Our Judges

We have developed our judging over 17 years and our judges, all top business people within their chosen arena, have cited our awards as both the most transparent and professionally executed. Each application is scored by up to 4 different judges, all applications are seen by different members of the judging panel. The judges spend several hours and score not only their own sponsored category but several others too, this ensures transparency. The first page of questions is designed to give the judges a real feel for your organisation, followed by several questions that are scored from 1 to 5. It is worth noting that although all judging is computer based please ensure you upload images or screen shots of all important pages. There are no site visits or presentations involved. The finalists are chosen by adding all the scores and up to 8 entrants can make it through to the final, however if scoring is low, less entrants make it through. Should you wish to read our Top Tips, please click HERE

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Jason Sinclair

Chief Operating Officer | Profile Resourcing

Jason is a Commercial Director and Management Consultant with a background in HR Management, currently Chief Operating Officer at Profile Resourcing, an Inclusive Recruitment Specialist.

Having had a wealth of experience over the last 24 years in Blue Chip, SME, Public Sector and Higher Education, Jason is a proud vocal supporter of Diversity and Inclusion and other initiatives designed to give all the chance of success!

Jason also sits on several boards as a Trustee and Strategic Advisor.

“I’ve been proud to support the SME’s as a judge, and always look forward to celebrating this variety of talent!”

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Chantel Scherer

Director of Marketing | Sport and Recreation Alliance

Chantel Scherer is a senior communications professional with over 20 years’ experience implementing successful, integrated, strategic corporate communications, public relations and marketing campaigns across both traditional and digital channels in large, complex organisations. She is currently Director of Marketing, Communications and Member Engagement at the Sport and Recreation Alliance, which is the voice of the sport and recreation sector with policy and decision makers across Government and works to get the nation active. She has a proven track record of developing innovative plans and engagement strategies that maximise opportunities and drive change with vision and purpose across both commercial, third sector and non-profit organisations and currently delivers the Community Sport and Recreation Awards which have been going for over two decades to recognise the power of sport in local communities.

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Keith Middleton

Director | Middleton and Clark Accounts

Keith is a Consultant at George Hay Chartered Accountants, having previously been a Partner in the firm for 20 years. He played an instrumental role in establishing the Letchworth office when it opened its doors in 1982 and he is still based there today. Keith will celebrate his 49th year working for George Hay on 19th August 2017. During his time with the firm, Keith has built an outstanding reputation upon providing tailored, sound and thorough advice to a substantial and diverse portfolio of businesses, including family owned companies and start-ups, as well as establishing himself as a familiar face and well-known name in the industry. Keith specialises in advising clients operating in the leisure and hospitality industries, encompassing hotels and the licensed trade. Outside of his role as an accountant, Keith is a long-standing treasurer of an investment club which has been trading in shares for over 20 years. Keith is a director on the board of biz4Biz, a Hertfordshire-based network for like-minded business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals and is also a member of the Hertfordshire LEP’s Skills & Employment Programme Board. In his spare time, though difficult to believe he has any, he can often be found out on the golf-course.

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Sarah Ainslie

Owner | Network Engineering Services

Sarah has been a passionate supporter of small business and enterprise matters for over 20 years. As a former North East Policy Manager, her professional career has included representing the interests of SMEs at regional and national level, managing SME policy campaigns and successfully building key partnerships with political decision makers, business and community stakeholders. She previously founded a public affairs consultancy company, setting a new agenda within the industry as a social enterprise to help organisations better understand the impacts of complex political and policy environments. Most recently Sarah has been responsible for managing an extensive portfolio of leadership and workforce development training, creating bespoke skills solutions for public, private and voluntary sector organisations. She holds a Master of Arts in Regional Development, formerly co-founded a women’s business network, is an active member of the business community and Trustee of Epilepsy Outlook.

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