Judges

Andy Burman, CMgr, FCMI, FIAM, FRSA

Andy Burman, CMgr, FCMI, FIAM, FRSA

Chief Executive Officer, The British Dietetic Association

Bio

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.
Sara Drake

Sara Drake

Chief Executive (Designate), ICSA: The Governance Institute

Bio

Sara studied law at the University of Cambridge and has spent much of her career working in the media sector for both publishing and television companies and as a writers’ agent. In recent years she has worked with professional bodies in the built environment and construction sectors as managing director of the Homebuilders Federation and the Royal Town Planning Institute. She was appointed Chief Executive of the Association for Project Management in 2015, which was awarded a royal charter in 2016 and launched its new chartered standard for the profession in 2018. Sara is an Honorary Fellow of Kingston University, a board member of the Quality Assurance Agency and holds non-executive directorships in the private and charity sectors.
Jane Frost CBE

Jane Frost CBE

Chief Executive Officer, Market Research Society

Bio

Jane is CEO of MRS, the world’s oldest Market Research Association which is responsible for both self-regulation of the sector in the UK and also world- wide professional development and publishing.Jane’s last role was at HM Revenue and Customs where she developed and led the Individual Customer function and the department’s strategy and behavioural evidence and insight unit. Before moving to HMRC she held senior roles in both the public and private sector, including with Shell, Unilever, the Department for Constitutional Affairs and the BBC. It was at the BBC as Controller, Corporate Brands , that she was responsible for the iconic “ Perfect Day” Campaign which raised over £2.5m for Children in Need and for which she is the proud possessor of a double platinum disc.Jane is an experienced multinational NED and is currently Vice –Chair of the Fairtrade Foundation, a trustee of the Lowry Arts Centre in Salford and co-chair of the Red Cross Tiffany Circle.
Andrew Goodacre

Andrew Goodacre

Chief Executive Officer, British Independent Retailers Association

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Phil James

Phil James

Chief Executive, Institute of Leadership and Management

Bio

Phil is CEO of the Institute of Leadership & Management; whose mission is to Inspire Great Leadership – Everywhere.

Following an early career in the construction industry, Phil has worked for several professional bodies and charities across a range of sectors as both CEO and Trustee.

Phil has a Masters in Corporate Direction and is currently a doctoral student at the Complexity & Management Centre at the University of Hertfordshire.

Phil’s interests include music, theatre and spending precious time with his family.

Jane Lowe

Jane Lowe

Secretary General, The Institutional Money Market Funds Association

Bio

Jane Lowe was appointed Secretary General of IMMFA in November 2015.  She spent many years working for Jardine Matheson, ABN Amro and the ED&F Man Group. In 1995 she joined the UK Financial Services Authority where she was the regulator for the London Stock Exchange, the London Clearing House and the metal, petroleum and financial derivative markets.

She has for many years now represented the interests of the investment management industry at IMMFA and prior to that at the Investment Association.  She is a history postgraduate and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries.

Alistair McCapra

Alistair McCapra

Chief Executive Officer, The Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Bio

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

Bio

Lesley McLeod is the 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.
Anne-Marie Martin

Anne-Marie Martin

Global Network Consultant, British Chambers of Commerce

Bio

An experienced senior business executive, Anne-Marie Martin has worked in industry and the not-for-profit sector at Board level over many years, with good knowledge and understanding of international business, trade and commerce.

 

Anne-Marie is currently leading the strategy and growth of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Global Business Network, an international affiliation membership programme of British chambers of commerce and business organisations across the world.

 

Anne-Marie is the former CEO of the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE) and before that, the CEO of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce. Prior to working in the chamber of commerce world, roles included senior executive Board level positions in export sales and marketing, operations and PR in the engineering industry for several years.

Anne-Marie is a regular speaker, presenter, panel member and moderator at topical conferences and events, is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and was awarded the King Mihai I of Romania Medal for Loyalty for services in promoting business, social and cultural relations between Britain and Romania. 

Gordon Miles

Gordon Miles

Chief Executive, The Royal College of Emergency Medicine

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Julian Mund

Julian Mund

Chief Executive, Pensions & Lifetime Savings Association

Bio

Julian has worked in membership associations for over 20 years. He joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association as Executive Director in 2013 and became Chief Executive in 2017.

Prior to this he worked at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) for almost 16 years. He undertook a variety of roles such as the Managing Director of their commercial company and their Director of Operations. He led on business growth and strategic development across CIPFA’s commercial business as well as the delivery of their member services.

Julian worked on school policy at the Department for Education before joining CIPFA

Steve Nash

Steve Nash

Chief Executive Officer, Institute of the Motor Industry

Bio

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.

John Newcomb

John Newcomb

Chief Executive Officer, Builders Merchant Federation

Bio

John Newcomb has led the executive team at the Builders Merchants Federation since 2012. The BMF represents and protects the interests of builders’ merchants and their suppliers in the UK and Ireland. Under John’s leadership membership has grown by over 100%, with member companies employing over 115,000 people within thebuilding materials industry.

During his tenure John has overseen the introduction of a raft of business support initiatives, sector-specific discussion and networking forums, and education, training and career development opportunities, each designed to broaden the BMF’s relevanceand appeal. He has taken an energetic and proactive stance to ensure the voice of merchants and their suppliers is heard by policy makers both at national and local level.John holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Bradford Management Centre. Prior to joining the BMF, he held senior Marketing, Commercial and Managing Director roles within the DIY and housewares industry,notably with H&R Johnson, Sandvik Saws & Tools UK, Addis Group Ltd and Imperial International Limited. John also maintained a 15-year involvement with BHETA, the British Home Enhancement Trade Association, the last two years as President.John is a former vice-chair and current member of the Construction Product Association’s executive committee and sits on the board of the Trade Association Forum.John was also nominated for Chief Executive of the Year at the Association Awards UK in 2015 and 2016 and the IoD Director of the Year Awards 2017. Having been elected as President of UFEMAT (the European Trade Association), John took upoffice in mid October 2018. John was granted the Freedom of the City of London in June 2016 and was admittedto the Livery of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants in October of the same year.

Karen Pappenheim

Karen Pappenheim

Executive Director, The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

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Neil Roskilly

Neil Roskilly

Chief Executive Officer, The Independent Schools Association

Bio

Neil Roskilly is Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Schools Association, the charity and membership association that now represents 513 schools and 106,000 pupils in the UK. The Association is 140 years old, but under Neil’s leadership it has doubled in size in the last ten years. ISA offers an unmatched range of services for UK schools, including conferences, professional development for headteachers/principals, and a large range of sports and arts activities for children. Neil advises UK regulators and a range of examination awarding bodies at the policy level.

Neil represented the independent schools sector on the General Teaching Council for England and is a Board Member for The Independent Schools Council, as well as UK director and trustee of the international charity We – formerly Free the Children, and the national eating disorders charity Beat. He is a regular speaker at educational events and his comments often feature in the UK media.

James Selka

James Selka

Chief Executive Officer, Manufacturing Technologies Association

Bio

After serving a full technical apprenticeship James gained a BSc (Hons) from Buckingham University. He has since accumulated over 25 years of manufacturing experience, including 13 years as Managing Director of a specialist high precision, internationally trading, supplier of turnkey instrument sub-systems. Prior to joining the MTA James was Production and HR Director at a major manufacturer of mechanical seals and support systems. James is very knowledgeable about global manufacturing and has a strong interest in supply chains together with logistics. He also has expertise in corporate finance and improving business performance.