Judges

All our entries are independently judged by a carefully selected panel of industry experts and insiders.

Judges will score and pick the winners in each of the 28 categories from information provided and research done on the individual entries.

Malcolm Bacchus

President, London Society of Chartered Accountants |

Malcolm Bacchus is Deputy President of the London Society of Chartered Accountants and a Council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.  He was  a director of a number of private and AIM quoted companies until 2011 and since then has run a chartered accountancy practice specialising in SME business advice.  He is a member of HMRC's Administrative Burdens Advisory Board and is a past member of the London Enterprise Partnership SME working group.  He also writes and lectures on management business issues.

Mike Brook

Chairman, Capital Enterprise |

Rebecca Burn-Callander

Former Enterprise Editor, Daily Telegraph |

Rebecca is former Enterprise Editor of The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph and author of the Daily Telegraph Guide to Investing. She specialises in writing about entrepreneurs and small businesses and is currently working on her second book: The Daily Telegraph Guide to Brexit for Business.

Andy Carr

Head of Enterprise, City of London Corporation |

Andy, to his surprise, has spent 22 years in economic development, mostly with hi-tech, hi-growth potential SMEs, helping them commercialise IP, access markets and overcome business growing pains.

Currently Head of Enterprise at City of London Corporation, he is devising/delivering a new strategy for providing assistance to tech SMEs in finance and related professional services, partnering with a range of providers.

Previously as UK IoT Lead & Business Development Manager at Enterprise Ireland, he created UK export opportunities for Irish tech companies, mentoring about 50 clients, developed an IoT cluster of SMEs with Microsoft, Dell and Intel and assisted with sales to BBC, Disney Co, Nickelodeon, Penguin Books, Coca Cola, Heineken, Yorkshire Building Society etc. A highlight was to create an Irish Animation and VFX consortium exhibiting in Cannes, Toronto, New York, London & Paris.

He facilitates introductions for SMEs into corporates and has assisted about 20 universities with commercialisation of IP.

Earlier experience involved forming international tech business consortia, to access European/government contracts and funding of about £30m. He established an economic development department at Guildford Borough Council.

Andy maintains relationships with academia and government departments for trade and research and remains in contact with many brands. He has a particular interest in any Tech, IoT and AI.

Andy began his career by spending 12 years in advertising sales. He is married with three girls. He enjoys the martial art of ‘combat gardening’ and driving his restored Triumph GT6. Andy claims to enjoy going to the gym!

Julie Chappell

Chief Digital Officer London & Partners |

Julie Chappell is Chief Digital Officer of London & Partners, the Mayor of London's international promotional agency. Julie and her talented team manage visitlondon.com and all associated promotional activity. Julie is a highly experienced director and her specialisms are launching and growing digital products and platforms, content marketing, brand and event partnerships, building large consumer audiences and commercialisation of assets.

Julie was instrumental in shaping non sporting visitor comms during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and was editor in chief of the non accredited media centre. She also founded the top level domain for London - .london

More recently, Julie forged a partnership with Studio Canal and NPCC to devise and deliver the hugely successful Paddington Trail to celebrate the movie (£1m raised for the charity) and with EOne and Save the Children on The BFG Dream Jar Trail. Recent Event partnerships include Lumiere London, Great Fire 350 and more large scale event partnerships are planned for 2017. Commercial partners have supported many of the visitor and brand focussed projects including MasterCard, Shaftesbury Plc, Unilever and Barclays to name a few.

Julie is a member of the London Music Board, is a director of London & Partners Ventures and is a non exec director of Dot London Domains. She also has a background in entertainment publishing, brand licensing and the music industry. 

 

Colin Francis

Regional Treasurer FSB |

A qualified management accountant with nearly 50 years of experience in business management.

Started as a clerk in the accounts department of a manufacturing company and eventually became Joint managing director after a stint as finance director along the way. Travelled to the US, France and South Africa where he set up subsidiary companies which distributed products made at the UK Parent. Negotiated the purchase of manufacturing companies in the UK and in the US.

In the second half of his career he has been a consultant and sometimes director or partner who has helped many small and medium sized companies to achieve their potential. This has included the establishment and helping to run companies in New York, London and Port of Spain, Trinidad. 

Stuart Hillston

Mentor, Coach & Counsellor to Start-up & Scale-up Entrepreneurs |

Stuart started his working life as a computer programmer and his first start-up experience came after 2 years with a British software company which grew rapidly & globally. Stuart was instrumental in establishing the company in the USA, Eastern Europe and Japan. The company finally exited for a trade sale in 1994.

He went on to form several other software & web companies and has been directly involved in early and growth stage companies ever since. In the late 1990s he spent time in a senior role at a Nasdaq listed company.

Stuart worked for charity and the DTI (managing the E-Commerce Awards) for 2 years before making the transition into investing in technology. He has made or managed investments in a London based family office, run an AIM listed investment business and worked in an FCA regulated brokerage & fund manager.

Stuart now acts as an advisor for entrepreneurial people in start-ups and high growth businesses. The capacity ranges from executive coaching through mentoring to board advisory and NED. He specialises in strategy, commercialisation, sales, investor readiness and investment for technology businesses in a wide range of sectors.

Stuart is FCA registered for financial intermediary work which includes seed and series A funding for early stage businesses and high growth companies. He is focussed on companies with potential for high-growth particularly in digital, media, medical and wearable sectors.

Stuart has been a coach and mentor for more than a dozen accelerators and incubators in London, Oxford, Manchester & Edinburgh and has been a non-executive director of more than 30 companies. He has taught or coached at 8 major UK universities.

Stuart recently formed Hare & Moon® Ltd to provide personal development programs for entrepreneurs and innovators, universities, accelerators and corporate clients.

Michael Lassman

Director, Equality Edge |

I am an experienced diversity and communication practitioner, passionate about equality and social justice. I develop and deliver coaching, training and facilitation services and am also a motivational speaker.

I am active on various social media platforms and recognise the importance of respectful and valuing communication in the digital world, as well as the real world. As a result, I now offer training to companies and individuals on how to maximise returns on time invested in social media activities.

I have been running my own company for over twenty five years and have been an active member of the FSB for the past six years. I am currently Chair of the North London Branch and Vice Chair of the London Region.

Gregory Liset

Head of eCommerce - Small Business, Barclaycard |

Greg Liset has more than 15 years' experience in e-Commerce and payments, working for various payment service providers in areas spanning from Product and Propositions Management to Commercial Strategy and Development. Throughout his career, Greg led the implementation of large commercial programmes for some of the world’s biggest brands like Google, Tesco, Visa or Virgin Atlantic.

Ian Mason

Head of Development, Virgin Start Up |

Ian is an economist, author and entrepreneur. He is the founder of an education company, providing physical and digital learning resources to schools across the UK and globally. Ian was instrumental in the creation and development of Virgin Start Up, the Sir Richard Branson’s not-for-profit company for entrepreneurs. More recently, Ian was appointed Leader of the United Kingdom’s delegation to the Y20 Summit, thus representing the views of young people in the UK to the G20 World Leaders at their annual summit and has subsequently co-founded the Future Leaders Network, an organisation that seeks and develops the business, academic and political leaders of the future.

Ian campaigns on a number of key issues, including the universal right to education, enhancing social mobility through entrepreneurship and improving levels of financial literacy.

In his leisure time, Ian enjoys playing football, motorsport, shooting, ballroom dancing, running and listening to jazz/swing music. He is a member of MENSA and avid supporter of Aston Villa Football Club.

Vicki Owen

Small Business Editor, Financial Mail and Mail on Sunday |

Simon Pitkeathley

CEO, Camden Town Unlimited |

Simon has been CEO of the multi-award winning Camden Town BID, Camden Town Unlimited, since 2007. He is also CEO of Euston Town BID and Camden Collective.  He is currently Co-Chair of Cross River Partnership, sits on the London LEP (LEAP), is a Governor at WKCIC and Chair of Camden Giving. Simon was No 8 on the On Office Power List 2016 and hasn’t stopped talking about it!

Earlier roles included working for the Prime Minister in 2001 and 2005, Executive Director of the British Bankers’ Association between 1999 and 2003 and consultancy work for various clients including JP Morgan and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) between 2003 and 2007. 

Simon attended INSEAD in 2002, is married and has two adult sons.

Josh Russell

Editor, Elite Business Magazine |

Darryl Sparey

Business Development Director, Hotwire PR |

Darryl Sparey is the Business Development Director Hotwire PR, the global PR and communications agency. Before this Darryl spent two years running the London office of digital marketing agency Mediaworks. Previously, Darryl was Group New Business Director at WPP-owned Precise Media (now Kantar Media), having sold his own business Media Report to Precise in 2005. Frequently described as a “prolific networker”, Darryl is active in the Start-up community in London.

Sue Terpilowski OBE

Managing Director Image Line |

Sue Terpilowski started Image Line Communications more than 29 years ago and it has become one of the leading specialist PR, marketing and visual event agencies in the logistics, freight, ports, material handling and supply chain sectors.  

Image Line works closely with clients to raise their profiles, create brand awareness, add credibility to their business and introduce them through the media to a wider audience. This combined PR and marketing service helps drive new business sales and cement working relationships that create ongoing sales opportunities.

Sue is the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) London policy chairman and is regularly interviewed and quoted in the business press as an expert source on a wide range of issues affecting the self-employed, micro and small businesses. As the national lead on their campaign for Business Rates issues and as  a leading member of their national infrastructure and transport committee, Sue has been featured in the Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, on BBC News, BBC Radio, ITN and in the Evening Standard. Sue also was one of the experts during the final of the Apprentice 2015 and was part of the panel that interviewed the finalist and eventual winner.

Sue was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2014 for her work and lobbying on behalf of micro and small businesses in London.

She has a diploma in Business Coaching and is also one of 50 LAB Profilers (Language & Behaviour) in the UK.

Steve Warwick

Regional Chairman FSB |

Steve Warwick pursued a career in the television industry for 25 years, finally as Commercial Operations Director of the children’s channel Nickelodeon from its inception in 1992 until 2003, when he founded UK Network Support Ltd.

UK Network Support Ltd. specialises in the implementation and support of television broadcast systems for non-terrestrial broadcasters.

Steve is currently the Chairman of the Greater London Region of the Federation of Small Businesses. In this capacity, assisted by a Regional and Branch committee structure and a full time staff team, he is responsible for representing the views of Greater London FSB members and of the Federation nationally to the Greater London Authority and the Mayor of London, local government authorities and any other relevant official or non-official bodies. The Federation of Small Businesses is the largest UK wide organisation representing the interests of SMEs and the self employed.