Oxford Brookes student to represent South East in national property competition

Monday, 26 August 2015

Oxford Brookes student to represent South East in national property competition

An Oxford Brookes student is to represent the South East Region in a prestigious national property competition. Angharad (Harri) John studying Real Estate Management, competed against eight other students studying on built environment degree courses, to win the regional heat of the ninth Association of Women in Property (WiP) National Student Awards.

She will now go through to the national final at Claridge’s in London, on 22nd September when she will compete against ten other young women from across the UK. Harri is one of three students who will represent the large South East region.

Samantha Hook, Chairman of the South East branch of WiP and Real Estate Finance Partner at Howard Kennedy, congratulated Harri on her win, saying, “ We are very proud of our three winners, Harri John, Lily Webb and Niralee Casson. They are very impressive young ladies who have all done incredibly well to get this far. These Awards challenge all of the entrants to think hard about the field they are going to be working in and we look forward to seeing the impact these individuals will have on the built environment in their chosen fields.

“We carefully select our judges from different property disciplines, ensuring they appreciate that these young women are the future of the industry. The South East branch of Women in Property wishes Harri, Lily and Niralee every success in the national Final. We know they will do the South East Region proud.”

Lottie Tolman of DTZ, a great supporter of the Awards, said “A fantastic day of bright young talent and plenty of enthusiasm. I have been blown away by some of the work that is being produced by university age students. Their commitment to the built environment and knowledge of the commercial property market is a credit to them and marks an exciting time for the high quality of graduates coming into the industry over the coming years.”

Harri, who receives a cheque for £300 and a trophy, said, “I was delighted to have been nominated for this award. It has been an amazing experience so far, and I have had the opportunity to meet many inspiring women in the industry and this competition has already opened many doors for me. I would like to thank the judges for believing in me and putting me forward to the final round. It’s been a fantastic experience and I don’t want it to stop. I’ve learned a great deal and am looking forward to the final.”

In addition to Harri there were 22 other regional finalists, all of whom were nominated by their Universities. They were invited to go before a judging panel of industry experts, where they were questioned on a piece of coursework and topical industry issues.

Other finalises from Oxford Brookes were:

  • Alexandra Higgin (City & Regional Planning)
  • Alice Howland (Architecture)
  • Angharad John (Real Estate Management)
  • Shannon Johns (Planning & Property Development)
  • Sophie Thompson (Interior Architecture)
  • Robyn Tobutt (City & Regional Planning)
  • Martyna Wierzbicka (Construction Project Management)

The national ‘Best of Best’ black tie dinner will be held at Claridge’s on Tuesday 22nd September 2015.

For more information visit www.womeninproperty.org.uk