Place 100, 2010

A unique rundown of the most powerful and influential private sector players in the region. In association with Experian Corpfin, Hill Dickinson and Roland Dransfield PR.

Several are newcomers to the list and were voted straight into the higher reaches of the rankings after making a significant contribution in the past 12 months to the region's property scene and showing enormous potential for 2011. But are there any changes at the very top? Read on to find out.


Place 100, 2010: 1-15

Place 100, 2010: 16-30

Place 100, 2010: 31 to 100 A-E

Place 100, 2010: 31 to 100 F-L

Place 100, 2010: 31 to 100 M-Z

The judges for this year's Place 100:

  • Paul Unger, editor, Place North West,
  • Rita Waters, chief executive, Chester Renaissance
  • Karen Hurst, development director, Central Salford urban regeneration
  • Andrew Thomas, chief executive, Centre for Construction Innovation North West
  • Mike Hollows, head of land and property for Greater Manchester, North West Development Agency

Among the criteria for inclusion, judges took into account performance during the year, quality of product, impact on the built environment, current activity levels, response to the market and asset size.

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There are only 3 women in this list of 100 this represents only 3%. I wonder were not many women considered for this award? surely the NW has more influential women than this!!!

By amazed

Amazed, thank you for your feedback. The issue of women in the property is something that Place takes very seriously and we are a keen supporter of the North West branches of the national Women in Property organisation. The chairman Lisa Raynes reported from the recent national WiP awards and we actively market their events.

Two of the five judges of the Place 100 list are women, as shown above.

There are actually four women on the list, two of those in the top 30 and one is at number two. The four are Michelle Taylor, Hazel Rounding, Sarah Whitney, Lynda Shillaw. This 4% showing is poor but reflects the problem in the wider professional community. By comparison, the FTSE 100 boards have 12.5% female directors.

We are always open to suggestions for how to improve coverage and welcome your ideas for editorial or events around this subject.

By Ed

Why would the sex of the individuals be an issue? The people that make the top 100 have done so through merit and achievement, regardless of their sex and indeed race, age, weight, height, hair colour or any other physical characteristic! If a woman wants to make the top 100, all she has to do is be more influential than the person in 100th place. Well done to all of the 100…

By FunkyGibbon

I agree with the Funky Gibbon. Interestingly I note that retail sales have been holding up well considering the current economic woes… anyway linked or otherwise if these girls were to do a bit less shopping and did a bit more work then perhaps we might get a few more in the top 100. I suspect the top 100 retail spenders in the North West would all be female so take comfort in those stats…

By unamazed

OH god here we go again, the usual crass comments…. Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose. Maybe women just don’t want to play the daft games you have to play to get there. Hopefully we can change the rules soon, change the ethos in the offices and boardrooms and thankfully there are some extremely supportive men who totally get where the problem lies….and some amazing women willing to challenge the old status quo.

By emilypankhurst

You may have missed my point… My argument is that anyone (male, female, black, white, tall, short, ginger or bald) has the opportunity to succeed if they have the ability to succeed. Infact, to suggest that women need ‘supportive men’ to enable them to succeed is rather sexist! (Sorry, I don’t have a Karr quote to illustrate my point).

By FunkyGibbon

"Emmiline" you are correct – the more things change the more they do stay the same. The bit you don’t seem to get is that the reason things stay the same is that you cannot change the rules. It’s a bit like my little niece – she can’t win at Monopoly so she cries and wants to change the rules. Can’t be done otherwise it wouldn’t be Monopoly! My only advice is to read the rules and get better at the game – just like the four fantastic women in our top 100 for this year…think about it – oh and please don’t go down to the Freetrade Hall on Peter Street and burn your bra. That’s "so" last century.

By unamazed