Judges 2018

We have developed our judging over 15 years and our judges, all top business people within their chosen arena, have cited our awards as both the most transparent and professionally executed.
Each application is scored by at least 4 different judges from a panel of up to 12 judges, all applications are seen by different members of the judging panel.
The judges meet over several hours and score not only their own sponsored category but several others too, this ensures transparency.
The first page of questions is designed to give the judges a real feel for your business, followed by several questions that are scored from 1 to 5. It is worth noting that although all judging is computer based please ensure you upload images or screen shots of all important pages.
There are no site visits or presentations involved.
The finalists are chosen by adding all the scores and up to 8 entrants can make it through to the final, however if scoring is low, less entrants make it through.
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Wayne Thompson

Stanair Services

Wayne is the Milton Keynes depot manager of Stanair Industrial door services Ltd, the leading industrial door company of the region. He has been with the company for over 15 years and runs 5 engineering teams covering the local area including Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire.He has always worked in the service industry starting in the insurance sector before moving on and gaining knowledge of both manufacturing and then engineering sectors before arriving at Stanair.

His success comes from a desire to please his customers and creating a happy and productive team around him. After all, we spend most of our time at work, we should only do it if we enjoy it.
A resident of Milton Keynes for 37 years. Wayne and his wife Jaye have 2 children, both daughters, as well as a dog and a guinea pig.

As well as spending time with his family, Wayne’s hobbies include playing golf, going to the cinema and volunteer work at homeless charity Winter Night Shelter MK.

 

June Cory

My Mustard

June Cory has a career spanning almost thirty years in media management, sales and training. She fell into selling newspaper advertising space and not only did she love it, she was really rather good at it. After thousands of deadlines, hundreds of targets and a few awards she moved into management & training for industry names including Newsquest & Yell.com.

After managing a specialist digital project team in 2006, June understood that the ability to target an audience, measure results & truly control spend would redefine advertising for local businesses & swapped the ink in her veins for zeros and ones and launched My Mustard, an online advertising agency in 2007.

A highly enthusiastic on and offline networker June is a Google Partner, the Vice President of the St Albans Chamber of Commerce and talks about Google at various forums. She drinks a lot of coffee…..

Stewart Matthews

Neves Solicitors LLP

Stewart Matthews is a commercial solicitor and managing partner of Neves Solicitors LLP. Neves is a general practice firm with a history dating back 150 years, with offices in Milton Keynes, Luton and Harpenden. In 1999 Stewart joined Hopkins Reynolds, a predecessor firm which merged with Neves in 2002, as a trainee solicitor and qualified two years later. Having progressed within the firm first to senior associate, Stewart became a partner in 2011, a full equity partner in 2013 and managing partner in 2016. Neves provides a full range of business and personal legal services to clients in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and beyond. In his capacity as managing partner Stewart has direct and relevant experience of the pressures and responsibilities of running a business which enables him to empathise with his business owner clients and provide succinct and relevant advice in a practical and commercial manner.

 

 

Jason Sinclair 

University of Buckingham

Jason is responsible for the preparation of Students/Graduates entry into the UK Labour Market, creation and delivery of training and coaching workshops, Employer Engagement and Business Networking/Careers related events at the University of Buckingham. An Operational Director and Consultant who has had experience in SME to Blue Chip Businesses.

As a University we are passionate about Business, we view it as important to support our Business Community as a whole and the University is perfectly placed and agile enough to do that, preparing and educating the next generation of Business Talent, supporting both Businesses and Students alike by helping create practical Internships and Placement Projects, and offering Professional and Executive courses to Businesses who want to grow and develop their people. The University has Undergraduate Degree courses in Business, Accounting, Marketing, Law, Applied Computing, Psychology, Science, Humanities and Medicine (Plus Postgraduate and Professional Study).

The Awards really are a positive way for us to celebrate and engage more directly with a variety of SME’s, and I wish all the applicants the very best of luck.

Ian Cording

FM World

Ian is a seasoned veteran in Business Awards judging with more than two decades of viewing applications UK wide and credits his ‘colourful life’ and no nonsense, pragmatic approach, to business and life in general as adequate credentials to be on this panel. Despite a very busy and full life he is a Bedfordshire Business Ambassador, a volunteer Enterprise Adviser working with SEMLEP and The Careers & Enterprise Company where he is part of a dedicated team building a talent pipeline through employer engagement with the student population, primarily year 12’s in Bedfordshire county and the wider region.

Out of school rather earlier than some he bizarrely started his adult life as a butcher’s apprentice. Thereafter a period of ten years in the public service in various departments allowed him to catch up on his education and then make the leap into the world of business by starting a Planning & Architectural Practice business 33 years ago.

Additionally, this past 10 years, Ian and his wife Birute embraced Network Marketing as a business model so much so they now spend much of their time travelling both in the UK and abroad training, coaching and mentoring their FM World team. A keen ‘crowd fund’ investor Ian still acts in a Planning consultancy capacity for a select group of long standing personal clients and manages a modest property portfolio ‘in trust’ for the family. Family is very big on Ian’s agenda, he loves to travel widely and seamlessly mixes business and pleasure because … ‘he can’.

 

Jean Gowin

DBFB Communications

As MK Relationship Director for dbfb communications, Jean is responsible for building key customer relationships and identifying business opportunities within Milton Keynes. dbfb is leading the way in Milton Keynes and Northampton by providing the most innovative communications and technology solutions to local businesses specialising in ultrafast connectivity, mobile solutions, cloud telephony and IT services. Supporting clients through their technology and connectivity needs, dbfb provide a flexible service, growing and changing alongside customer growth and change.

A passionate, motivated and results-driven specialist, Jean has a customer-focused business style; an approach she uses effectively when working closely with clients and the wider business community. As a result of her enthusiasm, commitment and professionalism, she has developed strong links with others, through working with key organisations and associations.

 

Martin Herron

MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Martin is a partner of MHA MacIntyre Hudson, a mid-tier accountancy practice with 12 offices and over 700 staff. He trained as a Chartered Accountant after leaving university and joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson two years after qualifying. He has been a partner for over 13 years and still enjoys the variety of clients and the fact that no two days at the office are ever the same.

A big highlight of his time with the firm was back in 2016 when, as Head of Audit, the firm won the prestigious award for ‘Audit Team of the Year’ in the British Accountancy Awards.

Away from the office Martin spends most of his weekends watching his son play football and his daughter practice dance routines. He is also a passionate traveller and enjoys sampling local cuisines washed down with a local wine!

 

 

Bhavisha Gajjar

MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Bhavisha is a passionate marketer. With an enthusiastic attitude to learning new things. In 2010 she achieved a Financial Studies Diploma and Graduated from Birmingham City University in 2015 with a BSc Degree in Digital Multimedia Technology.

Since leaving university she has experienced working in different sectors including the NHS where she was trained to an EMT level. She has written and designed a number of publications that have been used in the EMEA, UK and APAC regions. In addition, has also managed and executed EMEA and UK events which attracted up to 26,000+ visitors.

In 2017 Bhavisha joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson as a Marketing Coordinator. The firm is made up of experienced and highly qualified charted accountants, tax and business advisers, that provide a full range of financial and business strategy services to enterprises and individuals.