Judges

Jerry Avis

Jerry Avis

CEO, Institute of Brewing and Distilling

Bio

Jerry completed his Ph.D. in microbial chemistry at the University of Manchester and entered the brewing industry as a research scientist later becoming the Group Microbiologist for Bass plc before managing quality assurance for three breweries in the Bass Group.  After leaving the brewing industry for a number of senior operational roles in the water and waste industry and later running his own business, Jerry returned to Nottingham University to manage the delivery of a Food and Biofuel Innovation Centre, happily reconnecting with the food and drink industry as part of the role. He worked at Lancaster University as Director of Business Partnerships for science and engineering prior to his current role of CEO of the IBD.   The IBD was founded in 1886 and provides professional qualifications to the brewing, distilling and allied industries in over 90 countries and has an international membership.
Keven Bader

Keven Bader

Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)

Bio

Keven Bader joined the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys in November 2008 as the first Chief Executive. He has overseen many developments during his time at CITMA including the successful petition for a Royal Charter, granted in April 2016, the relocation of the office, the separation of regulatory and representative functions as well as a number of digital transformation projects. In addition to being the Chief Executive of CITMA, Keven is a Director, Trustee and Treasurer of the CITMA Benevolent Fund, a Director of the Institute of Association Management (IofAM) and a School Governor – Vice Chair of the Governing Body.
Frances Baskerville

Frances Baskerville

Secretary-General, CIRM (Comité International Radio-Maritime)

Bio

Frances Baskerville is Secretary-General of CIRM (Comité International Radio-Maritime).

CIRM, established in 1928 is the principal international association for marine electronics companies with a truly global membership. Working in ‘Consultative Status to the International Maritime Organisation (the IMO) CIRM is regarded as the ‘go to’ organisation for information on maritime regulatory and technical issues affecting the electronics sector today.

Frances brings a uniquely diverse background to CIRM. She has worked in many different business sectors and, after joining the organisation in 2004, she was appointed Secretary General in 2013. Focusing on delivering value to the membership, the organisation has doubled in size over the last five years and under her guidance the Secretariat provides its members comprehensive technical and regulatory support.

Claire Bennison

Claire Bennison

Head of UK, ACCA

Bio

Claire is the head of ACCA UK, responsible for leading ACCA’s activity in the UK in representing professional accountants and those aspiring to work in the sector; building and maintaining relationships with government, businesses, employers, universities and learning providers.

In the UK ACCA’s 84,000 members and 80,000 students represent a broad and diverse range of businesses and the public sector.

Claire’s specific interests include the role of technology on the profession, social mobility and diversity in the workplace, and the skills agenda for the UK.

She can be contacted on claire.bennison@accaglobal.com

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Stuart R Broadley FEI

Stuart R Broadley FEI

CEO, Energy Industries Council (EIC)

Bio

Stuart is Chief Executive of the EIC, the Energy Industries Council. Prior to joining EIC in 2016, Stuart enjoyed a successful 25-year career leading global O&M businesses in oil & gas, power and renewables, with Rolls-Royce, Wood, Senvion and Hoerbiger. Stuart also has various non-executive director roles including with the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in UK and the Nuclear Innovation & Research Advisory Board. In 2019, Stuart was invited to become a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

The EIC is the UK’s largest energy supply chain trade association, a not-for-profit with 650 member companies, across oil & gas, power, nuclear and renewable markets that, for 76 years, has advised governments and boardrooms, and helped companies to grow at home and around the world. Their real passion is helping companies to diversify and grow internationally – and their members benefit from EIC’s unique suite of energy market CAPEX & OPEX databases, 130 events p.a., industry & government networks, international launchpad offices and extensive market insight.

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.
David Calpin

David Calpin

Chief Executive Officer, British Veterinary Association

Bio

David has been CEO at the British Veterinary Association since 2013.  He joined BVA from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) where he was a Deputy Director and held a number of senior management roles.   During his career David’s policy responsibilities have included climate change, GM crops, sustainable land management and bovine TB.  He spent two years working at the UK’s Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels, and has also lived and worked in France, South Africa and Brazil. Prior to joining the civil service, David worked for Barclays Bank.
Adam Donnan

Adam Donnan

CEO, Institute of Environmental Services

Bio

Adam has worked for the IES in various roles and in 2013, he was made the organisation’s first CEO. Adam is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Chartered Environmentalist. He is currently a trustee of The Science Council. Between July 2014 and March 2015, he was the Interim CEO of SocEnv, an umbrella body for registration, bringing together 24 professional institutes. Previously, he has held board positions as Vice President of the European Network of Environmental Professionals (ENEP) and as a Non-Executive Director of Change Agents UK (2011-16). He was the 2014 Young Leader of the Year at the Association Awards UK. He holds an MBA and a BA in History.
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.
James Fudge

James Fudge

Head of Events & Members Services, Manufacturing Technologies Association

Bio

James Fudge is Head of Events & Members Services for the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) and worked for the association since 2011. The MTA members design, manufacture and supply the advanced machinery, equipment and intellectual property that enable the creation of the products we rely on from day to day and that drive our economy. The MTA delivers: marketing support and networking opportunities; specific and relevant economic and technical information; representation to Government and other stakeholders; help for exporters; and support for learning and development within member companies and beyond.

James also overseas MACH, the UK’s premier event to showcase manufacturing technologies, run and owned by the MTA. The biennial exhibition, held at the NEC, attracts over 25,000 visitors, over 600 exhibitors and the last edition, MACH 2018, saw over £200,000,000 of business attributed to it.

Established in 1919 the MTA has been at the core of the UK’s engineering based manufacturing economy for a century.

Prior to working at the MTA, James worked for the British Precast Concrete Federation looking after a number of associations under their umbrella.

Andrew Goodacre

Andrew Goodacre

Chief Executive Officer, British Independent Retailers Association

Bio

 
Meryl Halls

Meryl Halls

Managing Director, Booksellers Association of the UK & Ireland

Bio

Meryl Halls was appointed Managing Director of the Booksellers Association of the UK and Ireland in April 2018, having worked at the BA in a variety of roles for many years.  Meryl has been central to the success of many BA initiatives of the last two decades, as well as being a key driver of high street consumer campaigning on behalf of booksellers, helping establish and develop the Books Are My Bag campaign.  Meryl has been a key part of – and now leads – a team which has overseen initiatives which are at least partly responsible for the revitalisation of bookselling in the UK and Ireland.  Meryl is, unsurprisingly, a keen reader and is currently judging the Desmond Elliott Book Award for debut fiction.  She also sits on the Policy Board of the British Retail Consortium, the London Book Fair Advisory Board, and is Vice Chair of the Independent Retailers Confederation.  She is married with two (sort of) grown up children and lives in London.
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.
Charu Malik, PhD

Charu Malik, PhD

Executive Director International Society of Nephrology (ISN)


Bio

Charu has over 12 years of experience in the non-profit sector, the majority of which have been with professional healthcare societies. She joined the International Society of. Nephrology (ISN) as Executive Director in January 2019. She came to the ISN from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), where she was the Vice President for Education, Research, and Special Projects. Prior to APIC, she was the Executive Director for the World Allergy Organization, a global federation of almost 100 national and regional societies. In this capacity, she led the conceptualization, development, and execution of several innovative international partnership ventures, including disease-specific multi-partner, multi-sponsor, and multi-year research and educational initiatives. As a staff lead at the Institute for Diversity Education and Leadership, Charu played a critical role in implementing the programs of a public-private partnership aimed at advancing diversity in the workplace, marketplace, and community. Her experience in working with multi-stakeholder partnerships began when, while as faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she helped the Chancellor with a joint venture comprising of the university, public schools, and the Chamber of Commerce toward improving the quality of teacher education.

In her role at APIC, she provided strategic leadership to the research and educational departments, including the annual conference, as well as all grant-related projects.

Charu transitioned into programming and building partnerships for professional, non-profit societies from undergraduate teaching in women’s studies, gender studies, and comparative literature. She earned her doctorate in English and American literature from Washington University in St. Louis.

Anne-Marie Martin

Anne-Marie Martin

Director for Global Business Networks, British Chambers of Commerce

Bio

Anne-Marie Martin is the British Chambers of Commerce’s (BCC) Director for Global Business Networks, a newly created role that will focus on developing and growing BCC’s global footprint and reach via a network of globally located British chambers of commerce and equivalent British business organisations. Connecting the UK chambers and the overseas British chambers networks and their respective members will ensure continued and enhanced trade, commerce and business between the UK and markets across the world.

An experienced senior Board level business executive, Anne-Marie Martin has worked in industry and the not-for-profit business sector over many years and brings a wealth of experience in international business, trade and commerce and the world of chambers of commerce to the role.

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 leadership and Board positions in export sales, operations and marketing in the engineering industry for several years.

Anne-Marie is a presenter, panel member and moderator at topical conferences and events and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI). She was awarded the King Mihai I of Romania Medal for Loyalty in 2009 for services in promoting business, social and cultural relations between Great Britain and Romania.

Gordon Miles

Gordon Miles

Chief Executive, The Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Bio

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.

Karin Pappenheim

Karin Pappenheim

Executive Director, Association of Anaesthetists

Bio

Karin Pappenheim is CEO of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, which she joined in 2011.  The Association is the national membership organisation for anaesthetists, with over 10,000 members, representing the largest clinical speciality group in the NHS.  She has 35 years’ leadership and management experience in health and social care, including over 20 years as CEO of national voluntary and membership organisations. Karin is past trustee of Terrence Higgins Trust, the HIV charity, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Woman’s Trust.
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.

Caroline Stockmann

Caroline Stockmann

Chief Executive, Association of Corporate Treasurers

Bio

Caroline Stockmann has been Chief Executive of the Association of Corporate Treasurers since February 2017.

Prior to that Caroline held the position of Chief Financial Officer at The British Council, the UK’s largest charity, and before that at Save the Children International.  She has 25 years’ experience in senior finance, commercial and strategic posts at a number of commercial organisations including Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Switzerland), Cadbury Schweppes, Granada plc and Unilever/ Bestfoods (Thailand, Netherlands and UK). Much of her working life has been spent overseas.

Caroline trained with KPMG and is a Fellow (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW).  She has an ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting and has filled numerous roles as trustee over the years, including currently being a member of the Finance and Investment Committee of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, amongst other roles.  Caroline is a linguist, musician, trained coach and passionate bell ringer, and is married with two children.

Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick BSc MSc CPFA PhD

Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick BSc MSc CPFA PhD

Chief Operating Officer Royal College of General Practitioners

Bio

Dr. Vaughan-Dick (PhD) has worked at a senior level in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Valerie is presently the Chief Operating Officer of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). The RCGP is the membership organisation for 53,000 GPs and works extensively to be the voice of General Practice and improve patient care in the UK and internationally. She leads the staff across the organisation in the UK and internationally and joined the RCGP in 2014 initially as Executive Director of Planning and Resources.

Valerie started her career with the National Audit Office where she qualified as an accountant. She worked on value for money and financial audits of the Departments of Health & Social Security, Overseas Services, Local Government and Housing. Valerie has been an Executive Finance and Resources Director in central and local government, working on financial and strategic management issues. She has been a Chair of a NHS Trust and is presently the Chair of the Woolwich Creative District Trust, a major regeneration project covering the Royal Arsenal area in London and Chair of Audit and Board Member of a Housing Association.

In 2008, she was awarded the HM Treasury Government and CPFA Finance Profession ‘Personality of the Year’ award for excellence in financial management.

Katie Warrick

Katie Warrick

Communications & Strategy Director, World Coal Association

Bio

Katie Warrick is WCA’s Communications & Strategy Director and recently spent eight months as Interim Chief Executive. She is a long-standing leader within the WCA team, helping to shape the organisation’s policies and strategic direction. She works with the Executive Team to oversee key programme areas and policy developments, such as WCA’s work on the Sustainable Development Goals and the organisation’s communications programme.

Katie holds a degree in History and Politics from the University of York.

John White

John White

Chief Executive, bacta

Bio

John White is a trade association professional having worked in industries as diverse as meat rendering to baby products and garden furniture to timber.

Prior to joining the Federation of Bakers as a Director in May 2000, John spent tens years in the amusement machine industry at bacta, to which he returned as Chief Executive in July 2014.

He believes trade associations are a vital part of the political culture and at their best are essential to good government.