February 26th 2019


7th January 2019
' Nominations Open '
30th January 2019
' Nominations Close '
12th February 2019
' Shortlist Announced '
26th February 2019
' Awards Ceremony '


Jamie Turner

Jamie first joined the Office of Government Property (OGP) as its Head of Policy, before becoming Chief of Staff and now, Deputy Director, Strategy & Engagement. Within this role Jamie drafted the 2018 Government Estate Strategy, that sets the vision in which government will align its activity to deliver its commitments, including Smarter Working.

Jamie is a passionate supporter of smarter working, and on his daughter’s fifth birthday wrote a blog on this subject, in which he stated his desire for all those in the civil service to be able to work in an environment focused on outcomes and not process, and one that encourages everyone to work flexibly. The blog, which was published on the civil service website, was highly praised by commenters, with Jeremy Heywood promptly tweeting a link to his 24,000 followers.

Julian Barker

Julian Barker is Head of Smart Places at British Land, responsible for implementing British Land’s vision of using tech and innovation in the built environment to make our places – workplace, retail, living and leisure – more efficient, exciting and productive. 

Jules has worked in a range of industries, including consulting at Bain and Company, oil & gas at BP, and the British Army.


Rupert McNeil

Rupert was appointed Government Chief People Officer in January 2016. The Government Chief People Officer leads the civil service HR function, which runs HR expert services and provides expertise on people policies, talent development, recruitment, pay, diversity and inclusion, workforce planning and organisational design. The Government Chief People Officer also leads and is responsible for the HR profession, a community of over 3,500 HR professionals across government.
Rupert attended secondary school in Aberdeen, and graduated in Politics and Philosophy from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. During his undergraduate degree he spent a semester interning at the US Senate. He attended Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 2010. Rupert joined the Civil Service from Lloyds Banking Group, where he was the Group HR Director. He began his career at the Confederation of British Industry before becoming a partner in Deloitte and Arthur Anderson. Since then he has worked for Barclays Bank plc, first as Executive Management Director and then as the HR Director for Global, Retail and Commercial Banking, and at Aviva where he was HR Director and then HR Centre of Expertise Director.


Simon Godfrey

Simon has been deeply involved in the delivery of public services for nearly three decades, working within the civil service and as a strategic advisor and senior supplier. He has witnessed much change in the sector, from Gershon & Varney, through Coalition Austerity, and now on to the current agenda including Smarter Working. 

He brings to the judging panel a breadth of real world experience and a pragmatic perspective, realising that people are at the very centre of every change programme. His three decades in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) will provide a complimentary balance to this year’s judging panel.

Alexi Marmot

Alexi is an architect and planner whose career spans professional practice, writing and academia. At University College London (UCL), she is Professor of Facility & Environment Management and Director of the Bartlett Global Centre for Learning Environments. At University of Sydney she is Professor of Architectural Science.
Alexi is founding director of London-based practice, AMA Alexi Marmot Associates, experts in evidence-based consultative design for workplaces, educational estates and cultural buildings. Many large national and international organisations in public, private and voluntary sectors have benefited from AMA’s strategic advice and designs for sustainable and effective environments that benefit people, organisations and society. She is a Governor of WMC, the oldest extant European college of adult education, and a Trustee of the IFMA Foundation.
Having been on the Property Advisory Panel and helped many central and local government organisations devise and implement innovative workplace strategies, Alexi has been privileged to serve as a judge of the Smarter Working (formerly TW3) Awards over several years.


Martin Sellar

Martin is the GPA Programmes Director and Senior Responsible Officer with accountability for the Government Hubs Programme, Whitehall Campus Programme and Smarter Working Programme which form a key part of creating Great Places to Work for Civil Servants as part of the Brilliant Civil Service.   
Martin joined the GPA at the start of April 2018, having moved across from the Home Office where he led the Smarter Working Programme.  That role involved leadership of the project to move 2100 Home Office staff to Croydon from 2 Marsham Street and created a Croydon Campus that embraced Smarter Working in 5 refurbished buildings with the rollout of Windows 10 devices for its 7700 staff.