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Judges revealed for National Business Awards 2014

Judges revealed for National Business Awards 2014

09 Oct 2014 by: Emma Cole


*66 new judges announced today*

* Sir Eric Peacock, Simon Devonshire and Lara Morgan join esteemed judging panel*
*Dame Helen Alexander returns as Chair of Judges*
*Ceremony to take place on 11th November at Grosvenor House, Park Lane*

The National Business Awards has today revealed the full line-up of judges for 2014. The judging panels will determine the winners across 17 categories, and will be headed up by Chair of Judges Dame Helen Alexander.

The judging panels will welcome some of the UK’s best known business leaders, advisors, investors, influencers and entrepreneurs including Baydonhill Chairman Sir Eric Peacock, Sky News’ Business News Editor Naomi Kerbel, Wayra Europe Director Simon Devonshire, Pacific Direct Founder Lara Morgan, and Supper Club Founder Duncan Cheatle.  Also joining the 2014 Judging Panels will be Nick Temple, Head of Business at Social Enterprise UK, Thea Green, Founder of popular beauty brand Nails Inc, Dax Lovegrove, Head of Innovation at Kingfisher and Ed Wray, Co-Founder of Betfair. [1] Please see footnotes for full judging lineup.

National Business Awards winners are determined by a robust judging process. Entrants were initially judged on an entry questionnaire, from which the highest scoring entries were put forward as finalists by a Shortlist Panel of judges. Finalists must now present live to the relevant judging panel who will determine the overall winners, to be announced at the ceremony on 11th November.

Dame Helen Alexander, Chair of Judges said: “The National Business Awards are widely respected across the business community because of the robustness of the judging process and the quality of its judges. It’s an incredible achievement to be recognised as a finalist because the rising standard of entries lifts the bar higher each year.”

Alex Evans, Programme Director for the National Business Awards said: “Our judges have successfully led their own businesses or enabled excellence in organisations ranging from startups to PLCs - so they can offer invaluable advice as well as asking probing questions that can help these market leading businesses to perform even better and grow more sustainably.”

The shortlist for the 2014 National Business Awards was announced in July, with finalists for the flagship Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year award due to be announced in the Telegraph on Saturday 4th October.

The overall winners will be announced at the annual Gala Dinner, which will talk place on Tuesday 11th November at The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane. For more information or to attend the ceremony, visit

The National Business Awards supports The Prince’s Trust, a charity that offers practical and financial support to young people who need it. 

Notes to editors:

[1] Judges confirmed as of 10 September 2014 (subject to change):


The Customer Focus Award:

  • Ian Stockley, Managing Director at Indicia
  • Julie Parmenter, Managing Director at Molinare
  • Keith Pickering, Founding Partner at Catalyst Corporate Finance
  • Nick Davey, Programme Manager at ECCCSA / UBM
  • Natalie Calvert, Founder & Managind Director at Calcom Group

The Growth Business of the Year:

  • Tim Whittard, Investment Director at Business Growth Fund
  • Tim Farazmand, Managing Director at LDC
  • Zia Mallich, Director at Start Your Business magazine
  • Yvonne Quinn, Business Growth Programme at Cranfield School of Management
  • Paul Herman, Group CEO for BlueBox

The Inflexion International Growth Business of the Year

  • David Whileman, Head of Partnership Capital at Inflexion Private Equity
  • Hamdi Conger, Chairman at Moldmasters
  • Lara Morgan, Co-Founder of Company Shortcuts
  • Mike Tobin, CEO of TelecityGroup

The BlackBerry Business Enabler of the Year

  • Mike Gibson, Senior Director, EMEA at BlackBerry/Research in Motion
  • Tom Thomas, CEO of the Institute of Commercial Management
  • Kerry Hallard, CEO of the National Outsourcing Association
  • Nick Ayton, Founder & MD of Friendly Pensions
  • Jamie Liddell, Editor of Outsource Magazine

The ICAEW Sustainable Business Award

  • Rachel Sinha, Sustainability Manager, Social Innovation, Systems Change at ICAEW
  • Jamie Butterworth, CEO at Ellen Macarthur Foundation
  • David Beer, Sustainability Business Executive for Guardian News & Media
  • Nina Wright, Managing Director at UBM Live Built Environment
  • Ren Kapur, Founder and Executive Director at eFonomics

The Social Enterprise of the Year

  • Tim West, Founder of Pioneers Post
  • Katy Jones, Co-Head of Financial Advisory & Capital Raising at ClearlySo
  • Nick Temple, Head of Business for Social Enterprise UK
  • Erin Lovett, Global Partner at Deloitte
  • Jen Morgan, Co-Convener at Finance Innovation Lab

The Santander Corporate Citizenship Award

  • Richard Hardyment, Associate Director at Corporate Citizenship
  • Jennifer Scardino, Director of Communications at Santander
  • David Francis, Head of CR and Alternative Business Models at Business Environment Directorate
  • Caroline Diehl, CEO at The Media Trust
  • Steven Gee, Co-Founder & Event Director at Resource

The Market Gravity Innovation Award

  • Stephen Bradley, Head of Innovation Skills at LexisNexis
  • Peter Sayburn, Managing Director at Market Gravity
  • Helen Fridell, Senior Consultant at Cisco Consulting Services EMEAR
  • David Walker, Founder of Happen Innovation

The Santander Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year

  • Marcelino Castrillo, Managing Director, Commercial Banking UK at Santander Corporate Banking
  • Robert Voss CBE, Founder of Voss International
  • Scott Hartley, Talk Business
  • Charlie Johnstone, ECI Partners LLP
  • Sir Eric Peacock, Chairman for Baydonhill

The Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Duncan Cheatle, Founder of Supper Club / Prelude
  • Guy Rigby, Director – Head of Entrepreneurs at Smith & Williamson
  • Amit Pau, Director at Ariadne Capital
  • Dr Stephanie Hussells, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at The Cranfield School of Management
  • Dafydd Rees, Head of Business Unit at Sky News

The UKTI Digital Business of the Year

  • Rebecca Jones, Online Editor at Business Matters magazine
  • Mario Thomas, Managing Director at Chapter Eight
  • Simon Burckhardt, Managing Director of Vonage UK
  • Kelly Dolan, Digital Communications Specialist, Consumer and Retail at UK Trade & Investment
  • Andrew McClelland, Chief Operations & Policy Officer at IMRG

The New Business of the Year

  • Simon Devonshire, Director at Wayra Europe
  • Naomi Kerbel, Business News Editor at Sky News
  • David Higgins, Chairman of Inception Partners
  • Scott English, CEO of CE Media

The Employer of the Year

  • Mihaela Berciu, Personal Branding Coach
  • Peter Whitehead, Former Recruitment & Appointments Editor at FT
  • Jonathan Simnett, MD for Big Stick Communications
  • Laura Milne, CEO of LimeHR

The QBE FTSE 100 Business of the Year

  • Dax Lovegrove, Head of Innovation at Kingfisher
  • Clare Parsons, Chairman at Lansons Communications
  • Simon Patterson, Managing Director at Patterson Associates
  • Rob Hawthorn, Managing Director of Client Services at Barclays Corporate

The Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Michael Hayman MBE, Co-Founder of Seven Hills (Chair of Judges)
  • Charmaine Eggberry, Former Wayra Director and CEO of Plan B Consulting
  • Ed Wray, Co-Founder of Betfair
  • Guy Rigby, Head of Entrepreneurs at Smith & Williamson
  • Simon Burckhardt, Managing Director of Vonage UK
  • Thea Green, Founder of Nails Inc


The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence in Business

Recognising impact over a long and distinguished tenure as CEO, nominees for this award are shortlisted by the Daily Telegraph and the winner is chosen by the NBA’s distinguished Advisory Board.


The Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year
This Award recognises the personal imprint of the UK’s most high profile leaders on the culture and commercial success of their organisations and the industries they operate in – with five high profile CEOs invited to participate as industry champions from key sectors and the winner determined by a jury of peers and a public vote.

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About the National Business Awards 

Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards is the UK’s most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business.  Now in its 13th year, the National Business Awards connects the nations’ professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc’s flagship awards programme. Visit for further information or follow us on Twitter @businessawards.

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