The awards are judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts, the judging is a rigorous two stage process including pre-scoring to determine shortlists and a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide the winning entries.

The 2018 judging panel included:

John Arden

Interim Director, Management Consultant and Executive Coach |

John Ardern is former Director of Development at Jigsaw Homes Group having previously held the position of Director of Homes at New Charter Group since October 2013.

He is an experienced Management Consultant, learning and development professional and Human Resource Specialist with 35 years experience dealing with Central, Local Government issues and the Housing Sector.

He is qualified with the Institute of Management Services and Institute of Personnel Development. He is also an executive Coach.

He has proven leadership and change management skills involving motivating and developing teams to achieve business objectives through significant organisational change. He also provides specialist consultancy services to other organisations in embedding systems thinking, training as well as the development of new systems, processes and application of continual improvement tools and techniques.


Tracy Barlow

Commercial Director, 24/7 Uptime |

Tracy Barlow is Commercial Director and co-founder of 24/7 Uptime Ltd, the UK’s leading high availability experts who ensure critical IT and infrastructure systems stay up and running 24/7. 

Prior to this, Tracy worked in the field of marketing for many years, achieving Chartered Marketer status.  She ran her own marketing consultancy for more than 10 years, providing strategy and marketing communications to manufacturing, charity, retail and public sector clients.

Tracy is a long-time supporter of the Willow Wood Hospice and is a regular volunteer at The Pad, the Willow Wood coffee shop in Stalybridge.

David Berry

Head of Employment and Skills, Place, Tameside MBC |

Joanna Booth

Creative director at Social Media Makes Sense |

As a social media expert and trainer, Jo has overseen the social media successes of projects like the BBC hit series Poldark through to running a series of ‘Digitally Savvy’ workshops for the Business Growth Hub to hundreds of SMEs. She blogs for diverse brands including Sage, Microsoft, Yahoo, Guardian Small Business and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. 

She presents on the Virgin Media Learn Digital Skills Channel and Business Growth Hub Digital TV.  Jo is a public speaker and young entrepreneur.

Wayne Coyle

Managing Director, Tropical Palms Group |

The Tropical Palms Group is a multi-award winning business with multiple outlets owned and run by Wayne Coyle. Located in Droyslden Manchester, Tropical Palms have brought a hair and beauty service to the community along side a Tattoo Parlour and even Educational Facilites, helping teach young people in the area.


Debbie Grimshaw

Executive Support Manager, Brother UK |

Debbie Grimshaw is an award winning Executive Support Manager at Brother UK, the Information, Communication and Technology Company.

During a 28-year career with the business, she has provided executive support to the senior leadership teams of Brother UK and Brother International Europe

Alan Havery

Proprietor, Leading Edge Hair and Beauty |

An experienced retailer with proven multi-channel experience gained at board level within the retail, wholesale, franchise, licensing and e-commerce sectors both in the UK and internationally.

Highly skilled in change management, restructuring, recruitment, training of staff and in managing large teams in multiple locations and countries. Operating in the mid-market to luxury sectors in product areas which include: food & drink, fashion, footwear, fragrance, hair and beauty, leather goods and accessories working with and alongside all the major department store groups in the UK.

Managed lease negotiations and store opening programmes with the landlords of the major shopping centres, factory outlets, train stations and airports throughout the UK.

David Houghton

Regional Membership Manager, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce |

Andy Johnson

Head of Product Development, Brother UK |

Head of product and solutions management at Brother UK, I’ve worked at Brother for 21 years in a variety of roles. I have a keen interest in Technology and Innovation which has led me into becoming a STEM Ambassador in which I encourage and inspire young people to achieve more and progress further in Technology

Simon Jones

Relationship Director, Commercial and Private Banking, NatWest |

Sam Johnson

Community Engagement Manager, Brother UK |

Sherrilee Jones

Sales and Marketing Executive, Tameside Radio |

Jan Lord

Owner & Business Development Manager, Guide Bridge MOT & Service Centre |

Jan Lord Owner and Business Development Manager of Guide Bridge MOT & Service Centre in Ashton under Lyne since 2003 has seen her business flourish to where it is today.

Working alongside the Tameside Reporter as Local Business Correspondent for the last 6 years she also presents the weekly business hour on Tameside Radio.

No stranger to the Pride of Tameside awards, Jan has actively been involved in the awards since 2011 and is proud to be part of the 2018 process.

Stuart Maclean

Head of Corporate Planning, Brother UK |

Jackie Moores

Principal & CEO, Tameside College |

Tim Rainey

Assistant Director, Digital Tameside, TMBC |

Rob Sethna

Digital Growth Manager, Business Growth Hub |

Nigel Skinner

Editor, Tameside Reporter |

Clare Taylor

Fund Development Co-ordinator, Action Together |

Claire Wolstenholme

Managing Director, Bennett Staff Bureau |

MD of Bennett Staff Bureau. I started with the business as an apprentice back in the early 90’s, attending day release, private shorthand and sales training.  Working my way up the ranks, covering all aspects of the business. 

Bennett Staff Bureau, established since the early sixties and is Tameside’s / North West’s awarding winning Service Provider of both temporary and permanent recruitment within Commercial, Industrial and the Catering Sectors.

Ian Wolstenhulme

Solicitor, Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers LLP |