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.

Meet the esteemed judging panel for 2019:

David Berry

Head of Employment and Skills, Place, Tameside MBC |

David is the Head of Employment of Skills with Tameside Council and works closely with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to design and deliver careers advice, employment and skills services to local residents. I work with schools, businesses, further education and health providers to make a positive difference to the lives of local people.

Wayne Coyle

Managing Director, Tropical Palms Group |

Over the last 5 years Wayne has received a number of awards from community recognition awards and entrepreneur of the year awards Tameside & greater Manchester.

He is a Community enthusiast. His specialist areas include health and wellbeing / hairdressing and salon management background 

He is urrently the director of TPG education delivering hairdressing and barbering diplomas in partnership with Tameside college whilst also  working with Macmillan and nhs patients from the community cutz and better days project non profit CIC.

Debbie Grimshaw

Executive Support Manager, Brother UK |

Debbie Grimshaw is an award-winning Executive Support Manager at Brother UK.

During a 30-year career with the business, she has provided executive support to the senior leadership teams of Brother UK/Brother International Europe and has been active in their corporate responsibility and community engagement projects.

In her current role, Debbie manages the complex and demanding diary of Phil Jones MBE, one of the North West’s prominent business leaders and heads up the Brother UK Executive Support Team.  She is a huge ambassador of the Brother brand and in 2016 was awarded Manchester PA of the Year Brand Champion.

Debbie is an active member of the Manchester PA Network and a great advocate of networking, encouraging others to appreciate the benefits of membership, how it has helped her to grow in her own career and given her a platform on which to build a professional profile.  In September 2015 she won a WeAreTheCity Top 50 Rising Star Award recognising female talent in the pipeline and in November 2015 received the inaugural Manchester PA of the Year award.

Her passion to promote the EA/PA profession drives her to coach and mentor her peers at Brother, creating a strong sense of togetherness amongst a team.  She shares best practice internally and within her professional network, aspiring to be a positive role model. 

Alan Havery

Director, The Leading Edge Hair & Beauty |

A wealth of experience across a broad range of disciplines within different market sectors both in the UK and Overseas. Operating at board level within a number of retail, wholesale, and franchise branded businesses utilising a mixed skill-set covering, retail sales & operations, marketing, e-commerce, property procurement, product sourcing & design and the recruitment, training and development of personnel.


Chris Horrocks

Marketing and Communications Consultant, Freelance Consultant |

Chris is a former Police Officer, accomplished in several specialist fields of policing from 1990 - 2007. He has since gained experience as a Policing, Criminal Justice and Terrorism Consultant on national TV and Radio, appearing regularly on BBC and Sky News. 

Chris commentated on the days following the terrorist attacks in 2017, in Manchester and London, as part of the BBC 5 Live, Sky News and BBC News live coverage. 

As a Marketing and Communications Director, Chris has directed international marketing campaigns in Oil and Gas, Transport, Leisure, Education and Manufacturing sectors in the UK, Europe and the US.

Chris presents workshops on social media, human factors and employee advocacy to all age groups and major corporates such as EY. He is a regular host of fundraising events for charities including The Christie and Willow Wood Hospice.

A Mancunian by birth, Chris moved to Stalybridge in 1994 and now lives with his family in Dukinfield. Chris is a School governor at a local primary school and is a published Children’s Author. He is a keen football fan, supporting Manchester United and Stalybridge Celtic. Chris relaxes by spending time with his family travelling and taking walks in the countryside. 

Andy Johnson

Head of Product and Solutions Management, Brother UK |

Andy has worked at Brother for 22 years in a variety of roles. He is a huge advocate of giving young people opportunities to start/ grow their careers, he also has a keen interest in Technology and Innovation which has led him into becoming a STEM Ambassador – the STEM ambassador program is highly rewarding and gives him the opportunity to visit schools to talk to students about technology, which hopefully inspires the next generation to become part of the industry


Simon Jones

Relationship Director, Commercial and Private Banking, NatWest |

Simon’s approach is to spend time with his customers to actually understand the business and its people.
Proactively supporting business to achieve their goals and personal aspirations
Outside work, he enjoys spending time with his family in North Wales


Jan Lord

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

Jan has worked in the local community since 2003 helping local businesses. Her passion to help entrepreneurs to succeed is second to none. Up until recently she hosted the Business Hour on Tameside Radio and currently works with the Tameside Reporter as a Business columnist.

Jan is no stranger to the Pride of Tameside Business Awards, winning in 2014 and 2018 with her business Guide Bridge MOT & Service Centre and has been on the judging for a number of years in between. Jan is looking forward to getting into the selection process again this year as there are so many businesses out there who are worthy of winning such a prestigious award in one of the many categories available to enter – there really is something for everyone!  

I’ve worked in the local community since 2003 helping local businesses. My passion to help entrepreneurs to succeed is second to none. Up until recently I hosted the Business Hour on Tameside Radio and currently work with the Tameside Reporter as a Business columnist. I’m no stranger to the Pride of Tameside Business Awards, winning in 2014 and 2018 with my family business Guide Bridge MOT & Service Centre and I’ve sat on the judging panel for a couple of years too. I’m so looking forward to getting into the selection process again this year as there are so many businesses out there who are worthy of winning such a prestigious award in one of the many categories available to enter – there really is something for everyone! 

Elaine McConnell

Events/Community Engagement Fundraiser |

Elaine has worked for Willow Wood Hospice for almost 2 years. Her role involves various events including the 20th Anniversary Ball, Golf Day, Ladies Ascot Day plus others.  She also run's Willow Wood Business Connexions and hold a monthly Business breakfast, which she is hoping to grow presently 21 Companies are part of this networking group. Previously she worked at Springhill Hospice for 4 years and began Business Buddies which grew to 56 Companies over the time she spent there.

Jackie Moores

Principal & CEO of Tameside College and Clarendon Sixth Form |

Jackie has worked at Tameside College since 2015. During that time, the college has moved to an Ofsted ‘good’ rating and is now the top performing FE College in GM for school leavers and apprenticeships (based on the Dept for Education tables 2019). Additionally it is now the 9th best FE College in the UK. The College serves its local community with a very broad offer ranging from apprenticeships, higher education, A levels, adult courses and a wide range of courses for school leavers. 

Additionally, the college works with local, regional and national employers on a wide range of courses to meet employer needs.

Jackie is a Tameside resident having been to school and college in Tameside. She has worked in a number of FE and Sixth Form Colleges and works part time for Ofsted as an inspector.


Tim Rainey

Assistant Director, Digital Tameside, TMBC |

Wayne Salkeld

Divisional Director, Barnshaws |

Nigel Skinner

Editor, Tameside Reporter |

Nigel Skinner is a director at Quest Media Network Ltd, which incorporates Tameside Radio, Tameside Reporter, Glossop Chronicle, Oldham Reporter and associated online titles. 

He has been editor of the publications for the last 19 years. In recent years the newspapers have been recognised with a series of Weekly Newspaper and Community Publication honours at the prestigious North West 02 Media Awards.

Nigel has more than 30 years experience of working in the journalism and PR professions, was previously an editor at two newspaper titles in Yorkshire and a PR Executive, helping deliver tailored solutions for business clients’ marketing requirements. He has made Tameside his home.

Claire Wolstenholme

Managing Director, Bennett Staff Bureau |

Bennett Staff is a small independent Multi Award-winning Recruitment agency based in the North West. Claire has over 29 years recruitment experience.  Specialising in all categories of Office, Industrial and Warehouse. Working her way up the ranks and doing everyone role within the office.

Being a born and bred Tameside Lancashire lass, it’s about being part of the local community and giving back to those less fortune than her. When she can she likes to do her bit for local business and local charities. 

Bennett Staff has recently been made “Employer of the Year 2019” for Federation of Small Businesses for the North West.

Ian Wolstenhulme

Solicitor, Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers LLP |