Government Property Awards 2022

Tuesday 11th October 2022

One Great George Street, Westminster SW1P 3AA

This is the flagship awards programme in government property, comprising developments and programmes from across the public sector. Categories cover collaboration, capability, sustainability and the coveted ‘Project of the Year’ award, among others. Applications for these prestigious awards come from every area of Government, and cover almost every area of the property profession and public service.

Attendance is by invitation only.

Award Categories

Tuesday 11th October, One Great George Street, Westminster SW1P 3AA

The Government Property Awards are to be presented on the afternoon of Tuesday 11th October and will provide a unique opportunity for property professionals from across the public sector to celebrate successes and to recognise individuals and teams who have made a real difference.

Capability Champion

A new award for 2022, for an an individual or team who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving skills, capability, and development of talent. The winning nomination could demonstrate how they have:

  • Identified a gap in current or future skills needs in their team, and designed a solution that engages colleagues in developing those skills
  • Builds professionalisation and/or specialist skills within the profession – helping to create property professionals who are experts in their field
  • Has been innovative in delivery – perhaps making use of virtual or social learning techniques to develop skills that can be applied quickly to the challenges faced


A team, individual, or organisation who has demonstrated innovation and ambition in collaboration, either between departments, with the wider public sector, or the property industry. The collaboration should lead to real results: improving the performance of the public estate, leading to improved service delivery. The winning nomination could demonstrate how they have:

  • Delivered real benefits, financial or otherwise, through the creation of new relationships and collaborations between organisations
  • Delivered improvements to the effectiveness of the public estate and public services through collaboration between organisations
  • Encouraged innovation and new models of delivery through collaboration

Customer Service

For the individual or team that can best demonstrate the highest level or greatest improvement of customer satisfaction for their property or professional service. The winning nomination could demonstrate how they have:

  • Built and maintained relationships with customers, commercial partners, and users in order to understand their needs particularly under difficult circumstances
  • Have deployed innovative and potentially digital solutions to increase understanding of customer needs and used this evidence to improve satisfaction of customers and wider users
  • Directly engaged customers and stakeholder as part of an improved service response, shared knowledge and levered benefits of their approach elsewhere


For a team, network or individual who have made a significant contribution to the diversity and inclusivity agenda within government property, helping the profession, across all sectors, become representative of the public we serve. The winning nomination could demonstrate how they have:

  • Acted as a role model in championing D&I issues from across public sector property/profession
  • Created an inclusive culture by challenging inequalities and barriers
  • Led initiatives to remove barriers and enable talented employees from underrepresented groups to realise their full potential and attract new talent
  • Played a leading role in collaborating with others to join up key stakeholders as part of workable solutions.


A new award for 2022, for a special individual who goes above and beyond to deliver outstanding results, working in a role or area which is often in the background but nonetheless vital to the success of the team or service. The criteria for this award are not prescriptive.

  • Judges will be looking to recognise an individual who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to their work, delivering important and positive outcomes
  • Someone whose outstanding work does not usually receive a high profile, and who is worthy of special recognition
  • Someone who is a huge asset to an organisation, whose work is essential to the operation of a service or the wider business

Lifetime Achievement

A new award for 2022, recognising working in Government Property for over 25 years. The award is designed to recognise a special individual who has delivered outstanding results in their government property career. The criteria for this award are not prescriptive.

  • To recognise an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to making a difference in Gov property.
  • Someone who has stood the test of time, with a track record of delivery, and who deserves special recognition for their career and achievements.
  • Please provide an overview of the nominee’s career throughout their time in the Civil Service, and include specific highlights of the nominee’s biggest and best achievements
  • Applications could also demonstrate why the nominee is invaluable to the Property Function.

One Team

For the team which has demonstrated exceptional collaborative working to achieve improved outcomes within government property. “One Team” for this Award can mean a formal structure within one organisation or a virtual structure across different organisations or functions. The winning nomination could demonstrate how they have:

  • Delivered tangible results through encouraging effective collaboration in their team
  • Developed processes that improve the sharing of knowledge and information in their team or department
  • Helped to build a greater insight and understanding of customers, users and colleagues by being more joined up

Project of the Year

An outstanding team, undertaking project that has contributed to excellence and improved outcomes in government property. The winning project may have utilised innovation or digital solutions for the projects requirements. The winning nomination could demonstrate how they have:

  • Made a significant improvement to government property, the building or building services that impact on the user, the wider public and/or the environment:
  • Delivered clearly defined benefits through encouraging effective working across sectors, managed and reviewed through the life cycle of the project
  • Clearly articulated the business case for the property change, demonstrating the continued justification of the project strategically

Rising Star x2

An individual in the first 5 years of their property career who has made outstanding contributions to their area of work; while maintaining progress in growing their knowledge, skills and experience. The winning nomination could demonstrate how they have:

  • Made a substantial achievement and the potential to succeed further in their career;
  • A passionate, driven and delivery focused individual who has excelled in their training and have gone above and beyond to support their team, department and function,
  • Maintained and grown a collaborative approach to their work, attempted something outside their comfort zone


An individual or team who demonstrate exceptional commitment to sustainability whether in their workplace or in their area of responsibility.
The winning nomination could demonstrate how they have:

  • Measured, monitored and reduced environmental impact within the organisation’s area of work
  • Levered innovation in the sustainability agenda beyond their own project potentially to different teams, organisations or sectors
  • Minimised or eradicated cost to the environment in terms of energy use or other resources through measurement, monitoring and intervention

Judges’ Choice x3

This category has no formal criteria but is drawn from all nominations of the categories above, considered from all the shortlisted entries excluding the winners of each category.

  • You cannot nominate for this award
  • The winners will be the nominations which best typify the ideals of the Government Property Profession as a leading innovative, inclusive, collaborative, robust and modern profession supporting the needs of the wider population
  • The panel of judges will decide on a winning individual and a winning team for the Judges’ Choice Awards

Speakers and Award Presenters

Tuesday 11th October 2022, One Great George Street, Westminster SW1P 3AA

Awards Host: Lara Newman, Chief Executive, LocatED

Lara has over 25 years’ experience in property and development. Having worked with many of the UK’s biggest landowners, agents and developers, Lara has held a number of strategic leadership and board positions.

Her experience of property deals and complex capital investment projects for government education capital programmes underpinned her determination to bring commercial insight and rigour the DfE’s free schools development programme.

Lara’s vision for LocatED has brought together a team of experts able to bring both experience and pace to the delivery of new schools. Under Lara’s leadership, LocatED has acquired 196 sites for schools, facilitated over 100,500 new school places, and in doing so, has driven savings of many millions of pounds for the public purse. Building on proven capacity and success, Lara is now expanding the scope of LocatED to provide development expertise further across the education estate, and other areas of the public sector.

Janet Young, Government Head of the Property Profession

Dr Janet Young was appointed Government Head of Property Profession in January 2022.

Janet is head of the Government Property Profession, the community of property professionals across government. She provides professional leadership across a diverse range of government departments and arms-length bodies which deliver the government’s property ambitions.

Janet is responsible for the Government Estate Strategy and the Government Property Functional Standard. The strategy sets out the government’s plans for a public sector estate for public benefit, ensuring it enables the best possible public services, is efficient and sustainable and supports the government’s levelling up ambitions. The Functional Standard sets expectations for how government property is acquired, managed and disposed of.

Janet is a chartered surveyor with over 25 years’ professional experience. She joined the Cabinet Office from the British Council, where she was Global Estates Director. Before joining the British Council, Janet was Director of Estates at the Ministry of Justice, and Head of Asset Management at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Janet has also worked for housing associations and local authorities.

Janet holds a PhD from University College London based on research into zero energy buildings. She is also a graduate of the Major Projects Leadership Academy at the University of Oxford. She grew up in Bradford and attended Tong Comprehensive School before moving to London to complete her first degree in English at University College London.

Mark Chivers, Government Chief Property Officer, Cabinet Office

Mark is responsible for providing senior, strategic leadership for the whole cross-government property function. He works with a wide range of senior stakeholders within government and in the wider public sector promoting the intelligent use of property to deliver better public services at lower cost to the taxpayer.

Mark provides strategic leadership for the Government Property Function, and holds senior leaders accountable to the Government Functional Standard. He leads on major change programmes, supporting the delivery of better and more integrated public services, overseeing – among others – the Places for Growth programme and supporting the Levelling Up agenda.

Hannah Evans, Director and Head of Central Government, Faithful+Gould

Hannah is an engaging and client orientated strategic leader who, for the last 15 years of her career, has focused her work to delivering value to the public purse within the Central Government sector.

Having worked with a variety of ministerial departments and Government agencies, Hannah has grown her network and excels in collaborating with the wider delivery team and stakeholders to ensure projects are delivered on time, in budget and against priority outcomes such MMC and Net Zero. Hannah’s solution focused approach and natural desire to help people has seen her flourish as an Account Lead and then Account Director. Hannah is now a mentor to other Account Managers, sharing her experiences, lessons learnt and insights towards future trends.

Hannah’s dedication to her clients matched with her technical knowledge has seen her develop a series of tools, the most notable of which is Faithful+Gould’s Construction Playbook Compliance Tool. This tool has been specifically developed for clients to help navigate their way to successfully delivering projects and programmes in alignment with the 14 polices set out in The Construction Playbook.

In addition to her Central Government role, Hannah champions our internal ADVANCE programme for future business leaders and has recently volunteered with the New Futures Network to support offender rehabilitation. Hannah is an inspirational leader and a driving energy force for any project she undertakes.

Gillian Charlesworth, Chief Executive, BRE

As BRE Group’s Chief Executive, Gillian is responsible for the organisation’s strategy and performance. She works closely with BRE Trustees and the Group Board to define purpose, vision and long-term goals.

Before joining BRE Group, Gillian was an Executive Director at RICS, where she held a number of roles covering assurance and enforcement of standards, global brand growth and thought leadership. She is passionate about the importance and potential of the built environment in creating sustainable, vibrant and productive life on the planet.

In her earlier career Gillian worked in the UK Civil service and with several professions and industries as a regulator and advocate. She promotes responsible leadership and one of her career highlights was being included in Women of the Future’s inaugural top 50 list of Kind Leaders in 2018.

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Award Sponsors

Sponsor of:

Government Property Sustainability Award

Sponsor of:

Inclusivity Award

Awards Timetable

Tuesday 11th October 2022, One Great George Street, Westminster SW1P 3AA

13:00 Awards ceremony opens, welcome from Chair

13:05 Introduction from Janet Young, Government Head of Property Profession

13:15 Award presentations begin

14:30 Afternoon tea and networking

15:00 Award presentations continue

15:50 Awards end, closing remarks from Chair

16:00 Event closes

Please note award presenters may be subject to change and timings are approximate

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