Judges

  • Kate Canty

    Kate is the Clerk to the Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands.  The role is wide reaching as the West Midlands Lieutenancy is involved in over 500 events per annum, working with the 7 local authorities within the combined authority, voluntary and business organisations. The Lieutenancy also promotes the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, Queens Award […]

  • Paul Faulkner

    Paul Faulkner is the chief executive of Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. Previously, he was chief executive of Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest football clubs.  Birmingham Chambers of Commerce is a membership-based business support organisation, a kind of central portal or hub to steer businesses towards greater opportunities, development and success. Locally, Paul is an Associate […]

  • Safaraz Ali

    Safaraz Ali (Saf) is a social investor and entrepreneur. He is originally from the financial services sector and is the CEO of Pathway Group. Pathway Group is an independent apprenticeship-training provider and has over 1000 Apprentices with businesses across the region. Pathway are also widely known for its diversity and outreach work and deliver Skills […]

  • Paul Cadman

     Paul Cadman joined the Steps to Work/Starting Point Recruitment board of trustees in July 2017.  He is the chair of two private sector organisations and is the CEO of Ex Forces Recruitment. Paul has a wealth of experience in supporting organisations to achieve their potential as well as experience supporting individuals into work through his […]

  • Ed James

    For the past 8 years, Ed James has been waking up Birmingham and the Midlands on the regions biggest and most listened to Breakfast show. Heart Breakfast with Ed James and Gemma Hill is on air every weekday morning from 6-10 providing a huge slice of real life from what he calls ‘the best city […]

  • Debbie Assinder

    Debbie Assinder is a director & enterprise consultant at Rodborough Consultancy also an Enterprise Champion for the West Midlands & Birmingham Chamber associate. As an Enterprise Champion, Debbie is on a mission to help start-ups & small businesses build profitability while making the most of a skill or passion, whether they are high-powered tech firms […]

  • Tony Elvin – Head Judge

    Tony Elvin is the former General Manager at Hotel Du Vin. Tony has been involved in the hospitality industry for the past 24 years.  Having delivered success in three different fields of leisure and hospitality, he has now embarked on a new career in retail aiming to to bring a hospitality mindset to the retail experience […]

  • Judith Armstrong

    Judith Armstrong is the Chief Executive officer of Millennium Point. Judith is responsible for the vision, direction & leadership of the Millennium Point. Judith is passionate about women in leadership and is also member of Curzon Delivery Board.

  • Tim Andrews

    Managing Director of Hollywood Monster, Tim has built a highly successful large format print and signage business. Tim started the business with his father, originally from their family home’s loft space in Hollywood, Birmingham. Since then, Hollywood Monster has become one of the largest in its sector, supplying clients nationwide with a range of graphics […]

  • Kevin Urquhart

    Kevin Urquhart is Managing Director and Founder of Fraser Urquhart Media – the Midland’s most stylish PR and Media Consultancy, who are proud publishers of the iconic SIXTYNINE DEGREES and dluxe Birmingham magazines. Dluxe Birmingham & Solihull has been a loyal supporter of the Awards for many years and looks forward to working with the nominees and winners […]

  • Denise Morris

    Denise Morris is the founder of TAG Network Midlands. She is an entrepreneur, business development professional who has worked for years within the professional services sector. TAG Network Midlands is a networking community within the Midlands that celebrates and supports trainees, apprentices, interns, students and graduate professionals across all industry sectors.

  • Gary Poulton

    Garry Poulton is a proud Brummie that is a current project and Programme Manager for Whitbread Plc. Gary spent seven years as a programme manager, developing new store sites for a leading supermarket chain, but he is best known for his appearance on BBC’s show The Apprentice (2015). His biggest business accomplishment came in 2010-11, when […]