Judges

Enam Ali MBE

Enam Ali MBE

Founder, British Curry Awards

Bio

Enam Ali MBE – FIH, among the most prominent British Asian personalities in the UK, known for his leadership and passionate concern for the interests of the hospitality industry and the man behind revolutionary change in the curry industry. As a result, he is frequently seen and heard in the UK’s key print and broadcast media, such as CNN, SKY news, BBC etc. acting as a spokesman for the Asian business sector and as an unofficial ambassador for the country of his birth. Enam has singlehandedly pioneered the “British Curry” as its own right cuisine not only in the UK but worldwide through his hard work and extensive research. He began his community work by establishing numerous trade associations in the nineties and published the industry’s first and leading trade publication Spice Business Magazine in 1997. Subsequently he founded the annual British Curry Awards in 2005 which is dubbed as the “Curry Oscars”. He is also the founder of multi award-winning restaurant Le Raj and recently established a training restaurant Le Raj Academy @ NESCOT college, providing the new generation the opportunity to learn Asian cooking and gain NVQ’s. Moreover, alongside this Enam has developed outstanding relationships in the political arena. He has been a member of the Home Office Hospitality Advisory Panel. He has been an expert judge and food critic on various TV programmes such as F Word with Gordon Ramsay, Great British Menu and BBC Royal Recipes, MasterChef, Great British Takeaways, amongst many more news segments and programmes. His sound knowledge of Indian food is second to none.

In 2009 Enam was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours for his services to the Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant industry.

In 2011 Enam granted Freedom of the City of London. In the same year, he was awarded Best Business Personality by his local area at their Business Excellence Awards in Epsom, in recognition of the contribution he has made to the local community by hosting various charitable events, raising over £1.02 million since 1989. In 2012, Le Raj was selected to serve Indian food to thousands of Olympic officials and diplomats at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

He was named NRB (Non-Resident Bangladeshi) Person of the year 2015 by Millennium Global Magazine. And Keynote speaker representing the UK at Franchise India in the same year.

In June 2016 Enam was elected president of the British-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce, to continue promoting trade and investment opportunities and co-operation between Britain and Bangladesh. During his term, he hosted the NRB Global Business Convention in Bangladesh with 29 nations participation. Enam also hosted the Global Challenges conference in Bangladesh with keynote speaker, David Cameron, Former Prime minister of Great Britain.

April 2018, he was awarded Awards Professional of the Year by Awards Awards. Enam continues promoting British Businesses worldwide in the media covering “Curry may be born in India but Britain globalised it”.

In June 2018, he has been recognised by the Institute of Hospitality for his outstanding contribution to the industry.

Hazel Batchelar

Hazel Batchelar

Group Events Manager, Hospitality Division, William Reed Business Media

Bio

Hazel Batchelar has worked at William Reed Business Media since April 2004 and been Group Events Manager for the Hospitality Division for the past 7 years. Overseeing a vast portfolio of over 60 events each year for the Morning Advertiser, Restaurant magazine and MCA , Hazel leads a team of events professionals whose portfolio includes The Publican Awards, The John Smith’s Great British Pub Awards, The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards and Retailers’ Retailer of the Year. 
Nick Bish

Nick Bish

Founder, Operations Managers Awards, UK Hospitality

Bio

After a 15 year career in hospitality companies – Courage, Imperial Inns & Taverns and HH Finch Ltd Nick was asked to set up and run the embryo Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers – so:

1992 – 2013. Secretary and then Chief Exec of ALMR. This organisation was designed to promote and represent the companies that had four or more pubs or bars. Very swiftly it expanded to include restaurants and eventually nightclubs and casual dining chains. Ultimately it came to represent virtually all corporate managed hospitality businesses in the UK and campaigned effectively on their behalf as well as creating an outstanding business network for its members at senior level .

2013 – present.

A hospitality industry consultant with a wide range of clients he is still retained to provide non-exec support to UK Hospitality which is the successor organisation to ALMR having merged with the BHA now also to include major hotel chains, visitor attractions and contract catering companies.

Operations Managers Awards. www.opsawards.org.uk He devised this programme in 1995, that is not only the annual competition for the best Area Managers and BDMs in licensed hospitality but also develops this crucial cohort of managers and promotes their reputation. The Ops Awards is the proud winner of not only the Bronze for Best Longstanding Awards but also Silver for the Best Judging Process in Awards Awards 2018. 

Simone Broadhurst

Simone Broadhurst

Events Director – Incisive Business, Incisive Media

Bio

Simone joined Incisive Media in 2000 and heads up their event operations, content and sales teams. She has a keen eye for new product launches and delivers award winning events for Incisive Media.
Zehra J Chudry

Zehra J Chudry

Content Director, GLOMO Awards, GSMA

Bio

Zehra believes access to digital technology is a fundamental right to the global citizen.

As a Research Manager at the GSMA, Zehra leads the company’s global efforts to connect everyone to everything: through creating platforms for the showcasing of new digital technology, sharing learnings between organisations, networking with the leaders of the mobile ecosystem and awarding the pioneers who are pushing the boundaries of connectivity.

Zehra has spent her career facilitating the introduction of digital technology around the world, particularly as a channel accessing services such as transport, retail, banking and healthcare. Her current focus now is on harnessing mobile tech as a tool to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is committed to enabling a dialogue across the public, private and non-profit sectors to further global development through the GSMA’s MWC Events, the M360 Conference Series and the prestigious Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO Awards).

Prior to the GSMA, she headed the content department for Payment Technology at Clarion Events. During her tenure, she oversaw the launch of several new digital and physical products, and the expansion of the portfolio into every continent and several new industry markets. Her legacy is marked here with the creation of the Annual Payments Power 10 Award, which is now the recognised standard for the influencers of the UK’s Payments and FinTech sector.

Zehra read her Masters in Global Health and Development at University College London (UCL), and a BSc in Physical Geography from King’s College London.

She is an active volunteer for both refugees and women’s rights initiatives. Her most recent field exposure was in the Calais ‘Jungle’, France and community programmes in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the RSA. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and is Captain for a local Netball team.

Beckie Dart

Beckie Dart

Event Director, Metropolis

Bio

 
Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards

Awards Director, Wilmington / HSJ

Bio

16 years of experience across event formats from roundtables to LSEs, awards and hospitality has given Chris a unique perspective of what success looks like. Starting with an agency on production and design delivering trade shows and exhibitions then a move to awards and conferences with Wilmington. Chris spent 4 years with the awards team at Emap two of which in Dubai launching new products. After returning he spent the 5 years with Procurement Leaders running their awards and event operations across an international portfolioChris has also worked as Head of Events with the British Retail Consortium and has recently returned to Wilmington as Awards Director on the Health Service Journal programme
Fergus Gregory

Fergus Gregory

Group Commercial Director, The Drum

Bio

As a Drummer, I believe that Marketing can change the World!  My team sells solutions which help our clients play their part in that vision! Having spent the past 15 years leading B2B media teams, growing and launching awards, I am proud to be a judge on the Awards Awards, helping rewards excellence in an often under recognised sector full of dedicated, fun and creative people. 
Helen Horton

Helen Horton

Director of Events, Haymarket Business Media

Bio

 
Marcie Incarico

Marcie Incarico

Managing Director, Mix Group

Bio

Mix Group www.wearemixgroup.com is an independent events and publishing company with a mixed portfolio of wholly owned events and magazines as well as a contract publishing and events division.

Marcie founded Out There Events (OTE) in 2001 which has grown to became a leading, award winning corporate events agency with clients across the UK in the private, public and charity sectors.

In 2012, the business ventured into the world of publishing through the acquisition of Mix Media which publishes the leading interior commercial design magazine, Mix Interiors. This business also delivers the Mixology Awards  – the largest and most respected awards ceremonies in the sector and winner of Best Event by a Publisher for over 700 Attendees at the inaugural Awards Awards.

Melissa Irving

Melissa Irving

Group Event Director, Construction & Engineering EMAP

Bio

Melissa Irving is Group Event Director for the Construction & Engineering and Healthcare & Local Government portfolios at EMAP Publishing Ltd, a content, subscription and networking business, representing a host of industry leading brands across construction, health, local government, fashion and architecture.  Melissa joined EMAP in 2006 as an Executive Conference Producer and now holds a senior position managing operations and content teams across awards, conferences and bespoke events.  With 15 years event experience, Melissa has a keen eye for new product launches and continues to deliver exceptional year on year performance for events serving Construction News, New Civil Engineer, Ground Engineering respectively, Nursing Times and the Local Government Chronicle. 
Angela Jones

Angela Jones

Head of Event Operations, Reed Business Information

Bio

Angela heads up Reed Business Information’s Event Operations team which organises a variety of B2B and B2C national and international events for its business sectors.

With over 19 years events experience she understands the hard work and attention to detail that goes into every event, no matter its size. 

Holly Moore

Holly Moore

Founder and Managing Director, Make Events

Bio

Holly Moore is the Founder and Managing Director of Make Events, a corporate events agency based in Manchester. Make Events was set up in 2012 to design creative, exciting and unique events for the corporate client. Over the last 6 years the business has grown significantly in terms of turnover and staff. 

Holly also sits on the board of the Manchester PA Network; Events Director of the Manchester PA Awards; Director of Holly Moore Events which services her exclusive personal clients and is developing her own brand of I am Holly Moore for coaching, speaking and mentoring. 

Amanda Murray

Amanda Murray

Managing Director, Max Live Events

Bio

Amanda has worked within the events industry for over 20 years, across numerous fields from classical, to rock and pop, and experiential marketing. She landed about 10 years ago in the  corporate world. Here she has gained a reputation for producing highly successful events -from initial concept through to actuality.

Working initially as a junior production manager at an AV Production company, where she quickly progressed to become Event Director

Amanda took the decision at the start of 2014 to launch her own production company – Max Live Events – Who’s ethos is to be “a rather good production company”- Being friendly and personably, adding the extra little touches, going the extra mile and giving attention to detail. 

Jenni O’Donovan

Jenni O’Donovan

Head of Events, Civil Society Media

Bio

Jenni oversees the live events portfolio at Civil Society Media, an independent media company servicing the charity sector. Since graduating from the University of Exeter in 2008, Jenni has worked on a broad variety of events, from international conferences and exhibitions through to mass participation, networking and training. In her current role, she manages both content and operational delivery, and has overseen the growth of Civil Society Media’s event portfolio by 60% through launching several creative new products and refreshing existing formats. The Charity Awards, the company’s flagship event, won ‘best judging process’ at the inaugural Awards Awards ceremony in 2017. 
Lindsey Pearson

Lindsey Pearson

Managing Director, Whitmar Publications

Bio

Lindsey is the managing director of Whitmar Publications, a leading specialist B2B publisher in the printing and packaging markets. During her 19 years with the company, she has been instrumental in establishing a number of highly regarded industry Awards, including the Print, Design & Marketing AwardsThe FlexoTech International Print & Innovation Awards and The Digital Printer Awards.

She has a passion for delivering outstanding products and works closely with a team of professional event organisers to produce the highest quality award ceremonies in the best possible settings. From sponsorship and branding to table plans and guest hospitality, Lindsey gets deeply involved with all aspects of the Whitmar portfolio of awards.

Through her job as publisher of FlexoTech magazine, Lindsey also travels extensively attending trade shows, seminars and award galas in Europe and the US.  

Also confirmed

Matt Brookes, Publisher, Informa

Jeremy King, CEO, Festival of Media and M&M Global

Pip Langdon, Head of Awards, Procurement Leaders

Joanna Marsh, Director, Redactive

Julia Small, Head of Qualifications, Awards & Events, RoSPA

Anke Wallace, Head of Event Operations, Business Intelligence, Informa

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