Judges

Stephen Atkin

Stephen Atkin

Chief Executive, The Racecourse Association

Bio

Stephen Atkin has led the Racecourse Association since 2000 and has overseen the RCA’s contribution to a number of notable landmarks for the sport, such as the creation of the BHA, Racing for Change, and the signing of the Members’ Agreement. Stephen has also overseen the introduction of the RCA’s marquee event, the Showcase & Awards, which celebrates excellence and innovation in racecourse customer experience and gained recognition at the Association Excellence Awards last year as well as the European Association Excellence Awards. A chartered accountant, Stephen has enjoyed a number of roles in the sporting and financial worlds, including at the BHB and ECB.
Brian Berry

Brian Berry

Chief Executive, Federation of Master Builders (FMB)

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Brian Berry is Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders. Prior to his current position Brian was Director of External Affairs at the FMB with responsibility for UK and EU policy, public affairs and media relations. Before the FMB, he worked at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), where he was Head of UK Public Policy. Brian regularly provides commentary on construction issues for TV, Radio, national and trade press.
Helen Boden

Helen Boden

CEO, British Dyslexia Association (BDA)

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A Qualified Specialist Teacher, Helen has worked extensively in the field of dyslexia for over 25 years including carrying out research on behalf of the BDA with Young Offenders and long term unemployed. She has worked for the BDA in various roles, including leading the training and assessment operations, for over 15 years before taking up the post of CEO in 2018.  
Andy Burman, CMgr, FCMI, FIAM, FRSA

Andy Burman, CMgr, FCMI, FIAM, FRSA

Chief Executive Officer, The British Dietetic Association (BDA)

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Andy has been CEO of the BDA for over 14 years and has over 25 years’ experience of leadership in the Third Sector, membership and regulatory bodies. He promotes the work of healthcare professionals nationally and internationally, representing the BDA in the UK and abroad, at Government level as well as across professions. As well as being an experienced CEO, Andy is a company director, charity trustee, lay advisor and management consultant. He has a long history of working with associations across the world, advising on governance and strategy, as well as developing capacity in the association sector. He lectures on professional ethics and governance, and regularly presents at international conferences on leadership, governance and change management.  
Aisling Burnand MBE

Aisling Burnand MBE

Chief Executive, Association of Medical Research Charities

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Aisling Burnand has been the chief executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities since September 2014.

Aisling began her career in communications, working mostly in the private sector. She headed international media relations for Rhône-Poulenc and was a director at the Rowland Company. She joined the BioIndustry Association (BIA) as its first director of public affairs in 1998, before becoming chief executive in 2003. At the BIA she championed UK biosciences, leading on issues including regenerative medicine and animals in research. In 2007 Aisling received an MBE for services to science.

In 2009 Aisling joined Cancer Research UK, where she was executive director of policy and public affairs. During her tenure the charity secured the implementation of point of sale legislation preventing children from viewing cigarettes in shops, and the Sunbeds Act to protect young people from the dangers of sunbeds.

Since 2012 Aisling has run DNA Coaching providing support for senior leaders in business and the not for profit sector.

She is a Trustee of LifeArc, and has been a Trustee of Campaign for the Advancement of Science and Engineering (CaSE) (2011- 2017) and is currently a member of: the UK Clinical Research Collaborative (UKCRC), Research Advisory Group to NHS Digital, OSCHR Sub board on BioInformatics, Life Science Industry Strategy Board, Brexit Health Alliance, and the Brain Tumour

Garry Carter

Garry Carter

Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Certified Bookeepers

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Chris Combemale

Chris Combemale

Chief Executive Officer, The DMA Group

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Chris is the CEO of the DMA Group, comprising the DMA, IDM and TPSL companies. He has over 35 years’ experience in Europe, the USA and Asia/Pacific including senior roles at agencies, brands and technology companies. Chris launched his career in New York with Young & Rubicam in 1982. His 12 years at Y&R included 5 years in Asia including leadership of Wunderman Hong Kong and then Singapore. Chris moved to London in 1994 as European media and sourcing director for Franklin Mint. From 2000 to 2009, Chris developed Emailvision (now Smartfocus) into Europe’s leading email service provider (ESP) in his dual roles of Chief Operating Officer and UK Managing Director. His industry roles include Co-Chair of FEDMA, Chair of the JICMail board, and seats on the boards of the Advertising Association, Asbof and CAP.
Sara Drake

Sara Drake

Chief Executive Officer, Association for Project Management

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Sara Drake was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Project Management in 2015. After studying law her early career was spent in the media sector working with publishing and television companies. She moved into the construction and built environment sector in 2005 and has been Managing Director of the Home Builders Federation and the Royal Town Planning Institute. Sara also holds non-executive roles in the media and construction sectors and is a Trustee of Welcare.
Jane Frost CBE

Jane Frost CBE

Chief Executive Officer, Market Research Society

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Jane is responsible for the leadership of MRS. Jane was previously at HM Revenue & Customs where she developed and led the individual customer function and the behavioural evidence and insight unit. Before moving to HMRC in 2006, she held senior roles in both public and private sector organisations including Shell, Unilever, the Department of Constitutional Affairs and the BBC, where she was responsible for the iconic ‘Perfect Day’ campaign which, as well as winning advertisement of the year, raised £2.5m for Children in Need.
Andrew Goodacre

Andrew Goodacre

Chief Executive Officer, Residential Landlords Association

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Andrew Goodacre has been chief executive of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) since 2013, having previously been a senior manager with the FSB. Under his leadership the RLA has grown by 90% with more than 25,000 subscribing members and is now the leading representative body for landlords in the private rented sector. Andrew believes the success of the organisation is entirely down to the quality of the people, dynamic innovation and maintaining relevance to the needs of its members.
Kevin Green

Kevin Green

Chief Executive Officer, Recruitment & Employment Confederation

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Hilary Hall

Hilary Hall

Chief Executive Officer, National Hairdressers' Federation

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Hilary Hall is the Chief Executive of the National Hairdressers’ Federation (NHF), the UK trade association for over 5000 salon owners in the hairdressing, barbering and beauty industries. Through a wide range of membership services, the NHF helps its members to build successful and profitable businesses as well as campaigning on industry issues. She is a member of Coiffure EU, the European trade body for employer and she is also Vice President of The Hairdressers Charity.
Alan Hawkins

Alan Hawkins

Chief Executive Officer, British Independent Retailers Association

Bio

Alan has over 25 years’ experience in trade association management.

After graduating with a degree in economics from Bristol University and qualifying as a chartered accountant, Alan set up an accountancy practice in Birmingham which, due to family connections, included the British Hardware Federation amongst its clients. This connection was completed when Alan joined BHF as Financial Director in 1985, with the prime responsibility of running its subsidiary Finance Company, a fully FSA regulated business. Alan is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Banking.

In 2006 Alan was appointed BHF Group Managing Director and has set in motion a proactive strategy to take the Group forward. This was evidenced by the successful merger with the British Shops and Stores Group in 2009 which doubled the Group’s retail membership, which is now some 7500 strong. The BHF-BSSA Group changed its name to The British Independent Retailers Association in 2011. The original BHF is now only one of several divisions from housewares through to fashions and furniture retailers. The Group boasts its own banking, buying and publishing subsidiaries.

Alan is a Director of the British Retail Consortium and its European equivalent, EuroCommerce. These complement the Group’s political lobbying and influencing activities.

Francis Ingham

Francis Ingham

Director General, PRCA

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Francis Ingham is Director General of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), operating out of London and Dubai; and Chief Executive of the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO), operating in 55 countries across the globe.

Representing over 20,000 practitioners, the PRCA is the largest professional body of its kind for the PR and communications industry. ICCO is the voice of public relations consultancies around the world. Its membership comprises 40 national trade associations, collectively representing over 2,500 PR firms.

Ingham’s background is in politics and public affairs. He is External Examiner to the American University at Richmond; Trustee of The Speakers’ Corner Trust; and the Master of the City of London Company of Public Relations Practitioners. He was educated at Oxford University, where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He appears in both the UK and the Global editions of PR Week’s PowerBook.

Lorna Jack

Lorna Jack

Chief Executive Officer, Law Society of Scotland - LSS

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Lorna became Chief Executive of the Law Society of Scotland in January 2009.  Since joining she has led the Society’s staff team in delivering a program of modernisation, which has included improvements in the Society’s transparency, governance arrangements, outreach to members and stakeholders and efficiencies in business processes. That program continues with the development of a new bolder, more ambitious five year strategy for 2015-2020. Lorna’s role is to drive the implementation of this new strategy which aims to lead legal excellence in Scotland and beyond enabling the Law Society to be a world-class professional body. In March 2017, Lorna was delighted to accept the UK Association Excellence Award for Leadership.

Prior to joining the Law Society, Lorna was based in the United States, as President Americas for Scottish Development International, the Scottish Government’s trade and investment arm. Previously, Lorna was Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley, one of 12 local enterprise companies covering Scotland. A chartered accountant by profession, and a graduate of Aberdeen University.

Currently, Lorna is the Interim Chair of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited and Chair of their Audit Committee; a Trustee and Treasurer of the McConnell International Foundation; a Court Member of Aberdeen University and a Trustee of Aberdeen University (Charity). 

Alistair McCapra

Alistair McCapra

Chief Executive Officer, The Chartered Institute of Public Relations - CIPR

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Alastair McCapra has been Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations since 2013.  He has worked for professional membership organisations for nearly twenty years, including the Landscape Institute, the Institute of Conservation and ACCA. Previously he had a number of roles in higher education, including at London Business School.  He is an advocate for the adoption of Integrated Reporting by organisations, and serves on the International Integrated Reporting Council as an alternate member.  In a voluntary capacity he chairs the National Heritage Science Forum and is an editor of Wikipedia. He is the author of a PARN provocation paper ‘Professional Bodies in Meltdown?’ and has a particular interest in how AI will change the future of professional services.
Lesley McLeod

Lesley McLeod

Chief Executive Officer, Association for Project Safety

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Lesley McLeod is the new chief executive of the Association for Project Safety (APS) and comes to the association with a background working at Board level in high profile membership organisations and communication across a number of frontline Whitehall departments, including the Home Office and Treasury. She is one of the UK’s leading communication professionals with a reputation for tackling the complex and unpopular. She headed up the communication team at the British Bankers’ Association during the financial crisis and has worked for the UK’s leading energy companies at Energy UK. During her career in government she has worked on a number of high profile news stories ranging from foot and mouth to dangerous dogs, from terrorist bombings to flooding. She has worked on national advertising and awareness campaigns such as drink driving and speeding as well as the introduction of London’s congestion charge. Lesley is a graduate of both Edinburgh and Napier universities and started her working life as a management trainee in Edinburgh. She worked for ScottishPower in Glasgow before moving to London. Lesley was born in Aberdeen and was educated in Thurso. She moved back to Scotland last autumn.
Professor Harry McQuillan

Professor Harry McQuillan

Chief Executive Officer, Community Pharmacy Scotland CPS

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Awarded B.Sc (Hons) in Pharmacy from Heriot-Watt University in 1988, completing a clinical pharmacy (community) post graduate diploma at Queens University Belfast October 2002. From July’88 to November’03 Harry undertook various roles for Boots, chaired Health Board committees, served as a RPSGB Scottish Executive member. In 2003 he was appointed National Pharmacy Advisor to NHS24 working with SEHD/contractors to lead and introduce the “Urgent Supply of Repeat Medicines through Community Pharmacy” initiative. Harry was appointed CEO of Community Pharmacy Scotland (previously Scottish Pharmaceutical General Council). In January 2015 Harry became a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde.
Bev Messenger

Bev Messenger

Chief Executive Officer, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Bio

Bev Messinger became Chief Executive of IOSH, the Chartered body for safety and health professionals, in October 2016.

Formerly Senior Director – Business Improvement at regulator Ofwat, the CIPD Fellow arrived at IOSH with an impressive track record of operational service delivery, organisational transformation and cultural change in national and local government.

Bev is a Non-Executive Director and Vice-Chair of Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and has been a Trustee of Keyring – a national charity for adults with learning disabilities and the Chair of Coventry Citizens Advice Bureau.

She is now leading on the delivery of IOSH’s new five-year strategy – WORK 2022 – which aims to shape the future of safety and health at work.

IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) has more than 47,000 members working with organisations in around 130 countries. It commissions research, campaigns, works with governments on policy and designs and approves health and safety training courses for all working people.

Steve Nash

Steve Nash

Chief Executive Officer, Institute of the Motor Industry

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Steve has worked in the Motor Industry, on both the retail and manufacturer sides, since graduating in 1977. Steve joined BMW in 1986 and was a Director of the company from 1997, including a period as Group Aftersales Director, looking after the Rover and Land Rover brands as well.

Steve was Chairman of the IMI for five years, before becoming President in November 2009. In 2012 he joined the IMI as Chief Executive Officer.

Jane Pendlebury

Jane Pendlebury

Chief Executive, HOSPA

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Jane Pendlebury is CEO of HOSPA the Hospitality Professionals Association. Kickstarting her career with a career in Hotel Management, Jane worked with DeVere Hotels, The independently owned Castle Hotel in Taunton and then as an agency conference planner. Following a move to London, Jane spent many years assisting hotels with their technology decisions on Property Management, Point of Sale and Revenue Management ending up as VP and General Manager of Agilysys in Europe. Her relationship with HOSPA was first as a sponsor and member, then after volunteering her time assisting with the annual conference HOSPACE she was taken on to run the Membership and Events office finally being promoted to CEO in early 2016. 
Jo Revill

Jo Revill

Chief Executive Officer, British Society for Immunology

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David Smith

David Smith

Chief Executive Officer, Energy Networks Association

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Mark Tanzer

Mark Tanzer

Chief Executive Officer, Association of British Travel Agents

Bio

Mark Tanzer has been Chief Executive of ABTA since 1 September 2005. Over that period, and following its amalgamation with the Federation of Tour Operators, ABTA has consolidated its position as the leading UK travel association with 1,200 corporate members comprising tour operators, cruise companies and travel agents. ABTA offers a broad range of services including financial bonding, health and safety support and business guidance. In addition it has very wide consumer recognition through its customer support and alternative dispute resolution activities.

Before joining ABTA, Mark held senior strategy and corporate finance positions in a number of industry sectors. Immediately prior to ABTA, Mark was Group Strategy Director of Centrica plc., the parent company of British Gas.

Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward

Chief Executive Officer, The Giftware Association

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