson told the crowd: “As members of Young Norwood, you are not just shaping the future of the property industry; you are shaping the future of this incredible charity that has been changing the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our community since 1795.”

From left: Elliot Baker (Joe’s dad), Eveanne Baker (Joe’s mum), Joseph Baker, Sarah Warren (Joe’s sister) and Norwood trustee and member of the Property Awards judging panel Gary Sacks

Guests heard about some of the outstanding work that Norwood does in the community in a speech from Eveanne Baker, who spoke about her son, Joseph, who has dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and social anxiety. “None of these things are obvious when you look at Joseph,” Eveanne told the room, “but we lived with them every day.

“Norwood saw these difficulties and, using the skills of so many people within the organisation, supported Joseph to turn his life around. We are so proud of him, but we are no less proud of the wonderful community of people who not only want to make themselves better, but also want to support other people who may need a little helping hand.”

Eveanne Baker, mother of Joseph, telling the audience how Norwood helped her son, in particular, and her family in general

The room-silencing effect of Eveanne’s speech was offset by a variety of events to warm the spirits: these included a mind-blowing mind-reading act from Britain’s Got Talent finalists DNA, an auction hosted by the night’s host, the television and radio personality Jonny Gould, in which one of the top lots was a signed photograph of Muhammad Ali (which raised more than £1,000) and, of course, the handing out of the much-coveted industry awards.

Mind-reading double-act DNA working their magic on the room

Full list of winners:

Deal of the Year

Jamie Ritblat – Delancey, for the £425 million acquisition of Earls Court

Commercial Agent of the Year (Sponsored by Peldon Rose)

Natasha Sidoli – ADS Real Estate

Property Company of the Year

Ben Henry – Fusion Students

Financier of the Year

Richard Fine and Daniel Uzan – Brotherton

One to Watch

Shain Shapiro – Sound Diplomacy

Property Start-Up of the Year (Sponsored by LiFE Residential)

Franz Doerr – Flatfair

Highly commended: Darren Zitren, Anthony Shaw and Henry Taylor – PropFit

To see more photographs from the evening, click here.

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