Enam Ali MBE
Founder, British Curry Awards
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.
Group Events Manager, Hospitality Division, William Reed Business Media
Founder, Operations Managers Awards, UK Hospitality
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.
Events Director – Incisive Business, Incisive Media
Zehra J Chudry
Content Director, GLOMO Awards, GSMA
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.
Awards Director, SME National Business Awards
Event Director, Metropolis
Awards Director, Wilmington / HSJ
Group Commercial Director, The Drum
Director of Events, Haymarket Business Media
Managing Director, Mix Group
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.
Group Event Director, Construction & Engineering EMAP
Head of Event Operations, Reed Business Information
With over 19 years events experience she understands the hard work and attention to detail that goes into every event, no matter its size.
CEO at Festival of Media
An ambassador for the company’s portfolio of events and publishing products he is often out in the global media and advertising industry generating new ideas, enhancing the content and commercial opportunities and encouraging more advertisers to engage in the company’s brands.
This role involves him curating an inclusive culture and working environment, and creative strategies for the company’s products and travelling around the world to chair various industry events.
Prior to this he was communications director for The O2 with responsibility for creating and implementing a communications strategy for the venue, its assets and partners to ensure it maintained its position as the world’s most popular music space, and the number one entertainment destination for both domestic and international visitors.
Before this he was editor of Media Week and Event, the leading titles for the UK media and event industries.
He was brought in to Haymarket in 2004 to launch RSVP magazine before combining this publication with Event and creating a multi-channelled brand with leading print, digital and live event offerings.
Prior to this he was the entertainment editor for the Evening Standard’s Metro Life supplement, and its digital publication thisislondon.co.uk.
Before this he worked as a news and entertainment reporter for the Daily Mirror, having started his career 16 years ago as a trainee journalist on regional newspapers.
Head of Awards, Procurement Leaders
Pip has experience working in creative, live and B2B events and is now producing a range of high profile international, large scale awards and congresses.
Pip and the team won 2 awards for ‘Best Overall Awards Event’ and ‘Best Awards alongside a Conference’ at both the Awards Awards and Conference Awards, 2018.
Director, Redactive Media Group
Chairman, World Retail Congress
Founder and Managing Director, Make Events
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.
Managing Director, Max Live Events
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.
Managing Director, Whitmar Publications
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.
Head of Qualifications, Awards & Events, RoSPA
Julia has a BA (Hons) in Business Management and she has led the RoSPA awards and event business for over 13 years. Responsibilities include ensuring the efficient and effective use of resources, budget, line management, overseeing Ofqual compliance and investigations, overseeing the awards judging and investigations, maintaining robust procedures and policies, creating market leading events including the celebratory award ceremonies with celebrity speakers attended by over 3000 guests annually.
Julia has project managed many events including the RoSPA Centenary Royal Garden Party where 3500 guests were hosted by the society at Buckingham Palace, this involved working closely with the Lord Chamberlain’s office and police to ensure all guests passed robust security checks. She is currently working on RoSPA’s first international events.
Julia previously worked for event management agency RS Live (now Grayling) and worked with clients such as The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, National College for Teaching and Leadership and Department of Health.
Head of Event Operations, Business Intelligence, Informa
Anke is a commercially-focused professional with over 15 years of international events, marketing and stakeholder management experience, more than six years gained at director level. She has a keen interest in driving operational efficiencies and initiating best practice and collaboration amongst key stakeholders.
Anke’s team scooped a double win at the ‘Awards Awards 2018’ for Health Insurance Awards 2017 in the categories ‘Best Long-standing Awards Show’ and ‘Best Overall Awards Show’.
Ian Restall, Founder, AIM, plc and UK tech awards