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.

John Arden

Director of Development, Jigsaw Homes Group |

John Ardern is currently 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 |

David Berry

Head of Employment and Skills, Place, Tameside MBC |

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.

Andy Johnson

Head of Product Development, Brother UK |

Simon Jones

Relationship Director, Commercial and Private Banking, NatWest |

Jan Lord

Business Development Manager, Guide Bridge MOT & Service Centre |

Jackie Moores

Principal & CEO, Tameside College |

Clare Taylor

Fund Development Co-ordinator, Action Together |