B&C Awards 2021: Judges announced

25 March 2021

The judging panels for the Bridging & Commercial Awards 2021 have been revealed.

Two panels of industry experts — one formed of brokers, the other lenders — have been chosen to select the winners for 22 of the 24 award categories ahead of the ceremony on Wednesday, 6th October 2021.

Medianett will decide on the Outstanding Contribution and the Editor’s Choice awards.

The voting for the long list opened on 8th February and will close at midday on 31st May.

Both panels will then be asked to select their top nominees from a longlist in each category, to arrive at the official shortlist which will be published on Bridging & Commercial in the first week of June.

On 15th July, the judging panels will to decide who will be crowned B&C Awards 2021 winners, with brokers judging the lender categories and lenders determining the victors in the broker categories.

The winners will be revealed later in the year, during the awards ceremony at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham.

A full explanation of the awards process can be found here.

Who are the judges for 2021?

Broker panel

  • Rob Jupp (chair) — CEO, Brightstar

  • Claudine Reynolds — director, Blaise Commercial Finance

  • Amadeus Wilson —director and head of short-term lending, SPF Private Clients

  • Sam O’Neill — senior finance broker, Clifton Private Finance

  • Jordan McBriar — managing director, Adapt Finance

  • Jo Logan — short-term lending and development finance specialist, Brightstar

  • Aaron Noone — sales and operations director at Master Private Finance 

  • Alice Williams — director of commercial finance, Pilot Fish 

  • Andre Bartlett — director, Capital B Property Finance

  • Alasdair McPherson — head of partnerships, Rangewell

  • Marc Champ — property finance broker, Wharf Financial

  • Emma Ross — commercial manager, Watts Commercial Finance

  • Lucy Barrett — managing director, Vantage Finance

  • Piragash Sivanesan — founder, Totum Finance

  • Chris Oatway — owner and director, LDNfinance

Lender panel

  • Anita MacLean (chair) — director of strategy, Recognise Bank

  • Michael Grant — head of sales, West One 

  • Andy Gray — senior BDM, Ascot Bridging Finance

  • Samantha Emery — BDM, Glenhawk

  • Gavin Diamond — commercial director for bridging, United Trust Bank

  • Paresh Raja — CEO, Market Financial Solutions

  • Emily Machin — head of specialist finance, OSB Group

  • Alex Upton — commercial director, Hampshire Trust Bank

  • Asim Sherwani — chief commercial officer, Lendhub

  • Laleta Buctkuar — key account manager, Roma Finance

  • Sinead Moynihan — sales director, Hope Capital

  • Nick Baker — managing director for intermediaries, Allica Bank

  • Lenka Pajkosova — head of underwriting, MT Finance

  • Richard Deacon — sales director, Masthaven Bank

  • Mark Quigley — managing director of UK real estate finance, Beaufort Capital

Commenting ahead of the event, Rob said it was an honour to be asked to be chair of the broker panel.

“The last year has been very challenging, to say the least, but our industry has risen to the challenge, continuing the provision of vital property finance throughout this turbulent period.

“Any business that has maintained a focus on serving its customers while looking after the wellbeing of its people deserves recognition.

“It is going to be a very close call to identify the stand-out achievers.”

Anita added: “The past year has been very different from anything any of us in our industry have experienced before, and I have seen first-hand the way in which businesses have had to adapt in real time to these challenges.

“I very much look forward to being chair of the lender judging panel and seeing some of the innovative ways businesses in our sector have continued to deliver high quality service to their clients.”

Sinead commented: “It is an honour to have been asked to identify those in the specialist finance industry who have stood out over the last year and achieved a series of notable accomplishments, which has kept the market moving forward.

“After a 12-month period which no one could have predicted, it is fantastic we have an opportunity to ensure those who have gone above and beyond are rewarded and recognised for all their efforts.”