Our Judges

We have developed our judging over 18 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 from a panel of up to 30 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 business, 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 16 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

Mark Whittaker

Head of Marketing and Admissions | WCG

Mark is a senior marketing professional with over 30 years’ experience working across a wide range of industry sectors.

His career started with 10 years at Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars, gaining in-depth experience in marketing communications, branding and marketing operations.

Subsequently he has worked for other automotive brands including VW and Renault and in regional and retail roles for high-end audio-visual company Bang & Olufsen.

For the last 14 years, however, Mark has worked within the education sector, heading up marketing and admissions teams at colleges in South Cheshire, Stoke-on-Trent and now Warwickshire/Worcestershire with WCG. Supporting young people and adults into education and training which will ultimately change their lives makes for a very satisfying outcome to marketing activity.

Clare Galvin

Director of Sales | Crowne Plaza Stratford Upon Avon

Robin Ford

General Manager | Crowne Plaza Stratford Upon Avon