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

Managing Director, Events, 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.
Matt Brookes

Matt Brookes

Publisher, Informa

Bio

Matt has extensive experience (particularly management & sales) in industries as diverse as; Food, Packaging, Automotive, Pharmaceuticals, Regulatory, Finance and Insurance and has worked at informa since 2000. Matt and his team scooped two awards at the ‘Awards Awards 2018’ for Health Insurance Awards 2017 in the ‘Best Long-standing Awards Event” and ‘Best Overall Awards Event” categories.
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.

Damian Cummins

Damian Cummins

Awards Director, SME National Business Awards

Bio

Damian has worked in the awards industry for over 20 years. His business Events and PR now specialise in awards and currently have 9 business awards in their portfolio including SME National Business awards, National Business Women’s Awards and the National Best New Business Awards.

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. 

Jeremy King

Jeremy King

CEO at Festival of Media

Bio

Promoted to the role of CEO in May 2017, Jeremy joined Festival of Media (previously C Squared) in June 2104 as content director before being elevated into the role of managing director in 2015, COO in 2016 and his current role leading the business.

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.

Pip Langdon

Pip Langdon

Head of Awards, Procurement Leaders

Bio

Pip Langdon, born in Bristol has now settled in London as Head of Awards for Procurement Leaders, a business intelligence network working alongside some of the world’s leading brands such as, Coca Cola, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, MasterCard, Sony and Shell.

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.

Joanna Marsh

Joanna Marsh

Director, Redactive Media Group

Bio

Joanna Marsh is a director at Redactive Media Group, the largest independent content marketing and events agency in the UK. Heading up a number of B2B accounts for Redactive, Joanna has been overseen the success of a number of key industry events, including the award-winning CIPFA Annual Conference and Exhibition and Great Places to Work Awards. Heading up both editorial and sales teams, Joanna has extensive publishing experience and a keen interest in celebrating best practice through awards schemes.
Ian McGarrigle

Ian McGarrigle

Chairman, World Retail Congress

Bio

Ian has over 30 years’ experience working within the UK and international retail sector as a journalist, editor, and publisher and as founder and director of the World Retail Congress. He helped launch leading UK trade publication Retail Week, and developed a range of initiatives that have become key industry events, including the Retail Week Conference and the Retail Week Awards. In 2007 he launched the World Retail Congress and the World Retail Awards to serve the international retail market. Ian has also been a Non-Executive Director of Saudi Arabia’s largest food retailer, Azizia Panda and is a regular speaker at retail events around the world.
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. 

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.  

Ian Restall

Ian Restall

Founder, PLC Awards, and AIM Awards and Director of Ford Sinclair Events

Bio

Throughout his career, Ian has been involved in the quoted growth companies sector. His early career was as a stockbroker, analyst, broadcaster and financial journalist in this area and, since founding Design Portfolio in 1991, he has been active in helping many companies in this sector with their investor communication and corporate reporting requirements. Ian is also Chairman of Flathill Communications Group plc, President of The Design Portfolio Marketing Services Inc. and a member of the Investor Relations Society. He is the founder of the PLC Awards, and AIM Awards and Director of Ford Sinclair Events.
Julia Small

Julia Small

Head of Qualifications, Awards & Events, RoSPA

Bio

Julia develops and implements the strategic direction of RoSPA qualifications, awards and events to achieve objectives linked to RoSPA’s charitable mission and financial objectives. She is a member of the RoSPA Executive Management Team and RoSPA Qualifications Governing Body.

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.

Clare Sutherland

Clare Sutherland

Event Director, Global Awards & Recognition, Legal Week / ALM Media

Bio

Clare has worked in events for over ten years and for the Legal Week brand for six of those.  Her current role as Event Director, Global Awards & Recognition involves strategy development for a worldwide portfolio of twenty-six awards.
 Anke Wallace

Anke Wallace

Head of Event Operations, Informa Intelligence

Bio

Anke Wallace is Head of Event Operations for Informa’s Business Intelligence division leading a team of seven event professional responsible for the annual output of 30+ high-quality, market leading international events within six core industry verticals: Pharma & Healthcare, Finance, Transportation/Maritime & Law, TMT, Agriculture & Food, Industry & Infrastructure. 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’.

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